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A treasure trove of essays, recipes, and images exploring the people and food of Marfa and its premier restaurant, The Capri

Cooking in Marfa introduces an unusual small town in the West Texas desert and, within it, a fine-dining oasis in a most unlikely place. The Capri excels at serving the spectrum of guests that Marfa draws, from locals and ranchers to artists, museum-board members, and discerning tourists. Featuring more than 80 recipes inspired by local products, this is the story of this unique community told through the lens of food, sharing the cuisine and characters that make The Capri a destination unto itself.

Virginia Lebermann is from a family of ranchers who have been in Texas for more than 100 years. She co-founded the arts organization Ballroom Marfa, and co-owns the Thunderbird Hotel and The Capri.

Rocky Barnette is the chef and co-owner of The Capri. He was raised in North Carolina, and worked at the three Michelin-starred Inn at Little Washington in Washington, Virginia, for almost a decade before relocating to Marfa.

“A selection of essays, recipes, and images, embodies Marfa’s eclectic modernism through the lens of food.”—Galerie

“In this collection of 80 recipes… The authors impart their enthusiasm for local flavors.”—Publishers Weekly

Cooking in Marfa takes a deep dive into [the town’s] food and entertaining traditions.”—The Local Palate