January|February 2017 Good Reads

New books of interest to the Longhorn Universe

The Enchilada Queen Cookbook
by Sylvia Casares, BS ’76

Sylvia Casares’ latest cookbook is truly a Texas-Mexico royal affair, complete with enchiladas, fajitas, tamales, and more. Dubbed “The Enchilada Queen” in 2006, Casares creates a delicious mixture of memoir and border-derived recipes in The Enchilada Queen Cookbook. Using dishes inspired by her mother and grandmother, the woman behind the Houston-based restaurant Sylvia’s Enchilada Kitchen will have readers cooking like the queen in no time.


The Devil’s Sinkhole
by Bill Wittliff, BJ ’63, Life Member

It’s been two years since Bill Wittliff showed readers the wild and woolly world of 19th century Central Texas, where hero boy Papa learned the fate of his missing Momma and his vicious father Old Karl. In The Devil’s Sinkhole he takes readers back, inviting them along on Papa and his pal Calley Pearsall’s quest to save the beautiful captive Pela Rosa from a legendary and vengeful killer.



Our Great Big Backyard
by Laura Bush, MLS ’73, Distinguished Alumna and Jenna Bush Hager, BA ’04

Former First Lady Laura Bush and Jenna Bush Hager commemorate the 100th anniversary of the National Park Service with their second picture book Our Great Big Backyard. The story follows Jane, a young girl who’s more into playing video games than going outdoors. But when her family takes a trip to the country’s national parks, it opens her eyes to the beautiful world around her. Whether she’s in a forest or her own backyard, Jane realizes just how much there is to love about the great outdoors.


Brain Briefs: Answers to the Most (and Least) Pressing Questions about Your Mind
by Bob Duke and Art Markman

Have you ever wondered why tongue twisters make you tongue-tied? Or why our memory fails you? Or why everyone loves kitten videos? If these types of questions keep you up at night, UT music and human learning professor Bob Duke and UT psychology professor Art Markman are the men with the answers. With Brain Briefs, the hosts of the popular KUT podcast Two Guys on Your Head provide entertaining insight into the strange human behaviors too nuanced to Google.




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