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Marble Falls library guest talks Texas cuisines and family bonds

Marble Falls Public Library's Lunch with an Author welcomes Lola McKey at 11:30 a.m. Sept. 16. She will discuss her book 'From Tea Cakes to Tamales: Third Generation Texas Recipes.' Courtesy photo

MARBLE FALLS — The cultures that make up the state of Texas can be found in the state’s myriad of cuisines.

And journalist-turned-culinary historian Nola McKey has gathered much of it in the pages of her latest book, “From Tea Cakes to Tamales: Third Generation Texas Recipes.”

She’ll be discussing her book as the featured Lunch with an Author guest at 11:30 a.m. Friday, Sept. 16, at the Marble Falls Public Library, 101 Main St. Reservations are required, and space is limited. Sign up in person at the library or call (830) 693-3023.

The book not only gives the recipes, it also details the stories behind the dishes and what they mean to each featured family. It has more than 100 recipes, including main dishes, side dishes, desserts and more.

The author focuses on Texas’ cultural diversity with recipes such Czech sauerkraut, Wendish noodles, Norwegian rosettes, Italian pizzelle, Chinese fried rice, Mexican caldo and African-American purple hull peas (cooked with a smoked ham hock).

McKey documents the culinary impact of ethnic groups from around the globe.

She got the idea for the book as she was making her grandmother’s tea cakes.

“I knew (the book) would be a hit with our patrons,” said library director Amanda Rose.

So she contacted McKey and invited her to speak. McKey, who lives in Austin, leapt at the invitation.

“It’s one of the programs I’m most excited about,” Rose said.

McKey will have a co-presenter, and books will be available for purchase.

“It’s an excellent gift,” Rose said. “It connects families. They’ll give ideas on how (attendees) can connect with their families and share with their families.”

Food brings people together. Even during the preparation, partaking and cleaning up after the meal, family members and friends strengthen their bonds with each other.

“That’s where her heart is,” Rose said of McKey. “And she writes about it so well.”

jfierro@thepicayune.com

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