I was 16 the first time I visited Austin, Texas. My older sister had left to attend her first year at St. Edward’s University. Facing major separation anxiety I begged, pleaded my parents to allow me to skip a week of school to visit her in Austin. To my surprise they said yes. After consulting with the principal and agreeing to 30 days of after school detention to make up for a unexcused absence I was off to Austin. From the first day I arrived I knew Austin was different. Different from the small town of Aransas Pass where I was from. Different from any place I had ever visited. Austin was energy, hope, movement all wrapped into a small town of the friendliest/coolest people I have ever met. This why my sister had so eagerly wanted to move to Austin, she belonged here. We took advantage of every hour we had together visiting thrifts stores, bakeries, clubs (fake ids) and driving..we drove all of Austin every night, until the early morning hours just before she had to attend class. We ate tacos, stacks of pancakes and drank local beer. I was 16. I was in Austin. Life was good.
In 2006, Fain started the blog Homesick Texan to share Texan food with fellow expatriates, and the site immediately connected with readers worldwide, Texan and non-Texan alike. Now, in her long-awaited first cookbook, Fain brings the comfort of Texan home cooking to you. from the Homesick Texan website