Texas, My Texas

Texas, MyTexas“Readers of all ages can learn something about Texas history – and have fun doing it.” – Glenn Dromgoole, Abilene Reporter-News

Texas history was never like this. Roger Moore’s new book has taken some of the most notable — and obscure but fascinating – episodes, then adds a humorous twist to create off-the-wall cartoons.

Give the jean-pocket-sized book to that reluctant history student in the family, and it might ignite enthusiasm for the once dry subject. It can be a perfect stocking-stuffer at Christmas, or a handy house gift at any time of year.

The cartoonist covers incredible ground, noting that two Hispanic rebel leaders signed the Texas Declaration of Independence, and that the Popeye comic strip first appeared in a 1929 issue of the Victoria Advocate. Then there’s the 1882 opening of Judge Roy Bean’s famous justice-dispensing, west of the Pecos saloon, the 1861 creation of the first Stetson cowboy hat, and the 1907 founding of Post, a planned community created by C.W. Post, inventor of Post Toasties cereal.

There’s more, including the first Thanksgiving held in Texas. The 1541 banquet was attended by 1,500 Spanish explorers and local tribe members in Palo Duro Canyon, eight decades before the one in Plymouth, Mass.. Then there’s the San Antonio heiress who insisted on being buried in her Ferrari. Needless to say, few of these facts have ever been taught in a Texas classroom.

“Moore is a Texas living legend, a Merkel rancher, family man, civic leader and Will Rogers-like philosopher,” says Austin author Mike Cox. Moore has been cartooning for 17 years with his comic drawings appearing in 25 newspaper around the state, many of those while working as an ad man in Austin.

More Texas Sayings Than You Can Shake A Stick At

More Texas SayingsThis hilarious classic by former Texas Monthly writer/editor Anne Dingus has been enlarged with 200 more sayings, including a slew from Molly Ivins, Ann Richards, LBJ, Jim Hightower, Dan Rather and Darrell Royal. A perfect stocking stuffer, or anytime at all gift.

“The higher the hair, the closer to God.” – Gov.Richards.

“A great read. This little book is more fun than a packed-pew preacher,” raves Mike Cox, Lubbock Avalanche Journal.

Longhorn Football Legends

Longhorns_lowres_coverEvery UT Longhorn fan will want to grab hold of this backpocket-sized book about the beginnings and the not-so-distant past of his or her revered team. To those straining to grasp what all the fuss is about, Longhorn Football Legends is for them, too.

Author Dave Sessions is a UT Ex but also a professional sports writer (formerly of the Fort Worth Star-Telegram) unafraid to lay bare some of the squad’s most embarrassing episodes, like when a 30-year-old imposter from California talked his way into a football scholarship and onto the field.

And Sessions deftly retells the team’s proudest moments.

Revisit the greatest games and championships, then see how a UT student dognapped Reveille, Texas A&M’s beloved mascot, after learning it was the only such symbol in the Southwest Conference never to have been stolen.

Legends covers the rivalries, the historic seasons, the standout players and the larger-than-life coaches (with numerous citations of Darrell Royal’s best “Royalisms”). It tells the stories behind Bevo, “Hook ‘em Horns,” and the Longhorn logo that seems to adorn every other car in Texas.

Aggie Football Legends

Aggiescover Every Aggie will want to grab hold of this backpocket-sized book about the beginnings and the not-so-distant past of his or her revered team. And to those straining to grasp what all the fuss is about, Aggie Football Legends is for them, too.

Author Anthony Andro is an A&M alumnus but also a professional sports writer (formerly of the Fort Worth Star-Telegram, now with Fox SW) unafraid to lay bare some of the squad’s most embarrassing episodes, like the humiliating 38-0 loss to the University of Texas at its very first game, in 1894.

And he deftly retells the team’s proudest moments.

Revisit the historic games and championships, then see how Aggies branded Bevo, the UT Longhorn, with “13-0″ – A&M’s winning score in 1915 – and later invited to eat the steer ith their rivals five years later when the mascot was barbecued. You can’t make this stuff up.

Legends covers the over-heated rivalries, the historic seasons, the standout players and the larger-than-life coaches, Jackie Sherrill, Bear Bryant, Dana Bible. In short, it explains to all comers the Aggie mystique and why its fans go beyond diehard.

