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Rising culinary star Ellise Pierce, aka the Cowgirl Chef, is heating things up far beyond her home state of Texas. Her debut cookbook, Cowgirl Chef: Texas Cooking with a French Accent, is already in its third printing and selling out at every book signing, cooking class, and appearance where she ties her apron on.

Cowboys & Indians magazine


I did not wake up one morning and say to myself, “A cookbook! I must write a cookbook!” Nor did I ever imagine that I would fall in love with a Frenchman, move to Paris…and then not like it.
– Fort Worth Star-Telegram


…Ellise Pierce left Dallas for love in Paris, where she started blogging and cooking.
– Modern Luxury Dallas


Cowgirl Chef: Texas Cooking with a French Accent, the new cookbook by the Denton native Ellise Pierce, was born of desperation.

The New York Times

This month, Pierce starts her statewide book tour and talked with TEXAS MONTHLY about her experiences in France, growing up in Texas, and how she created a Texas-sized salad for her book.

– Texas Monthly


In Cowgirl Chef: Texas Cooking With a French Accent, Pierce meshes French cuisine with Texas twists in dishes like chicken empanadas with cilantro yogurt and chorizo “cowgirl” quiche. Part memoir, part cookbook, the lovely tome includes chapters on “Tex Mex 101” and “Cowgirlified Frenchy” dishes, as well as “Tacos, Tarts and Tartines.”


Tex-Mex recipes? Fine. Tex-Mex-Southern? Maybe. But Tex-Mex-Southern-homestyle and French? Incredible as it sounds, former Denton resident Ellise Pierce has managed to blend the four cuisines into a delightful and highly entertaining cookbook.
– Denton Record-Chronicle


Yet, as in the Gershwin piece, Paris triumphed – as did Pierce, who turned her Texpat homesickness into a Transatlantic culinary adventure and a superb new cookbook, Cowgirl Chef: Texas Cooking with a French Accent

– Shelf Unbound


Denton-native Ellise Pierce blends Texas spice with French traditions in her new cookbook Cowgirl Chef: Texas Cooking With a French Accent.
– Edible Dallas & Fort Worth


Ellise Pierce, a homesick American in Paris, parlays her love of Tex-Mex cuisine into a book of delicious down-home recipes.
– Hello!


Pierce’s book is in its third printing after just being released in May.
– PureWow Dallas


Pierce is making a career of finding new ways to combine two very distinct cuisines, but that idea isn’t as foreign as you might think.

– Austin 360