Jason Cohen

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Writer-at-large and former senior editor Jason Cohen has written for Texas Monthly since 1995 (and texasmonthly.com since its very first iteration). His 1997 story “The Ice Bats Cometh,” about minor league hockey in Texas, was the basis of his book Zamboni Rodeo (Greystone Press, 2001). He also penned the magazine's first-ever Matthew McConaughey story, in August 1996. The co-author of Generation Ecch! (Fireside Books, 1994) and co-editor of SXSW Scrapbook (Essex/University of Texas Press, 2011), he has also written for such publications as Rolling Stone, SPIN, Details, the Austin Chronicle, the Austin American-Statesman, Portland Monthly, and Cincinnati magazine. His 1995 Rolling Stone cover story on the band Hole prompted Courtney Love to yell at him from the stage at Lollapalooza in Austin, while his 2007 profile of the Portland strip club Mary's won a Sex-Positive Journalism Award. As one of the two primary writers for the TM Daily Post, Cohen wrote approximately 500 stories for Texas Monthly in 2012. He has been a blogger since 2002 and been known to maintain as many as five Twitter accounts.

Articles by Jason Cohen

Cook Like a Texan “Letter to the Editor”

Apr 20, 2011 By Jason Cohen

Photograph by Jody Horton <p>“Our water squirters again find employment by amusing themselves in sprinkling our streets.” —<em>San Saba County News,</em> April 7, 1893</p> <p> </p> On March 29 we received this letter to the editor: The greasy slop recipes in Home Plates are disgusting, the…

Cook Like the Homesick Texan

Apr 19, 2011 By Jason Cohen

I spent the last seven years living away from Texas - that's right, got back as fast as I could - and there were times, especially in smallish Missoula, Montana, that the best restaurant in town with Texas food was certainly our kitchen. That wouldn't have happened without Lisa Fain, a Dallas (born) and Houston (raised) native exiled to New York City who has run the Homesick Texan blog since September of 2005. "One of the most revered food blogs anywhere," says TM contributor June Naylor. With Fain's help, I never had to buy flour tortillas at the supermarket. And while it wasn't quite the same without the Longhorns (or, more accurately this past season, the Horned Frogs), my wife turned the Homesick Texan's steak fingers with jalapeno cream gravy into the perfect BCS game meal. Eat My Words asked Fain - a Texas Monthly reader since the age of 9 - a few questions in connection with our "Cook Like a Texan" package.

Leave the Lard. Take the Frijoles

Apr 16, 2011 By Jason Cohen

(Photo courtesy of Sylvia's Enchilada Kitchen) Last month, Sarah Kliff, a food and travel writer for the BBC, visited Texas. It was on the half-hour flight between Houston and Austin that realized I might be descending into some culinary trouble. I, a vegetarian for a decade now, was flipping through the Texas Monthly’s Cook Like a Texan issue I had picked up in the airport—and (not unsurprisingly) could not find a thing I could eat. Between raving recommendations for the best smoked brisket, fried catfish and grilled rib eye, I was left lusting after a lonely side dish of cheese enchiladas. Everything is bigger in Texas, I thought — vegetarians’ problems included. Especially when those enchiladas can't be made right without chili gravy (and they're certainly no side dish)! But we do have some good news for Kliff. When we ran that recipe for enchiladas, from Sylvia Casares of Sylvia's Enchilada Kitchen, as well as for her Mama Grande's Rice, we ran out space to include refried beans. And Casares makes those vegetarian. Sure, when you've got access to the good stuff (like, from the butcher or your pig guy), lard is hard to beat, but for an everyday at-home batch of refritos, there's nothing wrong with (mildly flavored) olive or canola oil. Read on for the recipe:

Cook Like a Texan: More Last Meals

Apr 14, 2011 By Jason Cohen

Our April “Home Plates” package included “Last Meals” from Jim Lehrer (“no dessert or coffee” – with good reason), Willie Nelson, Jason Moran (who takes up for mac-and-cheese as a vegetable), Charles Butt, Karen Hughes and Governor Rick Perry (bing-cherry congealed salad with cream cheese and pecan topping –…

Recovered from SXSW Hangover? Bring on Hill Country Wine and Food

Mar 31, 2011 By Jason Cohen

(Ground beef guru Josh Ozersky, from a 2008 Nightline appearance) Wednesday at approximately 4 p.m., culinary event planner Mike Thelin was driving around Austin in search of hardwood briquettes, trying to fill a last-minute request from one of the many chefs participating in the Texas Hill Country Wine and Food Festival. The 26th edition kicks off tonight with the Stars Across Texas Classic at the Long Center for the Performing Arts. Local talent will be featured at the gala, including Austinites Tyson Cole (Uchi/Uchiko), Shawn Cirkiel (Parkside) and David Bull (Congress), new part-time San Antonioan John Besh (Luke) and current Texas Monthly cover star Tom Perini (Perini Ranch). But Thelin and the festival staff have also wrangled an eclectic out-of-towner A-List for the weekend, including L.A.'s Jon Shook and Vinny Dotolo (Animal), Australian chef and cookbook author Andrew Dwyer and several luminaries from his own home base of Portland, Oregon.

