The Cowgirl Chef is a yummy cookbook with a well written, interesting story.  Freelance writer, Ellise Pierce, moved from Denton, Texas to Paris, France for the love of a man and an exciting setting to write her articles.  When her original path wasn't quite working out as planned, she was forced to create a new career and quickly!  Homesick for Texas, she yearned for Tex-Mex food and knew other expats probably did as well.  She began teaching cooking classes mixing Tex-Mex flavor with French flair.  Truly, I don't think this idea could appeal to me more!  I am obsessed with Mexican food and everything French so she had my attention!  I am always inspired by people reinventing themselves, especially when down to their last dollar.  Of course, if you know me, you know that cooking is not my best skill.  I can look at a recipe and know if it is good and what to pair it with, but I keep hoping by reading the pages, someone will appear to actually cook it for me.  I can't wait to try her savory cookies as an appetizer called Texas Killers.  "They're perfect with beer.  Excellent with champagne and the state drink of Texas, margaritas,"  she writes.  I also want to try the Pistachio-Crusted Lamb Chops with Cowgirl Chimichurri and the Tex-Mex Tart.  With ingredients like green chilies, buttermilk, Corona beer, and goat cheese, I am sold.  Be sure to read her introductions to the chapters.  She has a good sense of humor and gives a realistic picture of living in France...tiny kitchen and all.  Bon Appetit! 

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