Houston foodie fixture Erin Hicks, author of the popular “Houston Classic” cookbook series, and Houston Small Plates & Sips, readies Houstonians for cooler temperatures with her soon-to-be released Houston Soups & Sips. Hicks’ launch party will be held at Ritual (602 Studewood) on January 18, from 5 – 9 p.m. Friends and fans can enjoy complimentary soup samples from featured restaurants, as well as visit with Hicks in person and purchase a personalized copy.

Hicks was assisted by local food writer and culinary sidekick, Jodie Eisenhardt to showcase the best of the city’s beloved soups, complementing each beautifully photographed and home-kitchen tested recipe with corresponding wine and beer recipe pairings (tips from Master Sommelier Guy Stout, restaurateur-sommelier Shepard Ross, as well as other featured somms and cicerones). Each recipe also includes personal tips from the executive chefs to ensure the tastiest experience as at-home chefs take this culinary journey.


Houston Soups & Sips is filled with 60 scrumptious recipes from first courses, main courses and dessert soups, and the book inspires home cooks toward soul-satisfying results, while also serving as a fantastic gift idea for friends, family members or co-workers for a cookbook that is sure to be enjoyed year-round.

Highlights include sought-after recipes from some of Houston’s hottest restaurants and much-loved chefs including executive chef William Wright’s (Helen Greek Food and Wine, James James Beard 2016 nominee) version of the traditional Greek soup, Avgolemono (cover photo); Justin Yu’s (Oxheart, James Beard winner 2016) Mushroom-Kombu; Ronnie Killen’s (Killen’s) Turkey Chili; Graham Laborde’s (Bernandine’s) Cucumber Gazpacho; among hot spots like Pax Americana, State of Grace, Caracol and more.

Priced at $24.95, copies are available for pre-order online at erinhickscooks.com and on Amazon. Books may also be purchased at Barnes & Noble and various restaurants and retail locations around town in mid-January.

Shanna Jones

Shanna is the co-founder and editor of Urban Swank. She focuses on food and travel.


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