September is shaping up to be a delicious one in Austin. The start of autumn promises to bring seasonal produce like apples and pumpkins to the farmers markets, while hopefully cooling temperatures makes visiting them more comfortable. There are several other events around town whetting appetites.
The Barefoot Contessa, Ina Garten, will be at the Bass Concert Hall on Thursday in conversation with Texas Monthly Executive Editor Patricia Sharpe. Austinites will also welcome the city's first Trader Joe's location later this month when the Rollingwood store opens its doors on the 20th. Diners will have to wait another month until Austin Restaurant Week in October, however.
Outside of fine dining restaurants, foodies can also find plenty to satisfy their palates this month at BookPeople. The local bookstore has a five-course meal of literary options for readers to satisfy their craving, from celebrity author events to staff picks and celebrations of local treats. Click on the list to see some of the ways BookPeople is feeding hungry book lovers this month.
September 11: Giada De Laurentiis, Recipe for Adventure!
The Food Network star is bringing her love of Italian cuisine to a series of books written for 7-11 year olds. Two siblings are transported to food capitals around the globe in Recipe for Adventure!, which so far has travelled to Naples and Paris. Tickets for the signing line are available for either hardcover or paperback.
September 13: Launch Party for "Austin Beer"
The seven female food bloggers of BitchBeer.org traced the brewing roots of the city back hundreds of years in their new book, "Austin Beer: Capitol City History on Tap", with insight into the culture around the beverage as well as the breweries pouring it out. This launch party will be held off site at Hops & Grain's Craft Brewery.
September 29: "Austin Breakfast Tacos"
If the city had an official dish, the breakfast taco might be it. Not just morning fare, "Austin Breakfast Tacos: The Story of the Most Important Taco of the Day" highlights the best purveyors of this local delicacy. And because authors Mando Rayo and Jarod Neece also blog for Taco Journalism, they know what they're talking about.
Staff Pick: "The Drunken Botanist"
Just past your plate of food is something which might be even more fascinating: your drink. Amy Stewart's latest book follows the trail from the bar all the way back to the gardens where most of of today's common alcohol originates. Embracing the weird and the wonderful is what makes this book a staff favorite.
On Shelves: Signed Cookbooks
Even after authors have left their events, the store still has some signed copies of their books on the shelves. Whether you're hungry for "Chloe's Vegan Desserts" or "Fabio's Italian Kitchen", you'll find a smorgasbord of cookbooks in a variety of cuisines, all with their author's signature. These also make great gifts for the home chef in your life.