Written by one of Houston’s most acclaimed chefs, James Beard Award-winning Chris Shepherd, Cook Like a Local: Flavors That Can Change How You Cook and See the World transforms the commonly held perception that local food must be rooted in centuries-long preparation. For Shepherd, locality is quantified by proximity: “The last census showed that there is no longer a ‘majority’ in Houston. It’s a city of minorities. So for me, thinking about what it means to cook locally in Houston means going out into the different neighborhoods of my city and taking a census of my own: one of flavors, and of culinary traditions,” he writes in the book’s introduction. The book offers recipes from a variety of local chefs from an even more varied range of cultures—all with true-to-the-dish ingredients, which are indexed at the back of the book, and explanations on how to make key ones (like toppings, bases, sauces). The book is available for pre-order and will ship 3 September.
Cook Like a Local: Flavors That Can Change How You Cook and See the World