Tuesday, January 01, 2008


The Book: John Kelso, TEXAS CURIOSITIES: Third Edition. Globe Pequot paperback original, 2007.
First read: still reading
Owned since: 2007

One way and another I've spent a fair amount of time in Texas over the years, but I've clearly missed all the best stuff. If and when I go back, I'll have my itinerary laid out for me. This book was a gift from my friend Diane, who lives in Amarillo -- which boasts a performance art project called The Dynamite Museum (which is not a museum and has nothing to do with dynamite); two large sculptures of partial legs in crew socks; The Big Texan Steak Ranch; and the world-famous Cadillac Ranch, immortalized on Bruce Springsteen's The River.

I like guidebooks just as much as I like cookbooks, and for much the same reason. Even if they describe places I'll probably never go, I love the possibility of them -- the idea of all those parallel lives in which I might cook up a mess of okra (which I don't eat) or make a pilgrimage to the World's Largest Peanut, in Pearsall, TX.

It's the first day of a new year, and all these things are still possible for 2008. Hope the new year brings many happy adventures to all of you.


norby said...

So, if you go to The Big Texan Steak Ranch are you going to attempt the 72oz Steak deal? You have to eat the steak, a baked potato, salad, dinner roll, and shrimp cocktail in one hour. Should be simple. Not that I would try it you understand.

AnswerGirl said...

I would, but I don't care for shrimp cocktail...

norby said...

Picky, picky.

Anonymous said...

I assume that you are not allergic to okra

There was some in the Gumbo I made for the Gaslight Christmas Party


AnswerGirl said...

I am not allergic to okra, and I don't mind it _in_ stuff -- I'm just not crazy about it by itself.