How to Be a Texan: The Manual (Hardcover)

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By Andrea Valdez, Abi Daniel (Illustrator)
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There are certain things every Texan should know how to do and say, whether your Lone Star roots reach all the way back to the 1836 Republic or you were just transplanted here yesterday. Some of these may be second nature to you, but others . . . well, maybe it wouldn’t hurt to have a few handy hints if, say, branding the herd or hosting a tamalada aren’t your usual pastimes. That’s where How to Be a Texan can help.

In a friendly, lighthearted style, Andrea Valdez offers illustrated, easy-to-follow steps for dozens of authentic Texas activities and sayings. In no time, you’ll be talking like a Texan and dressing the part; hunting, fishing, and ranching; cooking your favorite Texas dishes; and dancing cumbia and two-step. You’ll learn how to take a proper bluebonnet photo and build a Día de los Muertos altar, and you’ll have a bucket list of all the places Texans should visit in their lifetime. Not only will you know how to do all these things, you’ll finish the book with a whole new appreciation for what it means to be a Texan and even more pride in saying “I’m from Texas” anywhere you wander in the world.

About the Author

A native Houstonian who has worked for Texas Monthly since 2006, Andrea Valdez is the editor of She has written on a wide range of subjects, including more than forty columns on activities every Texan should be able to do, which provided the inspiration for this book. She also helped Texas Monthly launch The Daily Post and

Praise For…

Valdez’s book is a must-read manual for anyone looking to learn more about the wild and wonderful state.
— Texas Monthly

If the title’s not enough of a selling point, consider a few of the important life lessons that editor Andrea Valdez’s essential Texas tome will teach you, including, but not limited to, how to brand the herd, how to host a tamalada, how to survive cedar fever, how to cook brisket, how to noodle for catfish, and how to float the river.
— Texas Monthly

Product Details
ISBN: 9781477309315
ISBN-10: 1477309314
Publisher: University of Texas Press
Publication Date: May 3rd, 2016
Pages: 206
Language: English