Lisa Wingate's TEXAS COOKING is delicious! This novel has a spiritual dimension devoid of preachy righteousness, and the characters have a psychological depth that doesn't come across as too heavy.
Collie, a Washington, D.C., reporter, is stuck in small-town Texas on the assignment from hell: She has to write about southern cooking and she can't boil water. Due in no small part to a handsome tractor salesman, Collie's city cynicism starts to fade as she begins to write about the people of San Saline and starts to connect with a more caring part of herself.
Wingate's style ranges from humorous to searching to achingly tender scenes. She perfectly portrays every moment, investing her characters with deep emotional lives. Her writing is wise, witty and compassionate.
When a friend reads Collie's stories, she remarks, "They made me laugh and cry and I got that tingly feeling I only get when I read something really good." Equal praise applies to TEXAS COOKING. (Sep., 320 pp., $6.99)