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Secrets of the Tsil Café: A Novel with Recipes

Thomas Fox Averill

Raised in the traditional kitchen from which his mother runs her Buen AppeTito catering service, Weston Tito Hingler's childhood is shaped by the foods he eats, especially those he must try before he is allowed to enter the Tsil Café where his father invites-and at times challenges-diners to experience foods of the New World cooked New Mexican style.

Filled with recipes and definitions of New World ingredients, Averill's novel follows Wes as he navigates his way through the dueling cuisines of his passionate parents and the signature recipes of his life.


Thomas Fox Averill, a graduate of the University of Iowa Writers’ Workshop, is professor of English and writerin-residence at Washburn University in Topeka, Kansas. An O. Henry Award winner, he is the author of several books, including rode (UNM Press).


"A lovingly written coming-of-age gem."


Library Journal

"Food is the talisman, the metaphor, and the basic aroma of this voluptuous novel . . . The tale is full of recipes, some on the very edge of bizarre but all bursting with flavor and history."



"An intriguing, educational, and delectable book, Secrets of the Tsil Cafe is an excellent and much recommended pick for both fiction and cooking history collections."


The Midwest Book Review

6 x 9 in. 240 pages