This cookbook was created specifically for the Texas Sesquicentennial celebration. Russell M. Gardner, a college student, spent more than sixteen months of research gathering three hundred recipes from famous Texans willing to participate. The outcome was a success. In these pages you will find recipes from such luminaries as Lady Bird Johnson, Roger Staubach, and Richard “Racehorse” Haynes.

Discovering what dishes these well-known personalities submitted (oftentimes it is the “Mrs.” whose name appears) is the most interesting aspect—you get a glimpse of that person’s taste. In some ways, it feels as if you have stumbled across a page in a personal diary. Here’s a sampling of the good eats from some of Texas’ most famous sons and daughters:

Lady Bird Johnson’s spice tea

Dr. Denton A. Cooley’s gazpacho

Barbara Bush’s vegetable salad (spinach)

Racehorse Haynes’s eggs ranchero

Tom Landry’s cornbread muffins

Henry Cisneros’ pepper steak

Farrah Fawcett’s chicken marengo

Walter Cronkite’s herring Copenhagen

Bob Bullock’s brown beans by Bullock

Dan Jenkins’ navy beans for writers

Larry Hagman’s country quiche

Mrs. John B. Connally’s orange biscuits

Delbert McClinton’s cobb salad

Ann Richards’ lemon yogurt cake

E.”Kika” de la Garza’s Kika’s Texas picadillo

Mrs. Phil Gramm’s pralines

Larry L. King’s roast republican rump

Mary Kay Ash’s jalapeño dressing

Mrs. Darrell Royal’s orange custard

Carol Burnett’s raspberry riches

Roger Staubach’s spinach salad