Book Review: Trisha’s Kitchen

It’s been a while since I reviewed a cookbook. This latest by Trisha Yearwood is really well done and contains a lot of recipes I want to try. I especially loved the family stories that accompanied each recipe.

This is a fabulous cookbook full of original recipes from the multi-talented Trisha Yearwood. The Foreward by her husband Garth Brooks is a treasure, and the recipes are an amazing collection that include just everything under the sun. There’s even a “Veggie Night” section with an amazing recipe for homemade vegetable stock that everyone needs to try.

The desserts are amazing! Potato Chip Bacon Brownies? Hello! Hundred dollar cupcakes are accompanied by a sweet family story.. Princess Cake looks absolutely intriguing.

There is a Preserves, Pickles, Sauces, and Spreads section which includes Chocolate Gravy and Beth’s Peach Preserves. The Breads section includes biscuits, crackers, and yeast bread. Every single recipe in the Chicken, Turkey, and Fish Section looks intriguing. The Beef and Pork Section includes The Party Burger.

I could go on and on. The stories behind each recipe are intriguing and the photos are absolutely gorgeous. This is a must have for anyone who wants to create amazing food served by a friendly host who gives us a glimpse into her life.

I received a free, temporary digital copy of this book from the publishers via Netgalley. However, I also purchased a hardcover copy for myself. This one is not to be missed. My review is voluntary and my opinions are my own. 

ABOUT THE AUTHOR

Trisha Yearwood

Trisha Yearwood’s spirit shines just as brightly in her cooking as it does in her music. Between receiving numerous GRAMMY®, CMA® and ACM® Awards as a country star, the singer, actress, author, chef, and entrepreneur has delivered three New York Times Bestselling cookbooks. Her hit Food Network series Trisha’s Southern Kitchen garnered an EMMY® Award in the category of “Outstanding Culinary Show.” Now, she unveils what might be her most personal cookbook yet, Trisha’s Kitchen: Easy Comfort Food for Friends and Family, collecting 125 comfort food recipes peppered with family stories and photos.

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Self-Published Saturday: September 4, 2021/Pescatarian Crockpot Cookbook

It’s Self-Published Saturday, the day I share books from self-published authors in order to help them spread the word and make their job a little easier. We’re starting off with a cookbook today! Pescatarian Crockpot Cookbook by Martha D’Angelo shares information about the Pescatarian Diet along with some delicious recipes.

Pescatarian Crockpot Cookbook makes the Pescatarian diet easier for those of us who are busy, but still want to eat healthier. The book begins with an explanation of the Pescatarian diet, which is basically a vegetarian diet with fish added, and talks about the health benefits of eating fish. The recipes are all done in the crockpot and are divided into Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner, Appetizer, and Desserts.

What I Liked: I know the benefits of eating fish, and I like the fact that busy people can load up their crockpot with some of these recipes and go on about their day, knowing they have a healthy meal waiting. Some of the recipes do require a few steps, so you have to go back and visit the crockpot more than once. The Caribbean Shrimp and Rice, Cheesy Shrimp and Grits, and Shrimp Curry all look delicious and caught my eye. The poached salmon is a perfect entree that is easy to prepare. The added bonus is that the poaching liquid can be used as fish stock in other recipes. The Italian Fish Stew with Shrimp, Cod, vegetables, and tomato sauce looks delicious and comforting. The Cajun Shrimp is a perfect spicy rice dish to have waiting when you get home. All you have to do is add the shrimp for 15 minutes at the end. Most of the recipes use salmon, shrimp, or tuna, which make it more affordable, but there are some other seafood options in the cookbook as well.

Room for Improvement: Every recipe does not have a picture, and pictures are a must for me in cookbooks. I really wanted to see a picture of Seafood Chili, which is new to me, but no picture was included. Some or all of the photos that are in the book may be stock photos, in my opinion. The picture of the Cioppino, for example, has mussels on top even though no mussels are mentioned in the recipe. High quality pictures of the actual food prepared can really take a cookbook to the next level, and it’s helpful for those preparing the food to see what it is actually supposed to look like. The Shrimp and Grits recipe under the Breakfast Section is listed twice. Although one recipe is called Shrimp and Grits, and the other is Cheesy Shrimp and Grits, they both contain cheese, but are not exactly alike. They are far apart from each other in the Breakfast Section. I would suggest putting them next to each other and explaining that there are two variations of Shrimp and Grits in order to eliminate confusion.

Three and a half stars, rounded up to four on sites without a half-star option.

