Denton Public Library is a PokeStop!

YES (insert fist-pump here)!  Each Denton Public Library is a PokeStop!

I actually work at a PokeStop.  I was very happy to discover this fact upon arriving to work at the North Branch Library last week.   I’ve even caught several Pokémon (not Pokémons, as my son pointed out to me earlier today:  “that’s just like saying deers, Mom”) in our break room, which I think is pretty cool, too.

It’s been fun so far, playing with my family and friends.  Lots of adventures are anticipated, such as getting to Level 5 so I can battle at a gym.  Sounds strange at first, but you, too, can assimilate! 😉

Team picking is next.   I plan on picking Team Instinct (yellow).  There is also Team Mystic (blue), and Team Valor (red).  I have found out a few things this week, such as how to aim, how to power up and evolve captured Pokémon, and how to incubate eggs.  None of mine have hatched yet, though.

I think it’s very possible that I spied folks planning a gym battle yesterday evening, not far from downtown.  There was a group of about five people, each dressed in yellow t-shirts of varying types, standing in a circle, while talking with one another and looking at their phones.  The difference between this scene and others involving people and their phones was – you guessed it – these people were outside, walking around and – gasp! – talking to each other instead of only texting.  It is one of the good things coming from the playing of this game.

In case you haven’t yet joined the throngs of people playing Pokémon GO, just think about this question:  Where will you find your first Pocket Monster?  Mine was on my knee.

All three branches of the Denton Public Library are PokeStops, so visit all the branches to find Poke Balls, eggs, and more to advance through the game.  Further your Pokémon experience by checking out a Pokémon book, graphic novel, or DVD.  South Branch also hosts a Pokémon Club for ages 8-15.

How to Draw Pokemon (002)  Pokemon Movie Genesect  Pokemon Adventures Diamond and Pearl  Pokemon Origami  Pokemon Handbook Pokemon Visual Companion

Kathy Folger, North Branch Library

Wildlife in Denton: What’s in Your Backyard?

Moving to Alpine, Texas after high school was a big change, sure Denton was a small town, and having lived in a string of small towns and preceded by one very large one (Phoenix), this was nothing new, but the combination of vast outdoor spaces, colors, and abundant wildlife reminded me a lot of Arizona.

Instead of horse ranches, you saw a herd of pronghorn on the side of the highway. Taking a walk, or better yet a hike, you saw lizards, snakes, raptors, javelina, mule deer, and – if you were lucky (and I was) –  a mountain lion.  One Christmas morning I went for a walk up Hancock Hill. The top was covered in fog and when I reached it, I discovered a herd of pronghorn which immediately disappeared.  No matter where I went, there was always something: raptors, snakes, javelina (men with shotguns telling you to get off their property – something that happens when you move to a new place and get lost).

Wildlife in Denton – I can only speak from my experience of the last 25 years here – but it has changed and unless you have property on the outer edges of town or out in the County somewhere else, you don’t see many creatures like that. But, some are still here, especially along the creeks, sewers,  parks, and in some cases, a red fox in a late night parking lot.

Taking a bike ride out of town can provide one with glimpses, along with a few perks, both good and bad: the smell of roadkill,  skunks, bored dogs, fast rabbits, tarantulas, and the annual flocks of Canadian Geese. One of my greatest pleasures was being followed by a herd of cattle (does that count?) back-and-forth out on FM 428/Sherman Drive on my way to the Greenbelt.  When I noticed them, I wondered: “Are these guys following me?” So yes, I did turn around and rode the other direction just “to check.” And yes, I nearly fell off my bike laughing because it turns out they followed me back-and-forth many times. I am thinking that this had something to do with dinner, but I’ll never know for sure.

The closest I’ve ever come to anything potentially frightening was when I was commuting to work by bike to Denton: some faceless howling creature one dark night along Cowling Road in Sanger – this was before the beautiful canopy of trees lining the road was cut down – on this particularly dark night, those trees morphed into a black cavern of shadows and I heard a howl before I got to the bridge. It was one of those, “I think I’m going to wet my pants moments,” that luckily did not happen and made me realize that I had read the Legend of Sleepy Hollow one too many times.

Tarantula on N. Bonnie Brae Street.

Larry, a tarantula on North Bonnie Brae Street near Ganzer.

