A valuable compendium no matter where you live, Texas Seafood encourages you to explore uncommon varieties from your local fishmonger.
— Wall Street Journal
By documenting in such detail what's below the surface in our Texas waters, [Texas Seafood] reveals a treasure. Not just for a local market but beyond: the national and even global market.
— Edible Houston
A compendium of just about all the seafood you can eat—and catch—in Texas…an important addition to every local foodie's culinary library.
— Edible San Antonio
'Comprehensive' is an understatement for this book…After the insightful fish facts and tips on catching, buying, and prepping seafood, the recipes are a revelation…Texas Seafood proves to be equal parts culinary encyclopedia, environmentalist manifesto, and love letter to the Gulf.
— Texas Monthly
From familiar species, such as shrimp, tuna, crab, and red snapper, to the lesser-known (yet delicious) species often overlooked by consumers, Texas Seafood is a celebration of our regional bounty.
— The Literary South
A comprehensive volume that guides the reader through hundreds of lesser-known edible species found in the Gulf waters along the Texas Coast...This encyclopedic hardcover is a must have for anyone [interested] in the food and fish of Texas.
— Houston Food Finder
From steamed curried crab to chicken-fried ribbonfish, [Texas Seafood's] meals will have readers eating like they're right on the Texas Gulf Coast.
[Texas Seafood is] a must-have for anyone even remotely interested in the bounty the state's waters have to offer…This one's a catch, y'all. Don't miss out.
— San Antonio Express-News
PJ and Benchalak Stoops have written the definitive book on the seafood that comes out of the Gulf. The recipes are superb and the food is glorious, but the bigger message is the one that is vital to the national discourse: our planet is in the midst of a global food and climate crisis. Eating locally, cooking less popular species of smaller fish, and broadening our vision of what seafood on our plate looks like is a lasting legacy that makes Texas Seafood one of the most important cookbooks of this or any year.
— Andrew Zimmern, James Beard Award-winning TV personality, chef, and author
PJ and Benchalak Stoops are true stewards of our Gulf. They understand how to source seafood—but also how to cook it—and have helped me open our guests’ eyes to new and delicious species of fish. This book should be a learning tool in every restaurant in Texas and beyond.
— Chris Shepherd, James Beard Award-winning chef/owner, Underbelly Hospitality
This is a delicious work of culinary scholarship that reads as a love letter to seafood and Texas. It is at once humble and astoundingly expert and well-researched. PJ and Benchalak Stoops offer an essential recipe for Texas seafood with equal parts wit, respect, creativity, and a wise and worldly understanding of the nuances of sustainability and culture. For chefs, cooks, anglers, and anyone interested in local lore, this book is relevant far beyond the Lone Star State as it reminds us to celebrate all things salty, scaled, and shelled.
— Barton Seaver, founder, Chief Education Officer, Seafood Literacy