The Big Bend Guide Digital Edition

Texas Redneck Roadtrips


“The man who loves all things Texas is sure to enjoy this

mini guide to some of the Lone Star State’s
unique and intriguing attractions.”
– Fort Worth Star-Telegram

Ever hanker to swim with gators, snare humongous catfish by hand, shoot feral hogs from a helicopter or just
sit throw back a free Shiner Bock?
Writer Allan Kimball has unearthed these and other regional delights that could fill numerous bucket lists, should they fall under the category he entitled, Texas Redneck Road Trips
It’s a hilarious take on traveling through Texas. Scores of interesting stops.
Truth tell, you don’t have to be a redneck bubba to enjoy this back pocket-sized (4.25″X5.5″),
value-priced, printed-in-Texas guide. Kimball discloses how to find the world’s densest
concentration of inimitable barbecue (Lockhart), or an amazing army surplus store (Col.
Bubbie’s of Galveston), or a one stop shop for bait and tacos (Frank’s at Canyon Lake).
But whatever corner of the state you’re heading, keeping Texas Redneck Road Trips handy
will make any trip more rewarding.

Bicycle Texas

The newest bicycling guide to the Lone Star state is remarkably affordable and sized to fit a bike jersey pocket next to the energy bars. And it makes the perfect birthday present or stocking suffer for the cyclists in the family.

Bicycle Texas covers all regions of the state. Each route includes a detailed map, elevation profile and difficulty rating. It gives thumbnail descriptions of Texas mountain biking trails. Then there’s a complete list of bike shops and the lines they carry in case you need a flat fixed or parts for that rare Italian import.

In addition, the guide includes a detailed calendar of the state’s riding events, tips for cycling in Texas, a rundown of bicycle clubs around the state as well as custom bicycle makers, in case you want a bespoke, made-in-Texas road bike or commuter.

Texas Ethnic Cuisine

Texas Ethnic CuisineDianna Hunt celebrates the cultural traditions that early settlers stitched into the state’s patchwork, each ethnic wave contributing distinct flavors.
Hunt searched out authentic recipes for Czech kolaches and Polish pierogi, for Mexico’s chiles relleños and Native American fry bread.
From Southeast Texas, Cajun filé gumbo and bread pudding with whiskey sauce; from the Hill Country, jägerschnitzel – Germany’s version of chicken-fried steak.

From the hearty African-American cast-iron pot cooking of East Texas, there’s Sunday fried chicken; from the Norwegian Texans of Bosque County, delicate lace cookies, to name just a few in this handy collection.
Here’s a book whose pages open delicious doorways into the kitchens of Texas’ rich ethnic heritages.

100 Great Things About Texas

100 Great Things About Texas

By popular demand, a Fort Worth boutique press has brought back 100 Great Things About Texas, a perennial favorite by Texas writer Glenn Dromgoole. Not a travel guide and not exactly a Texas brags book, it is a celebration of 100 subtle, and not so subtle, serious and not so serious, things that make Texas the special place that it is. (104 pages, paperback}

And the book has earned rave reviews:

“. . . a great little gift book.”  –Round-up Magazine
“. . . a small book perfect for those ‘one-more-gift’ gifts. . . . It’s just $6.95, which is  another great thing about Texas.” –Kerrville Daily Times
“. . . just the right size (and price) and . . . a fun addition to the loot for my grown children and grandchildren.” –Brazosport Facts
“. . . sure to spark the interest of native and non-native Texans alike.” –Review of Texas Books
“This is one of those little stocking-stuffer books that’s simply a fun read.” –Bryan-College Station Eagle

A Cajun Family Cookbook

A Cajun Family Cookbook

John Gravois comes from Houma, Louisiana, and is proud of it. His new book, A Cajun Family Cookbook, spreads the joy of regional cuisine as practiced by his relatives. It starts with recipes his mother taught him and Gravois ladles in more family favorites from generous southern Louisiana relatives.

He gives you a crash course in Cajun, rendering the region’s specialties accessible to anyone. From party foods like shrimp with remoulade sauce to singular gumbos, jambalayas and étouffées; from favorite sides like maque choux and zucchini pirogues to desserts like pralines and bread pudding; from breads to breakfasts, Gravois’ cookbook celebrates the bounty of his people’s famous cuisine.

Gravois, an award-winning journalist who hails from a rice-growing family, provides a primer on Cajun cooking techniques, including the best way to make perfect roux. Aside from familiar favorites, such distinctive fare as armadillo fricassée, stuffed quail, and venison stew are offered up along with sumptuous desserts like sweet potato pudding and pralines.

If you grew up in Cajun country – the book will recall memories of raucous family reunions and other gatherings with aunts bearing her proudest dish. For non-Cajuns, it’s a chance to eat very, very well. Again and again.

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