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Stephen B. Chambers Architects hosted the May kickoff party for the Texas launch of the new Ellise Pierce cookbook, Cowgirl Chef: Texas Cooking with a French Accent. Over one hundred guests tasted a few recipes, sipped champagne, and bought signed copies of the book that author David Leibovitz describes as, “Texas and Paris meet deliciously with recipes that spice up the French classics–and give a little bit of savoir-faire to Tex-Mex favorites!”
Ellise’s inner cowgirl and the subsequent book began to evolve when the Denton, Texas native found herself homesick in Paris with just 100 euros in her bank account. Cooking and writing were safe havens in the chaos and unpredictable French culture that she needed to make home…at least until she had enough money to get back to Texas. She taught herself to adapt her favorite recipes from home, using French techniques, ingredients, and kitchen equipment. Pretty soon, her catering business in which she cooked for other homesick expats was launched. The Cowgirl Chef blog and website followed. Someone suggested she write a cookbook detailing the emergence of the unique style of cooking that’s part Texas, past French, and all cowgirl. It seemed so far-fetched, but then why not? She had moved to Paris and discovered a cowgirl, the one who had been there the whole time.
Ellise Pierce continues to chronicle her expat adventures on the blog, cowgirlchef.com and in her column in the Fort Worth Star Telegram, which is distributed to more than 300 other newspapers. She has written for Newsweek, People and Texas Monthly. She is now on a tour for the book tour and in cooking classes throughout the southwest this summer. She returns to Paris in the fall, with her suitcase-full of jalapenos.
Clients and friends of Chambers Architects thoroughly enjoyed engaging with this talented new author and creator of an emerging cuisine. Can products and a second cookbook be far behind? We think not!
About Steve Chambers
Steve Chambers has been a licensed Texas architect since 1975 and is a principal and founder of Stephen B. Chambers Architects, Inc., an architectural firm that specializes in residential design, remodeling, and historic renovation. Steve is also a licensed interior designer. Stephen B. Chambers Architects, Inc. has a focus on Texas regional modern and traditional design and believes in the application of the principles of Sustainable Design and Universal Design.
In gallery, below, are a few photos of: shopping at the Dallas Farmer’s Market, preparation for the tasting, and the event at the Chambers’ home. The book, Cowgirl Chef, by our friend Ellise Pierce, is available on Amazon, published by Running Press.