Featured Titles on Display: What’s Cooking, Texas? Texas Cuisine Through the Ages

Aly Head, Reference Librarian

Photo of books on display on a 3-shelf bookcase. Books about Texas and Texas cuisine are on top of the case and on the shelves sitting on easels facing out.
Display featuring titles related to Texas cooking and cuisine on view through July 2o24. Reference Reading Room, Texas State Library and Archives Commission.

Food is the great unifier, a staple of every major occasion from celebration of life to mourning of loss. It reflects culture, socioeconomic status, and history. As such, by looking at the food of a people, researchers may learn more about them. The Texas State Library and Archives Commission (TSLAC) is therefore celebrating Texas food in all its forms with a new featured book display.

Photo of a a chili tasting at a chili festival. Two woman are at a table under a sign reading Curtis Stewart, San Marcos, Tex. A man at the booth holds a bowl in one hand.
[Chile Festival], undated. Texas Tourist Development Agency photographs and audiovisual materials, 1991/077-703-10. TSLAC.

TSLAC has a variety of artifacts related to dining throughout Texas history. Many of these artifacts were included as part of our exhibit, “Setting the Texas Table.” Want another taste? Check out our blog post, “Setting the Texas Table: ‘Dishing’ on the Artifacts Collection at the Texas State Archives,” which explores some of the dishes intertwined with Texas history at the Governor’s Mansion in detail.

Sepia-toned drawing of people and horse-drawn carriages and wagons fill an open town square surrounded by 19th or early 20th century buildings. There are tables set up with food being served. The drawing is called Military Plaza Chile Con Carne or Mexican Supper.
Drawing, “Military Plaza-Chili-Con-Carne or Mexican Supper,” undated. Places Collection, 1/103-628. Prints and Photographs. TSLAC.

Whether you believe beans belong in chili or not—a debate for the ages—TSLAC has materials relevant for a variety of diets, historic and modern. Food can be viewed through the lens of genealogy to build a timeline into the past, affected by availability of certain foods and spices through trade, exploration, climate, and times of economic hardship or prosperity.

photo of buffet-style food on display with chickens and other dishes set up at the chili festival.
[Chili Festival], undated. Texas Tourist Development Agency photographs and audiovisual materials, 1991/077-703-1. TSLAC.

While food isn’t allowed in the Reference Reading Room, the collections at TSLAC hold a wide variety of materials highlighting Texas cuisine, both historical and modern. Some of these materials are currently on display in the Reference Reading Room through July. Other items, listed below, are available remotely via E-Books. More information about our location and hours can be found on our “Visit Us” webpage. For more information about access to the titles on display, please contact TSLAC reference services at ref@tsl.texas.gov or call 512-463-5455.



Call Number


Cooking Texas style : traditional recipes from the Lone Star State

Wagner, Candy



My daily bread : three generations of family and food

Curtin, Gail A.

929.2 C94cu


Heritage and ham hocks : a collection of treasured recipes, stories, and photographs honoring the pioneers of Hopkins County, Texas

Hopkins County Genealogical Society

976.4274 H774co


Eats : a folk history of Texas foods

Sewell, Ernestine P.

394.1 SE89


With or Without Beans: an Informal Biography of Chili

Cooper, Joe E.

641.5 C786w


Capitol cook book : favorite family recipes of Texas Governors, senators, and other State officials

Creighton, Sue

641.5 C862C


The Daughters of the Republic of Texas, District VIII presents A pinch of this and a handful of that

Thames, Delma Cothran

641.5 D265


The first Texas cook book; a thorough treatise on the art of cookery, 1883

First Presbyterian Church

641.5 L124 1963


Texas country German and Czech style recipes

G & C Recipes

641.5 T312


Southwestern vegetarian

Pyles, Stephan

641.5636 P993


Dining with the cattle barons : yesterday and today

Morgan, Sarah

641.59764 M823D


New tastes from Texas

Pyles, Stephan

641.59764 P993n


Down home Texas cooking

Stroman, James

641.59764 St877d


Texas food companies : a tasty guide

Cloos, Rhonda

664 C622t


Ma’s in the kitchen : you’ll know when it’s done : the recipes and history of Governor Miriam A. Ferguson, first woman governor of Texas

McQueary, Carl

976.4061 F381M


Foods Texans love : serving up summer

Byrne-Dodge, Teresa

A900.8 F739T

Texas Documents

Go Texan herbs : the very zest of Texas

Texas. Department of Agriculture

A900.8 G534TEH

Texas Documents

Taste of Texas

Texas. Department of Agriculture. Marketing Division.

A900.8 T186 1985

Texas Documents

Report of the Healthy Food Advisory Committee : fresh food availability in Texas

Texas. Department of Agriculture

H350.8 R299HE 2010

Texas Documents

Goodbye gluten : happy healthy delicious eating with a Texas twist

Stanford, Kim

Z N745.8 ST247go

Texas Documents

Tales of Texas cooking : stories and recipes from the Trans Pecos to the Piney Woods and High Plains to the Gulf Prairies

Vick, Frances Brannen

Z N745.8 T143

Texas Documents

Cooking with the Texas poets laureate

Ethredge, Elizabeth

Z S200.8 C776

Texas Documents

Choctaw-Apache foodways

Caldwell, Robert B. Jr.

Z S850.8 C127ch

Texas Documents

From tea cakes to tamales : third-generation Texas recipes

McKey, Nola

Z TA475.8 M199fr

Texas Documents, E-Book

Texas is chili country : a brief history with recipes

Alter, Judy

Z TT422.8 AL79te

Texas Documents

Don’t count the tortillas : the art of Texas Mexican cooking

Medrano, Adán

Z TT422.8 M469do

Texas Documents

Truly Texas Mexican : a native culinary heritage in recipes

Medrano, Adán

Z TT422.8 M469tr

Texas Documents

Uchi : the cookbook

Cole, Tyson

Z UA380.8 C676UC

Texas Documents

Cooking with Texas highways

University of Texas Press

Z UA380.8 C776te 2014

Texas Documents, E-Book

Music in the kitchen : favorite recipes from Austin city limits performers

Facemire, Glenda Pierce

Z UA380.8 F118MU

Texas Documents

Fonda San Miguel : forty years of food and art

Gilliland, Tom

Z UA380.8 G415fo

Texas Documents

Texas BBQ, small town to downtown

McSpadden, Wyatt

Z UA380.8 M249te OVER-T

Texas Documents

The Salt Lick cookbook : a story of land, family, and love

Roberts, Scott

Z UA380.8 R544sa

Texas Documents

Texas seafood : a cookbook and comprehensive guide

Stoops, PJ

Z UA380.8 ST72te

Texas Documents, E-Book

Breakfast in Texas : recipes for elegant brunches, down-home classics, and local favorites

Thompson-Anderson, Terry

Z UA380.8 T371br

Texas Documents

Texas on the table : people, places, and recipes celebrating the flavors of the Lone Star State

Thompson-Anderson, Terry

Z UA380.8 T371ta

Texas Documents

The Jemima Code: Two Centuries of African American Cookbooks 

Tipton-Martin, Toni

Z UA380.8 T499je

Texas Documents, E-Book

Curious about the collections at TSLAC? Explore online here: https://www.tsl.texas.gov/arc. Contact our reference staff with questions: ref@tsl.texas.gov / 512-463-5455