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Music in the Kitchen

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Music in the Kitchen

Favorite Recipes from Austin City Limits Performers

By Glenda Pierce Facemire

With Leigh Anne Jasheway-Bryant

Celebrating the 35th anniversary of Austin City Limits, the longest-running popular music series in American television history—a cookbook of authentic family recipes from some 130 performers, including B. B. King, Widespread Panic, Ralph Stanley, Neko Case, Cowboy Junkies, and Susan Tedeschi.

E-book version available on all major platforms.

2009

E-book version available.

With a musical mix that free ranges from progressive country to rock'n'roll, jazz, Texas swing, Latin, blues, pop, bluegrass, and world music, Austin City Limits inspires and entertains millions of fans around the globe. Created by Austin's PBS television station KLRU in 1974 and winner of countless awards (including the National Medal of the Arts from the National Endowment for the Arts) since, ACL is now the longest-running show on PBS, as well as an annual music festival that draws tens of thousands of music lovers to the "Live Music Capital of the World."

As the show celebrates its thirty-fifth anniversary in 2009, Music in the Kitchen offers a unique, highly flavorful way to connect with ACL through the favorite recipes of some 130 artists who've appeared on its stage. From Willie Nelson's "Willie's Tequila-Mango Salsa" to Roseanne Cash's "Roast Lemon Chicken with Carrots and Onions," Joss Stone's "Veggie Lasagna," My Morning Jacket's "Quinoa Eggs with Cheese, Please!" and Shawn Colvin's "Swedish Pancakes," these are some of the most authentic family recipes for everything from zesty appetizers to scrumptious desserts. Not surprisingly, the recipes reflect the diverse national and international roots of the performers, who tell interesting and flavorful stories of what these dishes mean to them and their families. Glenda Facemire introduces the recipes with brief biographies that highlight not only the artists' musical careers and achievements but also their contributions to society beyond music, as well as their favorite charities. Striking color photographs of the performers make this book a feast for the eyes as well as the palate.

Music in the Kitchen's tasty mix of food, family stories, photos, and backstage insights collected and compiled by an ACL veteran will make you feel like you're right there on the set as you whip up these recipes in your own kitchen. Good entertainment, good eating, and good listening, y'all!

  • Foreword
  • Acknowledgments
  • Introduction: Face to Face
  • Samplers: Appetizers
  • Groovin' with Soups, Stews, Salads, and Breads
  • Accompaniments: Sides, Sauces, Spreads, and Jams
  • Main Attractions: Poultry, Meats, Seafood, and Game
  • Keep the Beet: Vegetables and Legumes
  • Hit Singles
  • Sweet Sounds: Desserts
  • Encore Buffet
  • List of Charities
  • Index

Never before has there been a cookbook that will make you want to whip up something in the kitchen and boogie down to the music at the same time!

If you enjoy cooking, eating, listening to music, or are simply a fan of Austin City Limits, you will love this one-of-a-kind cookbook. Dip into the musicians' recipes, experiment with flavors—both musical and culinary—and stir up a little music history. We can't all be talented musicians, but we certainly can enjoy cooking like them.

On one of my very first shows in 1989 as key makeup artist for Austin City Limits, I had the chance to meet and work with the great Stevie Ray Vaughan. And what an incredible show that was! Twenty years later I look back and I'm awestruck by so many of these incredible artists and their original musical styles. How fortunate to be in ACL's Studio A with a studio audience and to listen to so much wonderful live music. It takes my breath away just thinking about it! It has been an exciting and unbelievable journey thus far.

Working with ACL gave me the up-close and personal opportunity to meet many more gifted musicians. On occasion, if time allowed before the show, the artists and I would share a tête-à-tête. Yes, there have been several great stories, some legendary tales, countless jokes, and even showbiz gossip. I wish I could share, but what happens in the makeup chair stays in the makeup chair!

When it comes to cooking, I'm looking for the next great recipe. And when you can talk about cooking and sharing some recipes with some of the most amazing performing artists in music history, it doesn't get any better than that. After many years of talking appetizers and barbecue and main dishes with the artists, I thought, "Wouldn't it be great to share all this with the treasured fans of ACL?" So I decided to pitch the idea for this cookbook to the show and they loved it! They wanted to help as much as they could despite already having a lot on their plate, especially considering the show's other venue, the Austin City Limits Music Festival, held annually in October.

