Here's a gift for the foodie on your holiday gift list: "Texas Slow Cooker: 125 Recipes for the Lone Star State's Very Best Dishes, All Slow-Cooked to Perfection" by Cheryl Alters Jamison. The award-winning cook has two book signings at Hooked on Books, 10 E. Bijou St., 3 to 7 p.m. Friday and 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. Sunday. Details: 419-7660, hookedonbooksco.com.
New York Times best-selling author and entrepreneur Lewis Howes also hosts "The School of Greatness," a talk show distributed as a leadership and personal development podcast. I can't get enough of his stellar list of guests, including Esther Perel, Tony Robbins, Danielle LaPorte, Brene Brown and Rob Bell. He's adroit at asking introspective questions that elicit thoughtful answers. It's available online at lewishowes.com and through iTunes and other podcast apps.