About this book: (from the publisher) 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.
Want a signature dinner you can serve on those special occasions? Stuffed Pork Tenderloin with Orange Cranberry Glaze with Creamy Smashed Baby Potatoes is the perfect meal to celebrate a milestone. LeAnn’s sunny narrative and ideas for bringing people together will remind you that the best meal you’ll ever cook is the one you prepare as an act of love.
About the author: (from the author herself) LeAnn Rice is a foodie, author, dishwasher, lover of dark chocolate, hater of lima beans, mom of Mancub, overworked and underappreciated servant of an ornery cat, shower singer of showtunes, and Nathan Fillion’s soulmate. (Sadly, he hasn’t yet been informed.) [editor's note: For more of such delightfulness, you'll want to check out LeAnn's charming blog, LeAnnCooks.org. Trust me, you will.]
Would I read this book, judged on its cover alone? Does a Southerner crave sweet tea?
Reminds me of… Bread & Wine: A Love Letter to Life Around the Table by Shauna Niequist for its similar focus on food as a gift and centerpiece of hospitality.
You’ll want to buy this book if … you are a Southern home-cookin’, comfort-food junkie.
Why did I read this book? As a BookLook Blogger, for Thomas Nelson for review.
Would I read another by this author? You bet, as well as her blog.
My take: What homemaker can resist a gorgeous cookbook that includes not only a wealth of DIY deliciousness but warm-hearted advice besides? Goodness knows, I can’t. Exhibit A: The Loving Kitchen in my hands.
If you’re looking for a cookbook that provides as much pleasure in the reading as it does in the eating, look no further. The author’s personality sparkles on every page, while full-color photographs of her food entice you to try. As she dispenses her wise and witty insights on the subject, LeAnn Rice fashions hospitality into an art.
My one caveat would be that this is not cookery for the faint of heart. While the cooking processes are simple enough (and well enough detailed for even the most beginner of cooks), most recipes employ more dirty dishes than I prefer (unless I know someone besides myself is cleaning up after ), and involve more calories (and cholesterol) too. Though I am a firm proponent of the “everything in moderation” philosophy, I would have a hard time adding these rich ingredients to my food on an everyday basis, as they tend to call for more butter, cream and cheese than you can shake a stick at.
Nonetheless, it’s a beautiful book. Know anyone getting married this summer or moving into a new house? Would make a lovely bridal or housewarming gift.
Thanks to BookLook for providing me a free copy to review. All opinions are mine.
End notes: While we’re on the subject of cooking, I’m curious: Are you a clean-up-as-you-go kind of cook, or create-a-pile-and-wash-it-after? Me? I fall somewhere in the middle, and I’m also a lucky gal: I have a husband not afraid to pitch in and make things spotless again once all the guest go home.