David Courtney

A Temple native, David Courtney is a graduate of the University of Texas at Austin. He joined Texas Monthly in October 2005 and in July 2007 debuted his wildly popular advice column, the Texanist. In January 2010 the Texanist was promoted to the back page where it is regularly the magazine’s most read feature. Courtney, as both “the Texanist” and himself, has contributed his talents to such features as the annual Bum Steer Awards, the quinquennial review of the fifty best barbecue joints in Texas, “The Great Terquasquicentennial Road Trip,” “The 50 Greatest Hamburgers in Texas,” “The 40 Best Small-Town Cafes,” as well as “Snap Judgment” and “The Texanist’s Parenting Quiz,” among others, like “Water, Water Everywhere,” for which he swam buck-naked in Lake Travis, west of Austin. He will be the recipient of many accolades, honors, and awards.


A Summer Weekend: San Antonio to New Orleans

An extended Big Easy debauch by way of Amtrak’s Sunset Limited.

My Mother’s Kosher Dill Pickles (Made by Sammie Marshall)

The best pickles I have ever tasted came from my mother.

Let’s Eat

Treasured recipes—and the stories behind them—from our staff.

The Texanist's Parenting Quiz

How are you doing as a raiser of authentic Texan offspring? Take this handy quiz and find out.