So off I went, writing, calling, chatting with artists and musicians or their managers and publicists, and asking them if they'd be willing to contribute a favorite recipe to this book. They were all very positive, generous, and enormously supportive. I also thought it was important that this cookbook support charity for awareness only, and decided to ask the artists to let people know about the important community, national, and international organizations they support with their time and money, so that if you were so inspired, you too could lend a helping hand. After all, when it comes to cooking up a better world, there can't be too many cooks.

So when you entertain your guests with any of these yummy dishes, you will most definitely take pleasure in saying "Oh, it's a recipe from B.B. King, Willie Nelson, Dolly Parton, Loretta Lynn, Femi Kuti, Bruce Hornsby, Alan Jackson, Vince Gill, David Gray, Joan Baez, or Joss Stone," just to name a few. That's sure to make your guests sit up and applaud!

So, fire up the grill, light up the stove, and if you want something real tasty, turn on Austin City Limits! Because everything tastes better with a little Music in the Kitchen!

Bon appetit! Cheers! And enjoy the music!

Willie Nelson

Show dates: 1975, 1977, 1980, 1981, 1982, 1984, 1991, 1994, 1996, 1997, 1998, 2000

Serving up: Country, country rock, outlaw country

A few ingredients: Nothing says Texas like a heaping helping of the music of Willie Nelson. His career began as a teenager, singing in a Baptist church and playing guitar in polka bands. After moving to Austin, Willie quickly became an enormously successful performer, recording jazz standards, country-rock, and gospel in his distinctive singing style. He has become an international icon, winning countless American Music Awards, Country Music Association Awards, Academy of Country Music Awards, and Grammy Awards (including a Lifetime Achievement Award in 2000), and appearing in hundreds of benefit concerts. He is most proud of his work with charities such as Farm Aid, which he co-founded in 1985 with Neil Young and John Mellencamp, and the Spears Foundation for Hepatitis C Awareness.

Willie has also had a successful acting career, appearing in almost two dozen movies.

More tasty morsels: willienelson.com

Willie's charity: Farm Aid, farmaid.org

Willie's Tequila-Mango Salsa

  • 1/3 c. Austin Slow Burn Spiced Peach Jam with Habanero
  • 3 T. red onion, diced
  • 1/4 c. cilantro, chopped
  • 2 c. mango, coarsely chopped
  • 1 large avocado, chopped
  • 1 c. strawberries, chopped (optional)
  • 1/2 c. jalapeños, diced (optional)
  • Jose Cuervo Especial to taste (set to the side with a shot glass and drink at your own risk)

Mix all ingredients and serve with chips. Great on chicken or fish.

Glenda Pierce Facemire is the Head Makeup Artist for Austin City Limits, where she has worked since 1989. She is a Celebrity Makeup Artist who has freelanced over the last thirty years for major film/video/print national and international production companies and network television including ABC, CBS, NBC, CNN, BET, CMT, BBC, HGTV, MTV, A&E, The Food Channel, Time Warner, American Idol (Austin), Fox Network, Access Hollywood, Ambush Makeover, Good Morning America, Nightline, 60 Minutes, HD-Net, E-Entertainment, Lifetime, America's Most Wanted, American Masters, Texas Monthly, Irish Spring, Walmart, Volkswagen/Canada, Panasonic, Greyhound, and Southwest Airlines.

"Through her passion and tireless efforts, Glenda Facemire, our long-time makeup artist/stylist, has unearthed a bounty of unique and original recipes that are as creative, eclectic, and adventurous as the artists who have shaped the ACL legacy and made it the longest-running popular music series in American television history. You may not be able to play any instrument, write a hit song, or bring an audience to its feet, but there's a good chance you'll be able to recreate one of these treats in your own kitchen. Be brave, be bold . . . and let's eat!"

—Terry Lickona, Producer, Austin City Limits, from the foreword