This meandering bit of nonsense occurred because last week, Sandy Shepard came by and brought some neat stuff. He has a bit of property along Milam Creek and a wildlife camera that captures some of the daytime and nighttime critters that traverse it. Some, do more than that: feral hogs tear up his property and trash it.  Feral hogs can be dangerous and a serious nuisance throughout Texas, but perhaps this is balanced by the beauty of the deer that hang around his property, some of which are are very tame and will let you pet them.

The images he brought by echo stories told by settlers from the 1850s. You can read some of them in earlier issues of the Denton County News or History and Reminiscences of Denton County by Ed. F. Bates tales of catching wild turkeys, deer aplenty, buffalo, coyotes (well, we’ve still got ’em), bobcat, raccoons, and squirrels! Keep this in mind the next time you decide to take a walk out on the Greenbelt Trail and read up on it: boost your imagination!

We have a little display in Special Collections at the Emily Fowler Library if you’d like to visit, otherwise here’s a little something from Mr. Shepard.

Coyote near Milam Creek.

Coyote near Milam Creek.

Feral pig near Milam Creek.

Feral pig near Milam Creek.


A bit more exciting than the red-winged blackbirds, acrobatic squirrels, possums, field mice, and the occasional skunk or hawk I get, although I’m working on my own little bit of wildlife habitat.

What is in your backyard?

Leslie Couture, Library Assistant, Special Collections


Time for Summer Camp (or Your Kid-free Vacation Week)

It’s that time of year, time to send the kids off to summer camp.  After a frantic week of buying last minute items (does he really need a new sleeping bag and, wait, are those his toes sticking out of his shoes?), I drive my son to the loading zone.  I get one last hug and then he climbs on the bus with his buddies and does not look up again.  As the bus pulls away, I feel both a little sadness because I will miss him and a little bit of relief.   If I overhear someone say “Freedom” under their breaths, I will pretend I didn’t, or that I’m not the one saying it.

Camping BLOG Post-Stacey

Sending your kids off to summer camp?  Or maybe off to visit their grandparents for a week or two?  If so, now you can enjoy a week of kid-free time, or your own staycation.  You might want to pick up a book you haven’t had a chance to read.  Or binge watch a television show with a little adult content.    Either way, embrace this time and enjoy it.  It will be over before you know it and your little one will be back sunburnt and full of stories about his(or her) time away.

Some guilty pleasures you might explore include:


Game of Thrones by George R. R. Martin

Outlander by Diana Gabaldon

TV Series

Jane the Virgin

Mr. Robot

Game of Thrones

Orphan Black

Big Bang Theory


Enjoy your kid-free staycation!  (Even if you have to work.)  And don’t forget to check out something from the library to keep you entertained.  Because once the kids are back, you will get busy again.  And, it will be back-to-school time before you know it.

Stacey Irish-Keffer, Youth Services Librarian

25 Books to Read This Summer

Summer is upon us! Here is what our library staff is reading for Summer Reading Club:

The Lost Tudor Princess : The Life of Lady Margaret Douglas by Alison Weir
Kimberly Wells, Branch Manager

Margaret Douglas, Countess of Lennox. Royal Tudor blood ran in her veins. Her mother was a Queen, her father an Earl, and she herself was the granddaughter, niece, cousin and grandmother of monarchs.

Beautiful and tempestuous, she created scandal not just once but twice by falling in love with unsuitable men. Fortunately the marriage arranged for her turned into a love match.





by Marissa Meyer

Sarah Ward, Teen Librarian

As plague ravages the overcrowded Earth, observed by a ruthless lunar people, Cinder, a gifted mechanic and cyborg, becomes involved with handsome Prince Kai and must uncover secrets about her past in order to protect the world in this futuristic take on the Cinderella story.






In the Unlikely Event by Judy Blume
Sarah Ward, Teen Librarian

When a series of passenger airplanes crashed in Elizabeth, N.J., within a three-month period in 1951-1952, Judy Blume was a teenager. “These events have lingered in my mind ever since,” says Blume. Against this background, Blume uses her imagination to bring us the lives of three generations of families, friends, and strangers who will be profoundly affected by these events, either directly or indirectly.





