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Houston foodie fixture Erin Hicks, author of the popular “Houston Classic” cookbook series, wraps up holiday gift giving and entertaining dilemmas with her just released Houston Small Plates & Sips. Her fourth book, an ideally timed follow up to Houston Classic Desserts, Houston Classic Mexican Recipes and Houston Classic Seafood, showcases the best of the city’s small plates movement and complements each beautifully photographed and home kitchen tested mini dish with a corresponding beer, wine and cocktail recipe pairing, plus personal tips from top chefs, mixologists and sommeliers.

With recipes perfect for parties or a quiet evening at home, Houston Small Plates & Sips serves up more than 100 culinary finds and cocktail ideas. Mix and match multi-course tasting menus or treat a friend, family member or co-worker to a cookbook that is sure to be enjoyed long after it’s been unwrapped. Highlights include sought after signatures ranging from REEF’s Shrimp Shooters and Uchi’s Salad to Mockingbird Bistro’s Braised Short Ribs and Brasserie 19’s Butterscotch Tarts. And wash it all down with an Aviation from Mongoose Versus Cobra, a Persimmon Julep from Anvil, La Perla from Coppa or G’vine, Lillet & Croquet from the soon-to-open Brooklyn Athletic Club.

Hicks, a former restaurant owner from Corpus Christi who works as a designer, realtor and photographer, has grown a loyal following thanks to her cornucopia of chef sources and accessible choices that position the home cook as a star in the kitchen.

According to Hicks, “Houston Small Plates & Sips” is a great book for dreaming or designing a spectacular dine around at home.”

And critics agree. Jeremiah Tower, James Beard Foundation Outstanding Chef and author says, “Who knew that Houston was so packed with talent, cooking all of our favorite dishes, and that they’re all in this beautiful, stunningly photographed Houston Small Plates & Sips cookbook? And not just the food – all my favorite cocktails as well! Who better than Erin Hicks to show the way around town?”

Priced at $24.95, copies are now available for pre-order online at erinhickscooks.com. Friends and fans can also visit with Hicks in person, purchase a copy and have her personalize it on November 8 from 5 until 9 pm when Arturo’s Uptown Italiano (1180-1 Uptown Park Blvd., Houston, TX 77056) hosts the launch party with complimentary small bites and champagne, plus happy hour specials.

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