Toni Tipton-Martin is a food and nutrition journalist and author whose latest book, Jubilee: Recipes From Two Centuries of African American Cooking, features a recipe for Baked (Barbecued) Beans that we spotlighted in May. She adds to her long list of accolades this month when she receives the Julia Child Award, which honors those who have made a significant difference in the way Americans cook, eat and drink.
Tipton-Martin plans to use her award, a $50,000 grant, to mentor the next generation of food writers.
Farming Goes Electric
Monarch Tractor plans to begin shipping its first-of-its-kind fully electric, driver-optional tractor this fall.
The California-based company claims the machines will be able to run 10 hours on a full battery, recognize humans and livestock that may get in the way, and even be programmed to follow a human.
The Monarch will start at $58,000.
Electric co-ops power 56% of the United States’ landmass, including most of Texas.
First Lady’s Milestone
Laura Bush, former first lady of Texas and the U.S., turns 75 on November 4. Before marrying George W. Bush, she taught in public schools in Dallas, Houston and Austin and worked as a school librarian. Laura Bush was born in 1946 in Midland. She’s also one of the founders of Texan by Nature, which promotes conservation of the state’s natural resources.
Don’t let National Sandwich Day, November 3, catch you empty-handed. You’ll find dozens of sandwich recipes on our Food page.
A Broadcasting Victory
The first live play-by-play broadcast of a college football game in Texas occurred 100 years ago in College Station, a scoreless tie between Texas A&M University and the University of Texas.
To pull it off November 24, 1921, radio station 5XB—later WTAW (Watch The Aggies Win)—ran lines from the Kyle Field press box to a transmitter at Bolton Hall and borrowed equipment from the Corps of Cadets Signal Corps.