This weekend is the annual Texas Book Festival, and, as usual, there's a tent dedicated entirely to cooking. Some big names are headed to the Capitol grounds this year! Saturday we have Amanda Hesser, who will present her The Essential New York Times Cookbook in a talk moderated by Corby Kummer of The Atlantic. Matt Lewis and Renato Poliafito of Baked in Brooklyn and Charleston, South Carolina will also be on hand to discuss their new Baked Explorations. The legendary Diana Kennedy is up on Sunday to talk about Oaxaca al Gusto: An Infinite Gastronomy. Below, more cookbook talk than you'll know what to do with.
11:00 - 12:00: Amanda Hesser discusses The Essential New York Times Cookbook. Moderated by The Atlantic's Corby Kummer.
12:30 - 1:30: Writing about Wine: Why We Love the Vine, with wine writers Wes Marshall and Mark Oldman. Modified by TRIO sommelier Mark Sayre.
2:00 - 3:00:Matt Lewis and Renato Poliafito present Baked Explorations.
3:30 - 4:30:Edible Austin and Texas Book Festival present Deborah Madison, who will discuss her new book Seasonal Fruit Desserts with area growers.
12:30 - 1:30: The New York Times' Melissa Clark will demo recipes from her book, In the Kitchen with a Good Appetite: 150 Recipes and Stories about the Food You Love.
2:00 - 3:00: Diana Kennedy, quite possibly the foremost living expert on Mexican cuisine, will Oaxaca al Gusto: An Infinite Gastronomy. Moderated by Texas Monthly's Patricia Sharpe.
3:30 - 4:30: The Food Network's Claire Robinson will demo recipes from her book, 5 Ingredient Fix: Easy, Elegant, and Irresistible Recipes.
The 2010 Texas Book Festival poster. [Photo: TBF]