2012 Holiday Gift Guide: Celebrate With Cookbooks Written By Authors in DFW

Every year on SideDish, we like to devote our energy to supporting small local food businesses here in DFW. For the twelve days, we’ll be highlighting jams, jellies, pies, classes, wines, coffees, teas, and basically any food product made locally on Dallas (or close to it) soil. Today is Cookbook Day. If you’ve got a product that you want included, send me an email with your information and a picture. This list will often be updated, so don’t fret about deadlines. We’re here to serve you guys.

Edible DFW Cookbook

I talked to Edible DFW editor, Terri Taylor, the other day about this cookbook. It was the craziest thing she’s ever done, she said. But also the best thing she could’ve done for our North Texas community. This perfect holiday gift is a collection of recipes and profiles of people in North Texas who love food. Try out Tim Byres’ pickled green beans and carrots with blistered tomatoes, or Paula Lambert’s recipe for roasted beets, feta, and frisée salad. Katherine Clapner has her Turkish coffee truffles recipe, and there are instructions for a Texas grapefruit pie by Kate Nelson of Emporium Pies. It’s all here in one book. (A hidden bonus: two beautiful vintage maps are located inside the removable book jacket.)

Buy it here for $19.99. Free shipping, too.

Sweet on Texas: Lovable Confections From the Lone Star State

Author Denise Gee collaborated with her photographer husband, Robert Peacock, on this delicious book about Texas sweets. It features “the must-know, must-eat recipes, and must-meet desserts garnished with stories about local Texas bakeries, the youngest pastry chef you’ve ever met, and how to organize a Southern cookie swap.” I’m looking at page 77 in the book right now and literally salivating at this gorgeous photo of a lemon-lime meringue tart, which Gee lovingly calls “Texas Big Hairs.” I’m pretty sold on this one. I don’t think I’ll be giving away my copy for Christmas, because I want to keep it. I would recommend buying two, then: one for yourself and one for a loved one. Sweet on Texas is sold on Amazon for $16.47.

The 12 Days of Food Gifts

Day One: Cheese

Day Two: Candy

Day Three: Tamales

Day Four: Baked Goods

Day Five: Drinkables

Day Six: Cook Books

Day Seven: Cooking Classes

Day Eight: Jams and Pickles

Day Nine: Gift Cards and Gift Boxes

Day Ten: Meats

Day Eleven: Gifts That Give Back

Day Twelve: Juice Cleanses

Need more gift ideas? See Raya’s guide on ShopTalk.