The Junior League of Beaumont has two cookbooks in print, Dining Without Reservations, and Lagniappe. Profits from cookbook sales support community service projects.
The Junior League of Beaumont proudly presents our newest cookbook, Dining Without Reservations. These recipes reflect a growing interested in cooking. Dining Without Reservations continues the tradition of cooking for the pure joy of it. Whether preparing a sophisticated dinner party, a casual feast for friends, or the everyday family meal, you will find a variety of recipes to tempt every palate. Inside, you will discover over three hundred tried and true recipes. Whether from a mother, grandmother, or favorites from new friends, all are meant to bring you closer to the true essence of Beaumont and its people. (First publication, 2003) $24.95
Dining Without Reservations offers down-home favorites such as Tex-Mex Pinto Beans, Barbecue Sandwiches, and Heartwarming Chili. It also features dishes like Roast Pork With Strawberry Salsa and Caviar Puff Pastry Stars for the more discerning palates. “The most enticing sections, however, are appetizers and desserts. Cheese lovers will enjoy appetizers such as the Pesto Cheese Pasta Bites, Spinach and Three-Cheese Dip, and the particularly tantalizing Southwestern Cheese Appetizer with cheddar, pepper jack, cream cheese, and sweet red peppers. Dining Without Reservations offers down-home favorites such as Tex-Mex Pinto Beans, Barbecue Sandwiches, and Heartwarming Chili. It also features dishes like Roast Pork With Strawberry Salsa and Caviar Puff Pastry Stars for the more discerning palates.As for the dessert section, staples such as chocolate chip and oatmeal cookies mingle among the decadent Chocolate Amaretto Pound Cakes With Hot Fudge Sauce and Show Stopping Chocolate Mousse Cake. Even avid dieters should give up hesitations and indulge.
Dining Without Reservations features about three hundred recipes, and the proceeds support the Junior League of Beaumont and its “commitment to enrich the quality of life” for the Beaumont community. Before you book a table at the finest dining establishment in town, consider that the newest eatery of fantastic fare could be your very own home.”
——Review by Christan Tomas, Texas Monthly, May 2004
Lagniappe, A Little Something Extra says the same and becomes of the name of the big, little cookbook bulging with lots of extra somethings. This collection of polished, yet practical recipes is seasoned with little hospitality hints, special how-to somethings, menu extras for entertaining, even some secret family recipes. All are aimed at diminishing the daily dietary doldrums. In an effort to ease the unbearable and invariable routine of eat, eat, eat (three times a day for a lifetime), the Junior League of Beaumont offers this mini-adventure in mastering the endless bout to fill the mouth. So take, eat, and enjoy! (Third edition, 2008. Originally published, 1982.) $20.00