Cookbooks I Love – Just Sharing Some of My Favorites!


sweetness-small-2d-new-coverSweetness 
– Christy Jordan

Celebrate the sweet spirit and taste of Southern hospitality with Christy Jordan, the voice of Southern cooking for a new generation. Sweetness is a memory made in our grandmother’s kitchen. Sweetness is nights on the porch, listening to the old stories. Sweetness is welcoming guests with an open heart. And food: sustaining those same guests with Peach Buttermilk Pie. Greeting the kids and their friends after school with Chocolate Chip Dream Bars. Sitting in the shade with neighbors and cooling down with Blushing Apple Juleps. (Pour some for the little ones, too—there’s no alcohol.) Or ending dinner on the high note of a Chocolate Chess Pie, because you always need a little something sweet to finish it off, whether a meal or a day.

In Sweetness, Christy Jordan shares 197 recipes for sweet things to eat and drink—recipes that are deeply delicious, rich with tradition, often reaching through generations, and designed with today’s hectic schedules in mind. Because life is just better when you add a little sweetness.  Get it!

kixbrooksCookin’ It with Kix – Kix Brooks

Cookin’ It with Kix by country music icon and radio/TV host Kix Brooks showcases and highlights the All-American pastime of celebration and cooking outdoors for family and friends. With his Southern sense of humor and good-natured personality, Kix breaks down the art of a perfect steak or chop, the proper Southern side dishes, and amazing desserts and drinks that will make your mouth water and your stomach smile. With easy-to-understand recipes, Kix Tips, and tons of ideas, his Louisiana heritage shines through as he shares some of his treasured family recipes and the stories behind them.  Get it!

countrycookingredneckkitchenCountry Cooking from a Redneck Kitchen – Francine Bryson

Few people know that national pie champion Francine Bryson got her start on the cooking contest circuit at age sixteen with a savory stuffed pork loin—that won first place. In Country Cooking from a Redneck Kitchen, Francine invites you into her home to share recipes for everything that graces her Southern table: chicken dinners, savory pies, Sunday suppers to serve the preacher, make-and-take casseroles, dips and other redneck whatnots, backyard barbecue favorites—and, of course, three chapters devoted to her celebrated baked goods, including her most-requested holiday sweets. Feeding people is what Francine loves to do, and here are simple instructions for 125 dishes with 60 color photographs to help you to bring her Southern charm to your table. Get it!

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LuLu’s Kitchen – Lucy Buffett

LULU’S KITCHEN is Lucy Buffett’s culinary guide to classic Southern coastal cuisine and is packed with more than 120 signature recipes from her famous Gulf Coast restaurant, LuLu’s, and LULU’S KITCHEN is the next best thing to being there. Tucked inside are humorous stories and plenty of wit and wisdom from Lucy’s own kitchen. The book features party menus, Buffett family favorites, and lots of telling it like it is. Recipes include soul-satisfying delights like West Indies Salad, Heavenly Fried Crab Claws, Garlic Cheese Grits, and Silver Queen Succotash-not to mention a whole chapter of specialty cocktails that will have you daydreaming of cold margaritas and warm sand between your toes. Get it!

Quick-Shop-&-Prep 5 Ingredient Baking  Jennifer McHenry

There’s no denying that freshly baked homemade treats are the best, but these days it can be hard to find new recipes that don’t take all day to make and don’t have long lists of specialty ingredients. Who has the time or money? Quick-Shop-&-Prep 5 Ingredient Baking has the answer with 80 incredible new and easy desserts. With only a 5-minute shopping trip and a few simple steps, you’ll have a warm, delicious homemade goody to share with family and friends. Get it!

Grandbaby Cakes – Jocelyn Delk Adams

This debut book by blogging friend Jocelyn Delk Adams is filled with family stories and time-honored recipes!  If you’re passionate about baking or want to be, this is a great addition to your collection.  “Not only will home bakers be able to make staples like yellow cake and icebox cake exactly how their grandmothers did, but they’ll also be preparing impressive innovations, like the Pineapple Upside-Down Hummingbird Pound Cake and the Fig-Brown Sugar Cake. Grandbaby Cakes is a collection for both new-aged and traditional bakers, but mostly it’s for anyone who wants a fresh, modern take on classic recipes as well as cakes full of heart and soul.”  Get it!

