By Cody Durain, intern
As a native Texan, my favorite thing about this big beautiful state is the sheer amount of diversity we encounter every day. When cultures collide, they create something beautiful (TexMex being a prime example of this). You might have guessed, but food is one of my favorite ways to experience a culture. Going out to try new foods is wonderful, but cooking it yourself and sharing it with friends or family? Nothing feels quite as good. Which is why I love The Sauce: A Celebration of the Flavor that Changed Everything. Pairing raspberries with chipotle? I wouldn’t have thought up that, but it works so well. It is both authentically Texan while also inviting other cultures and foods to the table. It has recipes for classic Texan dishes like Sloppy Joes or BBQ Ribs, but it also goes with pan fried dumplings, teriyaki tuna, and of course plenty of tacos! There are even deserts and drink recipes galore. Sure, it has a ton of incredible recipes, but what makes it stand out is how it shares the history of “The Sauce.” Reading it, makes you FEEL Texan. Pick up a copy today and you’ll see what I mean. And if you didn’t know, March is National Sauce month! So, it’s the perfect time to try it out. If you don’t already have a bottle in your pantry, you can find “The Sauce” at pretty much any grocery store (you’ve probably already seen some around). Reading about mouthwatering recipes is one thing, but being inspired to cook and explore new flavors is something entirely different. I am excited to try every one of the dishes in here, and I hope you are too!