Food Moment: Homesick Texan at her Chelsea apartment in New York City

Lisa Fain, aka Homesick Texan started her blog in September of 2005. The title of her nationally-popular blog, which the London Times this year named one of the world’s best food blogs, says everything. She’s a seventh generation Texan who has been living in New York City for almost fifteen years. She cooks, photographs and blogs about her favorite Texas foods from her apartment, often writing tidbits of her cherished childhood memories that go along with dishes.



I’ve been thinking about shooting a series of portraits about the people behind food everyone from chefs and writers to producers and line cooks. I asked Lisa if she would be willing to sit for the first one. She cheerfully agreed. A week later, I found myself in Lisa’s New York apartment meeting Buster, her native Texas cat.  Buster demanded a role in our portrait session and rightly so; Lisa found the 20-year-old cat behind the legendary dance hall the Broken Spoke back when she lived in Austin, Texas.

Lisa was a little camera shy in the beginning, but like all good Texans, she had a nice bottle of tequila and loosened up after a round of shots. That was all it took. She had a perfect location in her beautifully-lit bedroom (which, coincidentally, is where she shoots the food featured in her blog) and an amazing collection of cowboy boots – I think I counted nine pairs.

I’m honored and proud to feature The Homesick Texan in this occasional photographic series called “Food Moment.”


Filed under food bloggers, New York City, photography, Texas

23 Responses to Food Moment: Homesick Texan at her Chelsea apartment in New York City

  1. what a fantastic portrait! This makes me so happy and I love that smile. two of my favorite people together, it’s toooooo much!

  2. Only you could make me and my boots look so good! Thank you–what a blast and an honor it was to have you shoot this portrait. You’re welcome back anytime!

  3. K

    I love the idea for this series and I really hope you continue it. What a unique idea! Also: LOVE Lisa, and her blog, and her boots, and her Buster. :D

  4. What a beautiful picture. The lighting and placement of the cowboy boots, perfection!

  5. Great photo! Can’t wait to see more of this series.

  6. What a great photo of Lisa. I only know her online, but I’m looking forward to meeting her in September!

  7. Lisa – it’s wonderful to see you in your home environment. You and Buster look completely serene, surrounded by your books and boots. And Penny captures it all so beautifully.

  8. wow, lisa looks lovely!! what a great shot of her (and buster!).

  9. thecosmiccowgirl

    what a sweet photo. reflects her personality beautifully. and those BOOTS, my god!

  10. What a great idea for a portrait series, Penny! And I’m so happy to see Lisa as the first one- I’ve been loving her blog for a couple of years now. I can’t think of anyone else who could inspire me to want to make lard. :-)

  11. tastyeatsathome

    Great photo! So many boots! I guess I am ashamed to consider myself a Texan when compared to Lisa…I only have one pair! Awesome that she takes her photos in the bedroom!

  12. Weston

    A follower of Homesick Texan, it was a treat to see Lisa Fain in her digs in the company of her boots and journals. An excellent first choice, a well done portrait.

  13. Janet Fain

    I would LOVE to get my hands on a copy of this pic!!! It’s just beautiful! We’re SO proud of you Lisa! :)

  14. What a great shot, Penny! I can’t wait to see how your project goes.

  15. Sandi Pantalon

    Hi Lisa:

    Bubba and Janet are my two oldest childrens’ uncle and aunt.

    I’ve read your tweets on Twitter and I think I have added myself as one of your followers. If not, I will now.

    I’ve bookmarked your blog. Very nice design :)

  16. This is such a fabulous idea for a series! And I couldn’t imagine anybody better to start with than everyone’s favorite Homesick Texan. She has been an inspiration to me since I began blogging. Every blogger should have Homesick Texan in their reader.

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  18. Great to see Lisa here and I loved the Texas issue photos. Looking forward to seeing more portraits!

  19. gabriellemarielopez

    Looooove the boots. What a truly impressive collection. You put me to shame I don’t even own a pair!

  20. i always visit food blogs because i always like to do some home cooked meals ~`,

  21. joan

    Tried six of your recipes, all excellent with great flavor. Ninfa’s green sauce is a definite reminder of my Houston, Texas roots. Thanks Lisa for great recipes

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