Farming FeedsFarming Feeds Alabama

The more than 200 recipes and exquisite food photography highlight innovative and traditional Southern flavors. Cooks can get creative with recipes like Catfish Fajitas from the Greene County kitchen of Judy Spree and Goat Stew from Lauderdale County farmer Charlie Thompson. Farmers market shoppers can use their purchased produce to make Coconut Sweet Potato Casserole, a recipe from Cleburne County’s Annie Lou Harris, or Blueberry Granola Bars from Talladega County farmer Teresa Craft.  Get it!

 Biscuits – Jackie Garvin

I love seeing my blogging buddies come out with their books!  This one from my pal Jackie over at Syrup and Biscuits is just what you’d expect from the title – filled with delicious biscuit recipes!  “Rich in Southern history, as well as touching family memories, Biscuits presents a collection of more than seventy recipes including raspberry biscuit pudding with vanilla ice cream sauce, ham biscuits with honey mustard butter, loaded baked potato biscuits, and spicy pimento cheese bites. ”  Get it!

South Your Mouth – Mandy Rivers

Whether its Baked Pimento Cheese or Fried Pork Chops with Country Gravy, Southern-Style Collard Greens or Mama’s Cornbread Dressing, the 200 recipes in this book are all kitchen-tested and family-approved! South Your Mouth is a celebration of Mandy’s irresistible southern recipes, as well as her secrets for turning a so-so recipe into a SO AH-MAZ-ING! dish you’ll be proud to serve. Her down-to-earth recipes and easy-going southern style will have you cooking and laughing at the same time! It’s time to South Your Mouth, y’all! Delicious, down-home southern cooking has never tasted so good!  Get it!

The Southern Pantry Cookbook – Jennifer Chandler

Nothing can discourage a home cook quite like being unprepared―running to the store for that one item, getting halfway through a recipe and realizing something is missing, or simply not knowing quite where to begin. Kitchen pro and popular cookbook author Jennifer Chandler returns with The Southern Pantry Cookbook, a fail-safe game plan for ensuring mealtime success.  Get it!

 

Come Home to Supper – Christy Jordan

Conceived and written to reflect the reality of today’s hectic schedules―and the need to gather around the dinner table―Come Home to Supper offers more than 200 deeply satisfying dishes that are budget-minded, kid-friendly, and quick. These are the everyday meals that Christy Jordan most loves to cook, and her family most loves to eat, and she serves them up with generous helpings of her folksy wisdom, gratitude, and lively stories.  Get it!

 

The Southern Slow Cooker Bible – Tammy Algood

This collection shows you how easy it can be to savor the flavors of those classic Southern recipes your whole family has long adored. Discover new ways to do Chicken and Dumplings or Squash Casserole, and enjoy the extra time you gain by making Andouille Sausage Gumbo the easy way. If you’re looking for a moist and delicious dessert with a kick of Southern charm, the Sorghum Spiced Spoon Cake is the perfect pick. Need a knockout side dish to round out your next cookout? What could possibly be more Southern than Macaroni and Pimiento Cheese? Get it!

The Loving Kitchen – LeAnn Rice

You know the feeling you get when you’re an overnight guest in someone’s home, and you awaken to a hot-off-the-griddle breakfast? Or when a coworker brings in a pan of her famous brownies to celebrate your recent promotion? Doesn’t it feel great when dinner at the neighbors’ house includes multiple courses of scratch-made recipes and conversation that lingers beyond dessert and that last cup of coffee?

For many of us, these are the moments in which we feel most loved. That’s the idea behind The Loving Kitchen. Get your family’s day started right with LeAnn’s fluffy Pumpkin Spice Pancakes, or a bowl of Almond Coconut Granola and yogurt. Keep your favorite sports fans fueled through the entire game with hearty servings of Hot Sausage and Spinach Dip, or toss together a Grilled Chicken and Berry Salad for lunch with your dearest girlfriends.  Get it!