The Moon in the Palace
by Weina Dai Randel
Reka Reynolds, Senior Librarian

A concubine at the palace learns quickly that there are many ways to capture the Emperor’s attention. Many paint their faces white and style their hair attractively, hoping to lure in the One Above All with their beauty. Some present him with fantastic gifts, such as jade pendants and scrolls of calligraphy, while others rely on their knowledge of seduction to draw his interest. But young Mei knows nothing of these womanly arts, yet she will give the Emperor a gift he can never forget.

Mei’s intelligence and curiosity, the same traits that make her an outcast among the other concubines, impress the Emperor. But just as she is in a position to seduce the most powerful man in China, divided loyalties split the palace in two, culminating in a perilous battle that Mei can only hope to survive.


Clementine: The Life of Mrs. Winston Churchill by Sonia Purnell
Kerry Montz, Business Outreach Librarian

A portrait of Winston Churchill’s extraordinary wife and her lesser-known role in World War II discusses her relationship with political mentor Eleanor Roosevelt, her role in safeguarding Churchill’s health throughout key historical events and her controversial family priorities.







Paper Girls #1
 by Brian K. Vaughan

Leslie Couture, Library Assistant

In the early hours after Halloween on 1988, four
12-year-old newspaper delivery girls uncover the
most important story of all time. Suburban drama
and supernatural mysteries collide in this series
about nostalgia, first jobs, and the last days of childhood.







The Pecan Man by Cassie Dandridge Selleck
Leslie Couture, Library Assistant

In the summer of 1976, recently widowed and childless, Ora Lee Beckworth hires a homeless old black man to mow her lawn. The neighborhood children call him the Pee-can Man; their mothers call them inside whenever he appears. When he is arrested for murder, only Ora knows what really happened in the woods where Eddie lived. But truth is a fickle thing, and a lie is self-perpetuating. Ora and her maid Blanche soon find themselves in a web of lies that send an innocent man to prison for the rest of his life. Twenty-five years later, Ora sets out to tell the truth about the Pecan Man.




John B. Denton by Nita Thurman
Laura Douglas, Senior Librarian – Special Collections

John B. Denton was a frontiersman in Arkansas and Texas, a Methodist minister, lawyer, Ranger captain, husband, and father. After his death in 1841, contradictory stories grew up around him. This book is an attempt to separate fact from legend.







Ms. Marvel Series by G. Willow Wilson
Sara Davis, Library Assistant

Kamala Khan is an ordinary girl from Jersey City- until she’s suddenly empowered with extraordinary gifts. But who truly is the new Ms. Marvel? Teenager? Muslim? Inhuman? Find out as she takes the Marvel Universe by storm! When Kamala discovers the dangers of her newfound powers, she unlocks a secret behind them, as well. Is Kamala ready to wield these immense new gifts? Or will the weight of the legacy before her be too much to bear? Kamala has no idea, either. But she’s comin’ for you, New York!




Gracefully Grayson by Ami Polonsky
Sara Davis, Library Assistant

Alone at home, twelve-year-old Grayson Sender glows, immersed in beautiful thoughts and dreams. But at school, Grayson grasps at shadows, determined to fly under the radar. Because Grayson has been holding onto a secret for what seems like forever: “he” is a girl on the inside, stuck in the wrong gender’s body.

The weight of this secret is crushing, but leaving it behind would mean facing ridicule, scorn, and rejection. Despite these dangers, Grayson’s true self itches to break free. Strengthened by an unexpected friendship and a caring teacher who gives her a chance to step into the spotlight, Grayson might finally have the tools to let her inner light shine.



Deborah Knott Mysteries by Margaret Maron
Stacey Irish-Keffer, Youth Librarian

This first novel in Maron’s Imperfect series, which won the Edgar Award for best mystery novel in 1993, introduces heroine Deborah Knott, an attorney and the daughter of an infamous North Carolina bootlegger. Known for her knowledge of the region’s past and popular with the locals, Deb is asked by 18-year-old Gayle Whitehead to investigate the unsolved murder of her mother Janie, who died when Gayle was an infant. While visiting the owner of the property where Janie’s body was found, Deb learns of Janie’s more-than-promiscuous past. Piecing together lost clues and buried secrets Deb is introduced to Janie’s darker side, but it’s not until another murder occurs that she uncovers the truth.



The Golden Age of Murder by Martin Edwards
Terri Gibbs, Director of Libraries

A real-life detective story, investigating how Agatha Christie and colleagues in a mysterious literary club transformed crime fiction, writing books casting new light on unsolved murders whilst hiding clues to their authors’ darkest secrets.