Overall, I enjoyed this cookbook and I like the idea of adapting healthy but tasty meals to the crockpot. Readers will benefit from these easy and beneficial recipes. An added plus is that the book can be downloaded for free by Kindle Unlimited Subscribers.

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The Kitchen Front

BOOK REVIEW

The Kitchen Front is a wonderful book which feels like a World War II based combination of Downton Abbey and the Great British Baking Show. In Fenley Village, England, 1942, Ambrose Hart is reluctantly looking for a radio cohost. His bosses have decided they want a local woman who can help listeners find the best uses for their food rations. A cooking contest begins, and the winner will be Ambrose’s co-host on The Kitchen Front radio show. The four contestants are Audrey, who is trying to raise three sons and wallowing in a mountain of debt, Nell, a kitchen maid who is tired of her poor treatment, Lady Gwendoline Strickland, the haughty grand lady of the manor, who is both Nell’s boss and Audrey’s sister, and Zelda Dupont, an English girl turned London-based French chef who has been forced to cook in a British factory and is not happy about it. As the show progresses, each woman’s life begins to change forever.

I immediately connected with the characters and the story. The “upstairs/downstairs,” “Downton Abbey” type relationship is demonstrated by Lady Gwendoline, Sir Strickland, and their cooks and other staff. The radio show cooking contest reminds me of a World War II radio version of the Great British Baking Show. For the contest, each contestant has to provide a starter, a main dish, and a dessert, all on different episodes of the show. All of the recipes for the contest, plus others mentioned in the story, are included in the book. We are given a window into each contestant’s life, both before and during the contest. Audrey is a grieving war widow. Gwendoline is a neglected wife of a strict and domineering nobleman. Zelda is pregnant and abandoned by the child’s father, and Nell is a young girl who wants to get out of the bonds of service. Interesting tidbits about food and history are included, such as why British sausages are called “bangers,” and how some villagers would run to “Anderson shelters,” to escape the bombings. We even get a little education on World War II era planes. I enjoyed every minute of this book, read it in one day, and will read it again. 

If you love cooking and cooking shows, World War II fiction, and strong female characters, you will enjoy this book.

The Kitchen Front will be released on February 23, 2021. I highly recommend it.

I received a free copy of this book from Random House Publishing Group via Netgalley. My review is voluntary.

ABOUT THE AUTHOR

Jennifer Ryan

Jennifer Ryan is the author of National Bestseller THE CHILBURY LADIES’ CHOIR, THE SPIES OF SHILLING LANE, and THE KITCHEN FRONT. Her writing has featured in Literary Hub, Moms Don’t Have Time to Write, The Daily Mail, The Irish Times, The Express, BBC Online, YOU Magazine, The Simple Things Magazine, and Good Reading Magazine. Previously a book editor with The Economist, DK, and the BBC, she moved from London to Washington, DC after marrying, and she now lives in Northern Virginia with her husband and two children. Her novels are inspired by her grandmother’s tales of the war in Britain.

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Vegetable Simple

Vegetable simple is a lovely cookbook with gorgeous pictures that provides recipes for vegetables that can be done often in the simplest and freshest ways. My favorite so far is the romaine caesar gratin, where you actually broil the parmesan on the top of the romaine before serving. Ingenious idea. I also want to try the Vidalia Onion Risotto and Vegetable Lasagna. In the summer when garden tomatoes are available I plan to try Tomato Croque Sel.

There are a few recipes that are not as simple as the title implies, but overall this book uses recipes with fresh ingredients and simple methods to help you prepare wonderful and healthy food.

I received a free advance review digital copy of this book from Random House via Netgalley. My review is voluntary.

This book will be released April 20, 2021.

ABOUT THE AUTHOR

Eric Ripert is the chef and co-owner of the New York restaurant Le Bernardin, which holds three Michelin stars and has maintained a four-star rating from The New York Times for more than two decades. He is vice chairman of the board of City Harvest, a New York-based food rescue organization, as well as a recipient of the Legion d’Honneur, France’s highest honor. He serves as a regular guest judge on Bravo’s Top Chef and is the host of his own TV series, Avec Eric, which has won Emmy and James Beard awards. Ripert is the author of five cookbooks—My Best: Eric RipertAvec EricOn the LineA Return to Cooking, and Le Bernardin: Four Star Simplicity—and a New York Times bestselling memoir, 32 Yolks.

