Chloe Flavor

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Coscarelli, Chloe. Chloe Flavor: Saucy, Crispy, Spicy, Vegan. New York, NY: Clarkson Potter/ Publishing. 2018.

SUMMARY:
As the first vegan chef to take the coveted top prize on Food Network’s Cupcake Wars, author, chef and entrepreneur Chloe Coscarelli¬† serves ups delicious, vegan, spicy, saucy and crispy recipes in her newest cookbook, Chloe Flavor. Beginning with an introduction of commonly used vegan ingredients, this stunning cookbook also includes recipes for breakfast, snacks, sides, soups, salads, sandwiches, bowls, drinks, and of course, dessert. Filled with gorgeous photography of each dish, personal testimonies and stories add to this impressive new cookbook.

A PENNY FOR MY THOUGHTS:
Wow! Visually beautiful and appetizingly delicious, Chloe Flavor is now one of my very favorite and savored cookbooks. Personally trying to follow the healthy lifestyle more closely, I truly never thought vegan could be so enjoyably tasty! With a few family favorites already from this book, Fiesta Taco Bowl, Cranberry Sauce, and Firehouse Chili with Corn Muffins are some of the most favored. An easy, doable and inviting introduction to healthy vegan menus, I highly recommend this remarkably delicious cookbook.

RATING:
5+ (out of 5) pennies

*I received a complimentary copy of Chloe Flavor from Blogging For Books for my honest review*

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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

Supermarket Healthy

D’Arabian, Melissa. Supermarket Healthy: Recipes and Know-How for Eating Well Without Spending a Lot. New York, NY: Clarkson Potter/ Publishers. 2014.

SUMMARY:
healthyFood Network star, Melissa D’Arabian, not only knows how to cook healthy but also how to shop cost-effectively. With affordable and easy recipes, Melissa D’Arabian utilizes items in most home pantries, healthy options found (on sale) in most stores, and new wholesome ideas for common fare. With prep time, cooking time, pictures and nutritional values included, Supermarket Healthy makes dinner a hearty, healthy snap.

A PENNY FOR MY THOUGHTS:
As a fan of Melissa D’Arabian and Food Network, I was excited to read and review her new cookbook. Having most of the items on-hand already while substituting easily for those I did not (or chose not to include), I found this book easy to use and follow. Breakfast, snacks, soups, veggies, pasta, seafood, meat, sides and desserts were all included in very attainable recipes. I especially enjoyed the added personal thoughts introducing each recipe along with the extra information scattered throughout (making soups kid-friendly, should you salt eggplant). After-all, who doesn’t want to eat healthy while saving money?

RATING:
5 (out of 5) pennies

*I received a complimentary copy of Supermarket Healthy from Blogging for Books for my honest review*