A New Way To Dinner

Hesser, Amanda. Stubbs, Merrill. Food 52: A New Way To Dinner: A Playbook of Recipes and Strategies for the Week Ahead. New York, USA: Ten Speed Press. 2016.

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SUMMARY:
With busyness surrounding us everywhere, everyone could use some help…especially when it comes to dinner. Authors and co-founders of Food 52, Amanda Hesser and Merrill Stubbs, set up dinner for each week with seasonal favorites, a grocery list, full weekday meals, complete recipes and accompanying photographs. With the premise of making a week full of meals on the weekend before, there are also informational tidbits, personal stories, additional recipes for the included ingredients and cooking helps. Printed on sturdier paper in a well organized manner, A New Way To Dinner may make life a bit easier and definitely more delicious…

A PENNY FOR MY THOUGHTS:
What a useful cookbook! With fresh recipes according to seasons, Food 52: A New Way To Dinner is a beautiful book sharing the necessities of cooking for the week on Sundays. Following the full menus is easy with creative recipes full of inventive recipes yet common fare. Perfect for busy families, traveling couples or retired seniors, it would make a wonderful gift as well as kept for personal use. Ease and innovation paired.

RATING:
4.5 (out of 5) pennies

*I received a complimentary copy of A New Way To Dinner from Blogging For Books for my honest review*

Modern Potluck

Donnelly, Kristin. Modern Potluck: Beautiful Food To Share. New York, USA: Clarkson Potter/ Publishers. 2016.

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SUMMARY:
Certainly not your typical church-potluck cookbook, Modern Potluck brings the potluck supper current. With a modern trend toward sustainability, more vegetable and plant-based items in meals, and an open inclusion of food from around the world, food writer and recipe developer, Kristin Donnelly, shares her contemporary reinvention of the potluck supper. Included with the recipe instructions, there are also hints and tips, accompanying photographs, and personal briefings on each recipe. From snacks, dips and drinks, to salads, main dishes and sides, the recipes and ingredients span slow-cooked meals, casseroles, sauces, and of course, sweets.

A PENNY FOR MY THOUGHTS:
As the modern manner of eating changes, so too, must the cookbooks. As a result, author Krisitn Donnelly takes the stereotypic potluck suppers into the present stage of cooking. With added vegetables, less processed foods, creative ingredients, additional seasonings as well as family friendly options with ease, Modern Potluck looks and cooks differently. Allowing for special-diet options (gluten-free, vegan, low sodium), these recipes are easily adaptable to any lifestyle, needs and preferences. Favorites recipes? Green Things and Potato Salad (potatoes, asparagus, and sugar-snap peas in lemon sauce) and Sweet-Spicy-Salty Snack Mix (popcorn, rice cakes, pumpkins seeds and sunflower seeds in a delicious sauce). Absolutely a book I will use often and recommend.

RATING:
4.5 (out of 5) pennies

*I received a complimentary copy of Modern Cookbook from Blogging For Books for my honest review*

The Pioneer Woman Cooks A Year Of Holidays

Drummond, Ree. The Pioneer Woman Cooks A Year Of Holidays. New York, NY: HarperCollins Publishers. 2103.

SUMMARY:
reedrummondholidaysNew Year’s, Cinco De Mayo, Fourth of July, Easter…all special holidays which deserve extraordinary fare. Dinners, treats, snacks, and drinks for those memorable occasions are included in Ree Drummond’s new cookbook. With her usual hearty recipes, step-by-step directions, gorgeous self-taken photographs and user friendly layout, The pioneer Woman Cooks A Year Of Holidays is a visual delight as well as a recipe bonanza. Some basic, others more classic and yet still more with a bit of pizzazz, the included recipes are delicious, fun, and unforgettable.

A PENNY FOR MY THOUGHTS:
Yet again, I absolutely love Ree Drummond and her cookbooks. Beautiful, useful, straight-forward and filled with hearty recipes, this is one of my favorites. Easy to substitute as needed, serve in large quantities, and satisfy even the pickiest, this book is perfect as a gift, personal use or to share with friends and family. As a Pioneer Woman fan already, I knew I would enjoy this book fully. Wonderful!

RATING:
5 (out of 5) pennies

The Pioneer Woman Cooks Dinnertime

Drummond, Ree. The Pioneer Woman Cooks Dinnertime: Countless Classics, Freezer Food, 16-Minute Meals, And Other Delicious Ways To Solve Supper! USA: William Morrow/ Harper Collins Publisher. 2015.

SUMMARY:
reedrummonddinnertimeHearty, down-home, delicious cooking from a trusted chef…Ree Drummond. With easily attainable suppers, including sides and desserts, The Pioneer Woman Cooks Dinnertime makes it simple yet scrumptious. With full-color, beautiful pictures accompanying each recipe (most taken by Ree Drummond herself), the steps are outlined in such an uncomplicated way with even more pictures along the way. Scattered with family pictures (kids, cattle, dogs, ranch), this cookbook is sure to please…

A PENNY FOR MY THOUGHTS:
As a Christmas present to myself, I have to say I picked well…very well. I absolutely love the recipes, easy yet simple to modify (if needed- ingredients, quantity), the gorgeous photographs, as well as already knowing Ree Drummond through her Food Network show: The Pioneer Woman. The set up of this cookbook is time-saving, perfect for beginners, advanced enough to adjust for more experienced cooks, yet full of appetizing, savory and heart-made dinners. I loved the recipes along with getting to know Ree just a bit better…the perfect gift, if I don’t say so myself!!

RATING:
5 (out of 5) pennies