UNT Press offers ideas for holiday gifts

Thursday, December 15, 2005

Looking for a gift this holiday season for an avid reader who is also a proud Texan?

The University of North Texas Press recommends 12 titles from its published works, many of which have Texas themes. The selections are suitable for a variety of readers' ages and interests.

The recommendations include:

"The Alamo"

The book, one of 20 books on the Alamo by filmmaker and film historian Frank Thompson, uses prose suitable for readers of all ages to narrate the stor y behind San Antonio's most famous landmark. Thompson has appeared in the History Channel's television documentaries "The Alamo" and "History vs. Hollywood: The Alamo," and was a consultant to the 2004 movie from Imagine Entertainment and Touchstone Pictures.

"Prairie Gothic: The Story of a West Texas Family"

Fifth-generation Texan John Erickson, author of "Hank the Cowdog", tells his family's saga of growing up in northwestern Texas.

"The Pepper Trail: History and Recipes from Around the World"

Austin resident Jean Andrews, who has been called "the first lady of chili peppers," won the Jane Grigson Award for distinguished scholarship from the International Association of Culinary Professionals for this definitive book on the fascinating story of chilies.

"The Peppers Cookbook: 200 Recipes from the Pepper Lady's Kitchen"

Andrews follows up on the success of "The Pepper Trail" with a new collection of more than 200 recipes for pepper lovers everywhere.

"American Wildflower Florilegium"

Andrews presents paintings of American wildflowers in full color, along with scientific information about the flower. Illustrated and written with the cooperation of the National Wildflower Research Center and the Department of Botany at the University of Texas at Austin, the book also has observations by E. Arthur Bell, immediate past director of the Royal Botanical Gardens at Kew,

Britain, and Ghillean T. Prance, current director of the Royal Botanical Gardens at Kew.

"Texas Cookbook: From Barbecue to Banquet an Informal View of Dining and Entertaining the Texas Way"

The book, by Mary Faulk Koock, includes recipes gathered from ranch kitchens and city cooks, with cuisine ranging from down-home cooking to high-class affairs and regional favorites to ethnic specialties. Scattered among the recipes are the author's anecdotes from her vast and varied encounters with famous and influential Texans, including pianist Van Cliburn and the author's brother, author John Henry Faulk.

"The Best from Helen Corbitt's Kitchens"

The book, by Patty Vineyard MacDonald, includes the finest recipes from the famed chef at the downtown Dallas Neiman Marcus' Zodiac Room.

"Rattler One-Seven: A Vietnam Helicopter Pilot's War Story"

Chuck Gross, who left for the Vietnam War in 1970 as a 19-year-old pilot fresh out of flight school spent his entire Vietnam tour with the 71st Assault Helicopter Company flying UH-1 Huey helicopters. Soon after the war, he wrote down his adventures, while his memory was still fresh with the events. "Rattler One-Seven" (his call sign) is written as Gross experienced them.

"Eleven Days in Hell: The 1974 Carrasco Prison Siege at Huntsville, Texas"

Bryan resident William T. Harper received the Violet Crown Book Award for best nonfiction from the Writers League of Texas for this story of one of the longest hostage-taking sieges in the history of the United States.

"Interpreters with Lewis and Clark: The Story of Sacagawea and Toussaint Charbonneau"

Former Associated Press reporter W. Dale Nelson presents the first family biography of Sacagawea, Lewis and Clark's Shoshone guide on their 1804 expedition; her husband, French Canadian fur trader Toussaint Charbonneau; and their son, Jean Baptiste.

"Texas Toys and Games"

Edited by Francis Edward Abernathy, secretary and editor of the Texas Folklore Society, this book

features folk toys made from natural or available materials -- whatever was at hand or could be scrounged. The toys featured were made not to sell, but for the challenge and joy of the craft, and each toy is an object of personal pride to the person who created it.

The Lucy Richards Trilogy: "The Train to Estelline," "A Place Called Sweet Shrub" and "Dance a Little Longer"

Written by Dallas resident Jane Roberts Wood, these three books tell the story of Lucinda " Lucy" Richards, who in 1911 becomes a teacher for a school in the Texas Panhandle. The books follow her to the 1930s, focusing on her teaching career, marriage, motherhood and struggles to make her and her husband's West Texas farm a success.

The UNT Press, founded in 1987, is the newest university press in the North Texas region. The press publishes 15 to 16 books each year and is a fully accredited member of the Association of American University Presses.

The press publishes both academic and popular interest books, with emphasis on Texas history and culture, military history, western history, criminal justice, folklore, multicultural topics, music, natural and environmental history, culinary history and women's studies.

For more information about the recommended books, visit the UNT Press website at www.unt.edu/untpress or call (940) 565-2142.

UNT News Service Phone Number: (940) 565-2108