2028: The Year in Sports.

Feb 1, 2008 By Jason Cohen

UT and A&M Form Second Football Teams After the top fifty NCAA programs were privatized, record revenues and stock splits made the IPO spin-offs inevitable. An antitrust lawsuit filed by Texas Tech and UTEP, whose teams remain not-for-profit university entities, was dismissed in federal court. ¡Viva Los Cowboys! Dallas Cowboys…

Cold Play

Dec 1, 2004 By Jason Cohen

The Astros couldn’t quite make it. The Cowboys have hit the skids. No wonder the state’s attention has turned to . . . hockey?

Don’t Look Yao

Jan 1, 2004 By Jason Cohen

Led by the NBA’s most inadvertently colorful coach, this year's Houston Rockets are so much more than an excuse to see a certain ninety-inch-tall Chinese import.

Hoop It Up

Nov 1, 2003 By Jason Cohen

Texas basketball legend Don Haskins on his 38 years courtside with UTEP and the Miners' prospects under new head coach Billy Gillispie.

A Dinger

Apr 30, 2003 By Jason Cohen

Astros general manager Gerry Hunsicker talks about second baseman Jeff Kent and a budget like the New York Yankees'.

Play Bawl!

Apr 30, 2003 By Jason Cohen

Yes, yes—come playoff time, the Houston Astros have a history of reducing grown men to tears. But thanks to Jeff Kent, this season could be different.

Ice on the Block

Nov 1, 2002 By Jason Cohen

If your goal is to own a pro hockey team, Tom Hicks has a deal for you: He'll sell you the Dallas Stars for a mere $300 million—and throw in the prospect of an NHL-destroying lockout at no extra charge.


Feb 1, 2001 By Jason Cohen

What doesn’t kill Spoon makes it stronger. After seven years, an indeterminate number of bassists, and as much luck with the record biz as the Democrats had with Florida, the Austin combo hits the high-water mark with this tense, graceful, spike-pop jewel. Spoon already enjoys an in-the-know following, but Girls…

Rodney Crowell

Jan 1, 2001 By Jason Cohen

It’s easy to forget that Rodney Crowell is a Texas singer-songwriter and solo artist. He lives in Nashville and doesn’t trip over himself to write about bluebonnets or Huntsville. He has made nine albums but is particularly famous as a tunesmith (hits for everyone from Bob Seger to Lee Ann…

The Falcon Project

Dec 1, 2000 By Jason Cohen

Lights Karma Action is the massive, rumbling, and beautiful second album from this Denton quartet, which is headed up by former Mazinga Phaser guitarist and Melodica Festival organizer Mwanza Dover. Given that pedigree, you could call the Falcon Project “space rock,” but the emphasis is firmly on rock—you feel this…

Frisco Mabel Joy

Nov 1, 2000 By Jason Cohen

A songwriter’s songwriter and a cult figure’s cult figure, Houston’s Mickey Newbury authored pop and country hits in the late sixties and early seventies, among them “Sweet Memories” and the Elvis Presley stalwart “An American Trilogy.” He’s the sort of artist Texas produces as naturally as oil or running backs.

All the Falsest Hearts Can Try

May 31, 2000 By Jason Cohen

If you haven’t heard of Centro-matic, it’s certainly not for lack of effort on the group’s part. All the Falsest Hearts Can Try is the Denton band’s third CD in little more than a year; it dates back to a 1998 recording session that produced more than sixty songs, completing…

Tired of Adventures

Jan 1, 2000 By Jason Cohen

Houstonians by way of Rhode Island, Peglegasus has been based in Austin for six of their ten years, though the group first took shape in 1979, when drummer Peter Voskamp and his guitarist sibling John acquired a stepbrother in guitarist Berke Marye. (Bryan Nelson, the unfortunate recipient of many parentheticals…

Ice Guys Finish First

Apr 30, 1999 By Jason Cohen

Hockey in Texas? And the team is good? Don’t laugh. The Dallas Stars could win it all this year, and sports fans across the state could soon be drinking Shiner Bock from the Stanley Cup.

Secret Agent Men

Apr 1, 1999 By Jason Cohen

Why are Randy and Alan Hendricks the only people in Houston who are glad Roger Clemens didn’t end up with the Astros? Hey, it comes with the job.

Running Right

Sep 30, 1998 By Jason Cohen

Forget about the hair (and the tattoos). Ricky Williams has his head screwed on straight, which is why he’s still playing football at the University of Texas.


May 31, 1997 By Jason Cohen

The state prison name game; Dallas alternative-country band the Old 97’s is feeling no depression.

Sundance Across Texas

Mar 1, 1997 By Jason Cohen

Breezeway, Suburbia, and Words of Our Ancients may have been our only pure-pedigree entries in Park City, but other films boasted Lone Star connections. Most notable was director-screenwriter Morgan J. Freeman’s sweet but hard-hitting teenage street drama Hurricane, which won three awards. As they did for Bottle Rocket, fellow Dallas…