This is the first book about the Detection Club, the world’s most famous and most mysterious social network of crime writers. Drawing on years of in-depth research, it reveals the astonishing story of how members such as Agatha Christie and Dorothy L. Sayers reinvented detective fiction.




The Brothers Karamazov by Fyodor Dostoevsky
Sarah Fullwood, Library Marketing

A tale of patricide & family rivalry that embodies the moral & spiritual dissolution of an entire society (Russia in the 1870s). To Dostoevsky, The Brothers Karamazov captured the quintessence of Russian character in all its exaltation, compassion, & profligacy. Significantly, the book was on Tolstoy’s bedside table when he died. Readers in every language have since accepted Dostoevsky’s own evaluation of this work & have gone further by proclaiming it one of the few great novels of all ages & countries.




Wedding Cake Murder by Joanne Fluke
Carmen Grant, Adult Librarian

Hannah is thrilled to be marrying Ross Barton, her college crush. And her excitement only grows when she learns he’ll be able to join her on her trip to New York City for the Food Channel’s dessert chef contest. She’s especially nervous about facing Alain Duquesne, a celebrity chef with a nasty reputation. But before he can tear into Hannah’s layer cake, she finds him stabbed to death on the show’s kitchen set. Out of the oven, as the saying goes, and into the bright lights of Broadway, as Hannah tries to solve a mystery with more layers than a five-tiered wedding cake…




The Forgotten Room by Karen White
Reka Reynolds, Senior Librarian

1945: When the critically wounded Captain Cooper Ravenal is brought to a private hospital on Manhattan’s Upper East Side, young Dr. Kate Schuyler is drawn into a complex mystery that connects three generations of women in her family to a single extraordinary room in a Gilded Age mansion. Who is the woman in Captain Ravenel’s portrait miniature who looks so much like Kate? And why is she wearing the ruby pendant handed down to Kate by her mother? In their pursuit of answers, they find themselves drawn into the turbulent stories of Gilded Age Olive Van Alen, driven from riches to rags, who hired out as a servant in the very house her father designed, and Jazz Age Lucy Young, who came from Brooklyn to Manhattan in pursuit of the father she had never known. But are Kate and Cooper ready for the secrets that will be revealed in The Forgotten Room?

The Genius of Birds by Jennifer Ackerman
Dawn Terrizzi, Adult Librarian

Birds are astonishingly intelligent creatures. In fact, according to revolutionary new research, some birds rival primates and even humans in their remarkable forms of intelligence. Like humans, many birds have enormous brains relative to their size. Although small, bird brains are packed with neurons that allow them to punch well above their weight. In The Genius of Birds, acclaimed author Jennifer Ackerman explores the newly discovered brilliance of birds and how it came about.





Summer Days and Nights by Wong Herbert Yee
Dawn Terrizzi, Adult Librarian

On a hot summer day, a little girl finds ways to entertain herself and stay cool. She catches a butterfly, sips lemonade, jumps in a pool, and goes on a picnic. At night, she sees an owl in a tree and a frog in a pond, and hears leaves rustling. Before long, she’s fast asleep, dreaming about more summer days and summer nights.

The King in Yellow adapted from the short stories of
Robert W. Chambers; adapted & illustrated by I.N.J. Culbard
Dana Tucker, Teen Librarian

The King in Yellow: a play that brings madness to all who read it. Irresistible and insidious, it lures the reader with its innocence and dooms them with its corruption. In a series of interlinked stories, Robert W. Chambers’ classic work of weird fiction shows the creeping spread of the play’s macabre touch. I.N.J. Culbard’s deft and unsettling adaptation breathes new life into Chambers’ influential masterpiece, expertly revealing the malice and mayhem that await those unlucky enough to turn the wrong page.






After the People Lights Have Gone Off
by Stephen Graham Jones
Dana Tucker, Teen Librarian

A collection of stories that tap into the horrors and fears of the supernatural- as well as the everyday.









Ubik by Phillip K. Dick
Melanie Johnston, Library Assistant

Glen Runciter runs a lucrative business—deploying his teams of anti-psychics to corporate clients who want privacy and security from psychic spies. But when he and his top team are ambushed by a rival, he is gravely injured and placed in “half-life,” a dreamlike state of suspended animation. Soon, though, the surviving members of the team begin experiencing some strange phenomena, such as Runciter’s face appearing on coins and the world seeming to move backward in time. As consumables deteriorate and technology gets ever more primitive, the group needs to find out what is causing the shifts and what a mysterious product called Ubik has to do with it all.



