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The Texas Experience: Friendship & Food Texas Style | Richardson Woman's Club 1993 ©1982
The Texas Experience: Friendship & Food Texas Style | Richardson Woman's Club 1993 ©1982
Southern Living Hall of Fame Winner

The Texas Experience: Friendship & Food Texas Style | Richardson Woman's Club 1993 ©1982

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THE TEXAS EXPERIENCE: Friendship & Food Texas Style is a regional cookbook published in 1982 by the Richardson Woman's Club.  The cookbook has been named a Southern Living Hall of Fame winner.

Introduction written by Frank Tolbert, co-founder of the Annual World's Championship Chili Cook-Off and author of multiple cookbooks. The book includes Frank's Texas chili recipe.

Throughout the cookbook, colorful photographs highlight sample party menus throughout the cookbook--like a Dallas Cowboys Tail Gate featuring Clark Gable's Pork Tenderloin and Driskill Hotel Cheese Soup; the Texas State Fair featuring Salt Water Taffy and Corny Dogs; and Dinner on the Grounds featuring Crunchy Fried Chicken and East Texas Biscuits.The 372-page cookbook is filled more than 130 recipes.

It is a great example of a "community cookbook,' which were often published for women by women.  These cookbooks provide unexpected insights into aspects of American culture and public history at a given time in history.  They give the reader a snapshot of historical details not documented elsewhere and have become unofficial records of the past.  For some cookbook collectors and culinary scholars, their historical value far outweighs the recipes inside.

Most community cookbooks were created as a charity or community fundraiser. This book was a long-term fundraiser for the Richardson Woman's Club. The Club, organized in 1955 provides scholarships and financial support on the basis of need.

The hardbound cookbook is in good used condition. The Southern Living Hall of Fame sticker is on the front. This is a copy from the eighth printing in 1993.


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