Sunday, October 15, 2017

Queso! By Lisa Fain The Homesick Texan Book Review

A fun, full-color look at everyone's favorite cheese dip, with history, tips, facts, and 50 recipes from beloved food blogger Lisa Fain, "the Homesick Texan."

Queso (aka chile con queso) is a spicy, cheesy, comforting cult favorite that has long been a delicious addition to any party, barbecue, or family gathering. This appealing and accessible book features a mix of down-home standards and contemporary updates, from historical, regional, and Mexican quesos to vegan and dessert quesos, including Chile Verde Con Queso, Squash Blossom Queso Fundido, Fajita Queso, Cactus and Corn Queso Poblano, Frito Salad with Queso Dressing, Pulled Pork Queso Blanco, and Sausage Queso Biscuits. Whether you're relaxing with friends, having a few people over to watch the football game, or entertaining a hungry crowd, queso is the perfect party food for good times.

My Thoughts:

I absolutely love queso. What’s not to love about cheese! I’m always on the lookout for new recipes to serve to my guest or at potlucks.

This is a hardback book

The recipes are regional recipes broken down in regions or styles.  With 50+ unique recipes that include an array of ingredients. The majority of ingredients can be found locally or online.

Here is the layout of the book:

Chili Con Questo, The Early Years
Tex-Mex Classics
On The Border
Quirky Quesos
Queso In The Wild

The introduction is interesting as it goes over different ingredients like using fresh chiles and the different ones. She also covers some of the dried whole chiles, and ground chiles. I thought this was very helpful when choosing a chile to use in your recipe. She talks about the flavor and how to use them. I never knew you could rehydrate dried chiles.

Then the author talks about the most important aspect of queso and that is the cheese! Or it’s the most important part in my opinion! She informs you about 14 different cheeses from the flavor, to how to use it in a recipe.

Each recipe covers the history and the background of the recipe. The majority of the recipes have full colored pictures.

My only complaint is the size of the book. I personally would prefer the book to be a bit larger and the recipes to be on one page. That is minor and just my personal preference.

If you’re ready to take your queso recipe beyond block cheese and a can of tomatoes with chiles then you are looking in the right place.

I received a free copy of this product from Blogging for Books- Waterbrook in exchange for my honest review. I was not required to write a positive review nor was I compensated in any other way. All opinions I have expressed are my own or those of my family. I am disclosing this information accordance with the FTC Regulations.

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