Six of Crows by Leigh Bardugo
Melanie Johnston, Library Assistant

Ketterdam: a bustling hub of international trade where anything can be had for the right price and no one knows that better than criminal prodigy Kaz Brekker. Kaz is offered a chance at a deadly heist that could make him rich beyond his wildest dreams. But he can’t pull it off alone. A convict with a thirst for revenge. A sharpshooter who can’t walk away from a wager. A runaway with a privileged past. A spy known as the Wraith. A Heartrender using her magic to survive the slums. A thief with a gift for unlikely escapes. Six dangerous outcasts. One impossible heist. Kaz’s crew is the only thing that might stand between the world and destruction- if they don’t kill each other first.


Jane Steele by Lyndsay Faye
Jennifer Bekker, Branch Manager

A sensitive orphan, Jane Steele suffers first at the hands of her spiteful aunt and predatory cousin, then at a grim school where she fights for her very life until escaping to London, leaving the corpses of her tormentors behind her. After years of hiding from the law, Jane discovers her aunt has died and her childhood home has a new master: Mr. Charles Thornfield, who seeks a governess. Jane takes the position incognito, and falls in love with the fascinating but caustic Mr. Thornfield, an army doctor returned from the Sikh Wars. Can she possess him– body, soul, and secrets– without revealing her own murderous past?



The Rainbow Comes and Goes: A Mother and Son on Life, Love, and Loss
by Anderson Cooper and Gloria Vanderbilt
Rebecca Ivey, Youth Librarian

Correspondence between the CNN journalist and his celebrated mother, exchanged in the aftermath of the latter’s brief illness, shares a rare window into their relationship and the life lessons imparted by an aging mother to her adult son.







Five Presidents: My Extraordinary Journey with
Eisenhower, Kennedy, Johnson, Nixon, and Ford by Clint Hill
Carmen Grant, Adult Librarian

Secret Service agent Clint Hill brings history intimately and vividly to life as he reflects on his seventeen years protecting the most powerful office in the nation. Hill walked alongside Presidents Dwight D. Eisenhower, John F. Kennedy, Lyndon B. Johnson, Richard M. Nixon, and Gerald R. Ford, seeing them through a long, tumultuous era—the Cold War; the Cuban Missile Crisis; the assassinations of John F. Kennedy, Martin Luther King, Jr., and Robert F. Kennedy; the Vietnam War; Watergate; and the resignations of Spiro Agnew and Richard M. Nixon.




The Isle of the Lost by Melissa Cruz
Rebecca Ivey, Youth Librarian

Twenty years ago, all the evil villains were banished from the kingdom of Auradon and made to live in virtual imprisonment on the Isle of the Lost. The island is surrounded by a magical force field that keeps the villains and their descendants safely locked up and away from the mainland. Life on the island is dark and dreary. It is a dirty, decrepit place that’s been left to rot and forgotten by the world.

But hidden in the mysterious Forbidden Fortress is a dragon’s eye: the key to true darkness and the villains’ only hope of escape. Only the cleverest, evilest, nastiest little villain can find it…who will it be?




– Sarah Fullwood, Library Marketing

Ali bomaye’

One of the strongest memories I have of my father is watching with him, Muhammad Ali defeat Leon Spinks in 1978 to become the first three-time heavyweight champion in boxing. My father wasn’t a fan of Ali, but he didn’t dislike the man either. Rather, Ali’s grace both in and out of the ring captivated my father and many others including my eight year old self. I set out to learn everything I could about this athlete and through my research ended up becoming a big fan of boxing in my teens.

With the passing of this American legend this month, I know that for many younger than myself, Ali isn’t someone they witnessed live. Rather, they have heard only tales from older family members who witnessed Ali’s boxing career. To learn more about this remarkable man’s life, there are a few media sources the library offers.


Michael Mann’s “Ali” focuses on a ten year period in Ali’s life. It features two Academy Award nominated performances from Will Smith as the title character and Jon Voight as broadcaster, Howard Cosell. It’s a good primer for anyone not familiar with Ali’s life.

