Enchilada Queen takes Latino cookbook honor

Enchilada Queen takes Latino cookbook honor http://www.chron.com/entertainment/restaurants-bars/article/Enchilada-Queen-takes-Latino-cookbook-honor-12188230.php

By Greg Morago

Published 9:13 am, Monday, September 11, 2017
Photo: Melissa Phillip, Staff
Sylvia Casares, chef and owner of Sylvia's Enchilada Kitchen, 6401 Woodway. Her 2016 cookbook, "The Enchilada Queen Cookbook" was named best cookbook at the 2017 International Latino Book Awards.
Sylvia Casares, chef and owner of Sylvia's Enchilada Kitchen, 6401 Woodway. Her 2016 cookbook, "The Enchilada Queen Cookbook" was named best cookbook at the 2017 International Latino Book Awards.
Photo: Melissa Phillip, Staff
Sylvia Casares' 2016 cookbook, "The Enchilada Queen Cookbook" was named best cookbook at the 2017 International Latino Book Awards.
Sylvia Casares' 2016 cookbook, "The Enchilada Queen Cookbook" was named best cookbook at the 2017 International Latino Book Awards.
Photo: St. Martin's Griffin
Cover: "The Enchilada Queen Cookbook" by Sylvia Casares with Dotty Griffith (St. Martin' Griffin).
Cover: "The Enchilada Queen Cookbook" by Sylvia Casares with Dotty Griffith (St. Martin' Griffin).
Photo: St. Martin's Griffin
Cheese Enchiladas with Chili Gravy are featured in "The Enchilada Queen Cookbook" by Sylvia Casares.
Cheese Enchiladas with Chili Gravy are featured in "The Enchilada Queen Cookbook" by Sylvia Casares.
Photo: Alex Martinez
Sopa de Fideo (vermicelli soup) is a dish featured in "The Enchilada Queen Cookbook" by Sylvia Casares.
Sopa de Fideo (vermicelli soup) is a dish featured in "The Enchilada Queen Cookbook" by Sylvia Casares.
Photo: Alex Martinez
Sylvia Casares of Sylvia's Enchilada Kitchen and Sylvia's offers tamale-making classes during tamale season.
Sylvia Casares of Sylvia's Enchilada Kitchen and Sylvia's offers tamale-making classes during tamale season.
Photo: Â Tony Bullard 2013, Freelance Photographer
Chef Sylvia Casares, from Sylvia´s Enchilada Kitchen, displays pumpkin empanadas in her Houston restaurant. Her 2016 cookbook, "The Enchilada Queen Cookbook" was named best cookbook at the 2017 International Latino Book Awards. less
Chef Sylvia Casares, from Sylvia´s Enchilada Kitchen, displays pumpkin empanadas in her Houston restaurant. Her 2016 cookbook, "The Enchilada Queen Cookbook" was named best cookbook at the 2017 International ... more
Photo: Elizabeth Conley, Houston Chronicle
Sylvia Casares, of Sylvia's Enchilada Kitchen, poses for a portrait at the second-annual Houston Chronicle Culinary Stars event, to mark the announcement of Alison Cook's Top 100 Restaurants.
Sylvia Casares, of Sylvia's Enchilada Kitchen, poses for a portrait at the second-annual Houston Chronicle Culinary Stars event, to mark the announcement of Alison Cook's Top 100 Restaurants.
Photo: Jon Shapley, Houston Chronicle
Enchilada Queen Chile con Queso from "The Enchilada Queen Cookbook" by Sylvia Casares (St. Martin' Griffin).
Enchilada Queen Chile con Queso from "The Enchilada Queen Cookbook" by Sylvia Casares (St. Martin' Griffin).
Photo: Alex Martinez
Sylvia Casares, owner of Sylvia's and Sylvia's Enchilada Kitchen restaurants, conducts a tamale-making class at her new restaurant Sylvia's, 1140 Eldridge Parkway. Her 2016 cookbook, "The Enchilada Queen Cookbook" was named best cookbook at the 2017 International Latino Book Awards. less
Sylvia Casares, owner of Sylvia's and Sylvia's Enchilada Kitchen restaurants, conducts a tamale-making class at her new restaurant Sylvia's, 1140 Eldridge Parkway. Her 2016 cookbook, "The Enchilada Queen ... more
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Sylvia Casares, chef/owner of Sylvia's Enchilada Kitchen. Her 2016 cookbook, "The Enchilada Queen Cookbook" was named best cookbook at the 2017 International Latino Book Awards.
Sylvia Casares, chef/owner of Sylvia's Enchilada Kitchen. Her 2016 cookbook, "The Enchilada Queen Cookbook" was named best cookbook at the 2017 International Latino Book Awards.
Photo: Houston Chronicle
Sylvia Casares with a plate of her tamales in front of Sylvia's Enchilada Kitchen on Woodway. Her 2016 cookbook, "The Enchilada Queen Cookbook" was named best cookbook at the 2017 International Latino Book Awards. less
Sylvia Casares with a plate of her tamales in front of Sylvia's Enchilada Kitchen on Woodway. Her 2016 cookbook, "The Enchilada Queen Cookbook" was named best cookbook at the 2017 International Latino Book ... more
Photo: © Tony Bullard 2013, Tony Bullard

Houston's Enchilada Queen is now royalty in the Latino book realm.

Sylvia Casares, owner of Sylvia's Enchilada Kitchen, was honored at the International Latino Book Awards where her "The Enchilada Queen Cookbook" was named Best Cookbook at an awards ceremony in Los Angeles on Sept. 9.

The cookbook, published last fall by St. Martin's Griffin and written with longtime Dallas food editor and critic Dotty Griffith, offers more than 80 recipes for the Tex-Mex cuisine she learned growing up on the border in Brownsville.

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"My original intent in doing 'The Enchilada Queen Cookbook' was to record not just the foods that go back so many generations in my family, but also to preserve the Texas Mexican cuisine that has become known as Tex-Mex," Casares said. "These past few weeks in Texas and now in Florida, Mexico, and the Caribbean, have brought devastation to many people and many lives. It is a reminder in stark terms about the immeasurable value of family and traditions. To have this book recognized by the 2017 International Latino Book Awards at this time is such an honor to my family, their history and their contributions. It is made more special coming now when we are all reminded what these mean to us and how quickly so much can be lost."

The International Latino Book Awards is produced by Latino Literacy Now and recognizes fiction, non-fiction, cookbooks, and children's books written in English, Spanish and Portuguese. Finalists were from across the United States and Puerto Rico in addition to 20 countries outside the U.S.

Casares has restaurants at 6401 Woodway and 1140 Eldridge Parkway. In January she closed her store at 12637 Westheimer, her oldest of three restaurants, to concentrate on her two other operations.

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