Counter Culture Texas
by Susie Kelly Flatau and Mark Dean

Republic of Texas Press, 2000. ISBN 155622737X.
Reviewed by Susan Wittig Albert
Posted on 02/21/2002

Nonfiction: Food/Cooking/Kitchen; Nonfiction: Nature/Place/Environment

If you've never been to Texas, you'll want to come the minute you open this nostalgic book—and if you're lucky enough to live here, you know the authors got it right. Counter Culture Texas is about those old drugstores, diners, and honky-tonks that are the center of small-town communal life. It's about counters and the folks who prop their elbows on them while they sip coffee or a beer and complain about the weather or the election. It's about culture and conversation and friendships that connect. Sadly, some of these old landmarks are disappearing, but they'll live on in Susie Flatau's lively descriptions and Mark Dean's stunning black-and-white photographs. No doubt about it, this is the essence of Texas, distilled along back roads and in the far corners of the state. But more, it's the essence of the past for every woman who remembers perching on a twirly stool, sipping a cherry coke, and sneaking peeks at her ten-year-old self in the mirror over that Formica counter.

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