When we were Kings

However, those looking to see the personality that mesmerized so many Americans should look to the Academy Award winning documentary, “When We Were Kings.” The film focuses on the 1974 “Rumble in the Jungle” fight between Ali and George Foreman held in Zaire. The fight itself is a memorable event but this documentary shows you everything that led up to it and the many colorful characters involved. Many thought Foreman would kill Ali. But, in the end, it was Ali bomaye’ that was being chanted.

Greatest Fight

Finally, while so much is made of Ali’s life in the ring. His faith and conviction outside the ring are what made him such a memorable and polarizing figure. “Muhammad Ali’s Greatest Fight” is a 2013 HBO film that focuses on the Supreme Court decision following Ali’s appeal of his conviction in 1967 for refusing to report for induction into the United States military forces during the Vietnam War.  Ali is seen only in news footage. However, his presence looms large as do the personalities that make up the Supreme Court.  It’s a fascinating look not just at an important part of Ali’s life, but the inner workings of the Supreme Court and their decision making. Given the court’s current makeup, such a film is educational not only about the memorable Muhammad Ali, but of our judicial system as well.

Jess Edward Turner
South Branch Library

Need a Good Book?

Summer Reading Club has started off with a bang at the Denton Public Library.  Everyone is ready to enjoy the summer with some great books.

One question that keeps coming up every summer is “Can you recommend a good book?”  I wanted to share some tips on finding great reading materials for all ages that I frequently use when helping at the reference desk or looking for my next book.

First, start with something you like.  Think about some books you have liked in the past.  What are some common themes with those books?  Why did you like them so much?

Next, think about specific aspects of those books you are drawn to.  Were they serious or funny?  Did they fit into a particular genre: romance, science fiction, historical, mystery, etc?  Do you prefer non-fiction and biographies?  Do you relate better to certain types of characters?  Do you like long epics or short stories?

Once you have identified a few key things that you are looking for in a book, try one of these great tools to help you find the perfect book:

Novelist Select is available online for all Denton Public Library cardholders as well as on all library computers and catalogs in each of the three branches for anyone who visits the library.  This is my go-to book recommendation tool.  You can search by title, author, subject, or keyword.  Pre-made lists are available for all ages on popular and timely topics.  It also offers robust advanced search capabilities such as books by grade level, author’s nationality, number of pages, award winner, and more. is a popular book recommendation site with members submitting book reviews, creating suggested reading lists, and sharing their love of reading with the social media aspect of the site.  Recommendations are available for youth and adult materials of all types and topics.

Amazon’s Customers Who Bought This Item Also Bought feature lets you see titles that others have also selected when purchasing a particular title.  It is easy to jump from title to title and get caught in an endless string of recommendations.  Simply search for a book you liked and scroll down to see other titles that shoppers have also selected to go with that title.

Your Next Read shares recommendations based on recommendations, recommendations and Your Next Read user recommendations.  Recommendations are presented in a bubble map, allowing you to visually move from recommendation to recommendation.  There is a separate tab for searching children’s materials.  Preselected lists are also available for easy browsability.

Of course one of the best resources to help you find a great book is the library staff.  Head over to the reference desk at any of our branches.  We are ready to help you connect with your next favorite book.  We’ll ask you some questions about your reading interests and come up with some great recommendations.

Enjoy your summer and keep reading!

Jennifer Bekker, North Branch Manager

Long Nights and Hot Coals

I love summer. Even with the 100 degree days and the mosquitoes, summer is still my favorite season of the year. I think it is the long days, the late onset of darkness, and the cooler nights. I just want to be outside. And, of course, grilling goes hand-in-hand with outside activities.

Here’s a few books in the library for your outdoor cooking culinary inspiration. (Description from the publishers)

Cooking with Texas Highways samples all the major ethnic cuisines of the state with recipes Texas Highwaysfrom home cooks, well-known chefs, and popular restaurants. It offers a varied and intriguing selection of snacks and beverages, breads, soups and salads, main dishes, vegetables and sides, sauces and spreads, desserts, and more. A special feature of this cookbook is a chapter on Dutch-oven cooking, which covers all the basics for cooking outdoors with live coals, including seventeen mouth-watering recipes. In addition, you’ll find dozens of the color photographs that have long made Texas Highways such a feast for the eyes, along with tips on cooking techniques and sources for ingredients and stories about some of the folks who created the recipes.

