Holiday Cookbook Roundup

Gift Guide

Holiday Cookbook Roundup

Cooking with Marie: On Any Occasion!

by Marie Hejl
Bright Sky, 160 pp., $29.95

Reading Cooking With Marie made me think of my friend Crysol, a bright, fearless, tiny firecracker, who seems intimidated by one thing alone: cooking. She never learned as a child, and now, as a busy woman with a family and a career, she has little time – but lots of interest – for cooking new things. I realized then that Marie Hejl's beautiful cookbook is the ideal gift for beginning cooks and for the Crysols of the world but that it also deserves a place in my kitchen library.

An attorney by training and self-taught cook by passion, Hejl is the host of Cooking With Marie, an award-winning cooking show that features Austin guest chefs (such as Tyson Cole and Alma Alcocer) and airs in 80 markets across the nation and New Zealand, Canada, and Australia. She has appeared in Country Living, Food & Wine, and Southern Living, as well as on The Martha Stewart Show. But despite all the recognition and success, Hejl has remained a true Austinite, an approachable, friendly young woman with a sparkling personality that shines through her writing. Her kitchen philosophy is to keep things simple with easy, quick, and "healthy enough" cuisine for the everyday cook. Her Texas-tinged recipes for a variety of dishes draw from her diverse family background and range from childhood favorites like her mom's migas to her grandma's roasted-garlic shrimp cocktail and her own pork chops with cranberry-pomegranate sauce. Great job, homegirl!

The Best of Austin: Restaurants ballot is here! Nominations can be made now through Monday, August 22, at midnight. Vote now at

A note to readers: Bold and uncensored, The Austin Chronicle has been Austin’s independent news source for over 40 years, expressing the community’s political and environmental concerns and supporting its active cultural scene. Now more than ever, we need your support to continue supplying Austin with independent, free press. If real news is important to you, please consider making a donation of $5, $10 or whatever you can afford, to help keep our journalism on stands.

Support the Chronicle  

More by Claudia Alarcón
Savory Characters
Savory Characters
Cooking up the next generation of cocktails

Feb. 6, 2015

Calling the Shots
Calling the Shots
The women defining Austin's cocktail culture

Jan. 23, 2015


Cooking With Marie: On Any Occasion, Marie Hejl

One click gets you all the newsletters listed below

Breaking news, arts coverage, and daily events

Can't keep up with happenings around town? We can help.

Austin's queerest news and events

Eric Goodman's Austin FC column, other soccer news

Behind the scenes at The Austin Chronicle

Information is power. Support the free press, so we can support Austin.   Support the Chronicle