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Gardening to Eat

Gardening to Eat: Connecting People and Plants by Becky Dickinson is such a helpful book for home gardeners who want to eat healthy. Part One talks about the basics of organic gardening. Part Two, Grow and Eat, is broken down by type of vegetable or fruit, and tells you how to plant it, grow it organically, and keep pests away, and then follows it up with recipes. For example, after walking the reader through the process of organically growing green beans, a recipe is immediately provided for Thai green bean curry. After the process of planting, growing, and protecting blueberries, recipes for Yogurt and Blueberry pancakes and blueberry cheesecake are provided. Garden to plate instructions for tomatoes, garlic, kale, leeks, onions, carrots, and a lot more are provided in this book.

I love the way this book is organized and is geared towards healthy growing and eating. From seed to plate, everything you need for healthy family gardening and eating is right here.

I received a free digital copy of this book from White Owl Publishing via Netgalley. However, as a home gardener who tries to eat healthy, I will be buying this book in hardcopy. My review is voluntary. This book will be released May 5, 2021.

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Plant Based Cookbook

Plant-Based Cookbook: 100 Delicious Recipes for a Healthy Life by Melissa Petitto is a gorgeous book filled with tempting plant-based recipes. It is divided into seasons, which I think is so important because it gives you a chance to use vegetables and fruits that are available and fresh in the current season.

The recipes I will be trying soon, as we are in between the Fall and Winter seasons, are the Fall Bean and Butternut Squash Minestrone, the Baked Apple Cider Donuts, and the Brussels Sprout, Apple, Turnip and Mandarin Slaw. There are many other tempting recipes for every season.

Each section includes a list of in-season vegetables and fruits. This book is all about using fresh, available, in-season fruits and vegetables to create delicious, plant-based meals. The photos are gorgeous and plentiful. The recipes are detailed and helpful. I recommend this book to anyone who follows a plant-based way of eating, plus anyone who wants to add more fruits and vegetables to their diet.

I received a free copy of this book from the publishers via Netgalley. My review is voluntary.

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Chasing Flavor

Chasing Flavor is an amazing cookbook by Dan Kluger that is true to its name and helps you get the absolute best flavor into your food. He starts with suggestions for pantry and kitchen equipment to help you make his recipes. He shows different techniques, such as how to cut and blanch vegetables, make pasta, and slice brisket. The cookbook is full of great ideas, such as adding pureed cauliflower to tomato soup so you get creaminess without dairy, or turning chicken nuggets into something insanely special by adding a maple chile glaze. 

Among the recipes I plan to try are Cashew Vinaigrette, Crushed Cucumbers with Yogurt and Chiles, Heirloom Tomato Panzanella with Parmesan Croutons, Whole Wheat Spaghetti with Fermented Chile Sauce, Grandma Pie, Raisin Stuffed Pork Loin, and Pan Roasted Chicken Breasts with Warm Potato Salad.

I received a free, temporary digital copy of this book from the publishers via Netgalley. My review is voluntary.

Clean Treats for Everyone

Today we have the first cookbook I’ve reviewed on this blog. Although I review a lot of fiction, I love to cook and I often review cookbooks, so you will see more of those occasionally, especially since the holidays are coming up. Below is my review of Clean Treats for Everyone. It uses natural ingredients to make delicious desserts. Release Date: October 6, 2020.

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I am really enjoying this dessert cookbook. I wouldn’t classify my diet in any particular group. I’m not totally vegan or vegetarian, although I eat many of those types of foods. I don’t really follow any named diet. I’m just someone who wants to try and eat a little better. This cookbook gives me treats that use natural ingredients so that when I do snack, it is in a healthier way.

I have just made the almond cranberry granola bars, which were delicious. The chocolate mug cake is next on my list, and then the lemon bars. However, I will be trying lots of recipes in this book. 

If you want some recipes for some sweet treats made in a healthier way, you will love this cookbook.

I received a free, temporary digital copy of this cookbook from the publishers via Netgalley. My review is voluntary.

Link to the Book on Amazon: https://www.amazon.com/Clean-Treats-Everyone-Desserts-Ingredients/dp/1592339646/ref=sr_1_1?dchild=1&keywords=clean+treats+for+everyone&qid=1601950441&sr=8-1

Link to the Author’s Amazon Page: https://www.amazon.com/Laura-Fuentes/e/B00IKUA23W/ref=dp_byline_cont_pop_book_1

Link to my Review on Goodreads: (Put a “Like” on it if you are so inclined): https://www.goodreads.com/review/show/3582398027?book_show_action=false&from_review_page=1