Texas EatsIn Texas Eats, Walsh covers the standards, from chicken-fried steak to cheese enchiladas to barbecued brisket. He also makes stops in East Texas, for some good old-fashioned soul food; the Hill Country, for German- and Czech-influenced favorites; the Panhandle, for traditional cowboy cooking; and the Gulf Coast, for timeless seafood dishes and lost classics like pickled shrimp.Texas Eats even covers recent trends, like Viet-Texan fusion and Pakistani fajitas. And yes, there are recipes for those beloved-but-obscure gems: King Ranch casserole, parisa, and barbecued crabs. With more than 200 recipes and stunning food photography, Texas Eats brings the richness of Texas food history vibrantly to life and serves up a hearty helping of real Texas flavor.

Part field guide to grilling and barbecuing and part cookbook, Master of the Grill features aMasters of the grill wide variety of kitchen-tested recipes for meat, poultry, seafood, vegetables, pizza, and more. These are the recipes everyone should know how to make— the juiciest burgers, barbecue chicken that’s moist not tough, tender grill-smoked pork ribs, the greatest steak (and grilled potatoes to serve alongside). Regional specialties are included, too—learn how to make Cowboy Steaks, Alabama BBQ Chicken, and Kansas City Sticky Ribs. Colorful photography captures the beauty of the recipes and step-by-step shots guide you through everything you need to know. A section on grilling essentials covers the pros and cons of gas and charcoal grills and which might be right for you, as well as the tools you’ll use with them— such as grill brushes, tongs, vegetable baskets, and wood chips and chunks.

lust for leaf

Lust for Leaf by food-blogging duo Alex Brown and Evan George—better known as Hot Knives—have shown their 60,000 monthly readers that vegetarians are “cheeky [and] over-the-top” too and “don’t much care for established notions of propriety” (LA Weekly). This is the only cookbook you’ll find with chapters called “Bro-tein” and “BBQ Mosh Pit,” or filled with recipes for DIY Wieners and Patties, Sauce-y Explosions, Salsas that Hurt, Deep Sea Mushrooms, and Nachos that Cook Themselves. And don’t forget dessert: try Hand-Cranked Cream Dreams and Booze You Can Eat.

Goodbye Glu

Goodbye Gluten is both a cookbook and shopping guide for people who do not want gluten in their diets and are tired of missing out on their favorite foods. In each recipe the authors use everyday brand names that can be found at your local grocery store, which means you no longer have to check labels to decipher if a product is gluten-free. Another appeal of the book is its use of Texas and Tex-Mex flavors to add a kick to what can be bland fare.

BBQ Bash

Take your backyard barbecue to the next level with BBQ Bash! With 100 creative, delicious recipes for the grill or smoker, this book is the key to partying with a touch of panache. Karen Adler and Judith Fertig present savory, crowd-pleasing recipes for casual get-togethers or “black-tie” barbecues. Chapters are divided into appetizers, entrees, sides and salads, and succulent desserts, and dishes.  The introduction reveals all the information you’ll need to host a memorable bash from start to finish, with tips about charcoal and gas grilling, smoking, skewering, stir-grilling, planking, stovetop smoking, and even stocking the bar, setting the tables, and selecting the right music.

100 best

100 Best Grilling Recipes – Grilling has a special place in cooking traditions worldwide. Whether a Punjabi tikka or a Texas barbecue, grilled dishes provide a unique taste. With recipes drawn from every continent, 100 Best Grilling Recipes offers around-the world tour of different countries and cultures. Also featured are 35 additional recipes for delicious accompaniments, among them Lebanese cucumber and mint salad, and double bourbon barbecue sauce. With a kitchen or backyard grill,100 Best Grilling Recipes provides a sampling of the world’s most delectable grilled dishes along with a tempting array of international accompaniments.

all fired up



All Fired Up offers grilling advice and barbecue recipes, including citrus-grilled turkey breast, jerk chicken kabobs, and grilled bok choy.
Texas on the table


Texas on the Table shares a collection of new and classic Texan recipes, ranging from soups and first courses to meat and vegetarian dinners, complemented by stories of the farmers, cheesemakers, and others who are changing the face of Texas cuisine.


Laura Douglas
Senior Librarian
Emily Fowler Central Library