Cookbook Reviews

Cookbook reviews of today's cookbooks showing what I made and what I think of the recipes.

  • Photo of Chicken-Fried Steak Fingers with gravy on a white plate
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    The Pioneer Woman Cooks Super Easy!

    “For those times when you’re looking for a simpler, easier approach for your everyday cooking (and eating), I hope you enjoy this super-fun cookbook…and the super-easy recipes within these pages,” Ree Drummond. I have always been a huge fan of The Pioneer Woman. Her cookbooks have given me delicious recipes for dinners that I make on a regular basis. The Pioneer Woman Cooks Super Easy! is another great cookbook. Recipes in the cookbook are easy to follow with most ingredients being things you have in your kitchen. Anyone will be able to find a recipe in The Pioneer Woman Cooks Super Easy! that they will love. The recipes are things that most of…

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    The Wicked Baker: Cakes and Treats to Die For

    “Most of the baking projects in this book have a spooky decorative touch, but not all. There are recipes for all skill levels, from simple cookies to an elaborate four-layer haunted tree cake,” Helena Garcia. Before the fire one of my friends gifted me The Wicked Baker: Cakes and Treats to Die For and I was really bummed it got destroyed. I knew I had to purchase it again and make some of these fun desserts. The recipes in the book are well written and I love seeing all of the photos of the finished desserts.

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    The Easy Halloween Cookbook 2021

    “Easy, delicious, horrifying and spooky, desserts, cookies, candy, drinks, appetizers, breakfast, lunch and dinner recipes for kids and adults,” Lenora Sawyer. I am a sucker for fun Halloween treats. Sometimes the recipes are super complicated and take way too much time. Luckily, I stumbled upon The Easy Halloween Cookbook 2021 which has recipes that are super quick and easy. Your kids could help with most of the recipes and although they may make a mess they will definitely have fun. Plus the recipes are really delicious and not ones I had seen before. Making Halloween treats should be something fun and not so draining that you dread the holiday. The recipes in The…

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    Flavor Pop

    “We make it our mission to find new ways to amp up the taste of meals and snacks while keeping SmartPoints surprisingly low. And it turns out there’s a hack for that: using what we call flavor boosters. These are ingredients that bring satisfying intentsity, richness, or texture – and often all three – anytime you cook with them,” WW Healthy Kitchen. The number one compliant I have with healthy meals is that a lot of the recipes lack flavor, well Flavor Pop from WW Healthy Kitchen doesn’t have that problem! They show you how to use flavor boosters to make great meals that you will enjoy eating.

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    Shaken: Drinking with James Bond and Ian Fleming

    “So take comfort as you raise the glass that it contains no ordinary drink. You have mixed a measure of Ian Fleming’s imagination,” Fergus Fleming. Martini’s are my favorite drinks. I have always been a huge fan of James Bond and have loved his references to fun drinks throughout the movies. I am always happy to try a new cocktail book and Shaken: Drinking with James Bond & Ian Fleming has great drinks in it. The variety of recipes it offers over many different categories allow you to make something new and different. The categories include Straight Up, On the Rocks, Tall, Fizzy and Exotic. No matter what mood you are in you…

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    Bobby Flay’s Throwdown!

    “Throwdown…It sounds like a brutal death match between two wrestlers or an Ultimate Fighting Championship cage fight. But in fact, a Throwdown is a friendly surprise competition and the best part about it is the ending, when we all get to eat some seriously delicious food,” Bobby Flay. I love Bobby Flay’s Throwdown, it is such a fun show to watch even now you always learn something from the show. Recently a friend lent me some of her cookbooks and I was so intrigued by Bobby Flay’s Throwdown! cookbook. It gives you Bobby’s recipe and the recipe from the competitor – it also tells you who won the competition. I couldn’t wait to…

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    Game-Day Eats: 100 Recipes for Homegating Like A Pro

    “This book focuses on 100 of my absolute favorite, all-star recipes that are fit for any homegate or gathering. These recipes will allow you to focus on all of the essentials – eating, drinking, and spending time with friends-all while watching a good game,” Eddie Jackson. I grew up in Georgia and football is such a big part of life there. Over the years I can’t even count how many college football games I have seen. One of the most important things for the games is to have the best food for you and your guests. Game-Day Eats gives you the recipes to have an incredible spread of food for everyone. I first…

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    À Table

    “However you say it, À Table is about gathering over food and drink, coaxing the fantastical from the real, and unabashedly sharing it with your people,” Rebekah Peppler. It’s not a secret that I am a self proclaimed Francophile, so I am always on the lookout for my next favorite French cookbook. A lot of home chefs are scared of making French food worrying that the recipes are too complicated or that they won’t be able to find the ingredients. I have found that with the newer French cookbooks that you don’t really run into any of those problems. À Table offers a slew of recipes with simple instructions to make your next…

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    Rocco’s Healthy + Delicious

    “I’ve dedicated my life to proving that healthy and delicious are not mutually exclusive concepts. Contrary to popular belief, you don’t have to sacrifice flavor to eat well. You can be healthy, lose weight, and still enjoy amazing food all day long,” Rocco Dispirito. I have always been a big fan of Rocco Dispirito. One of my favorite dishes to make is a chicken cordon bleu from his cookbook Now Eat This!. I have always found his healthier recipes to be really easy to follow and delicious. Rocco’s Healthy & Delicious: More than 200 (Mostly) Plant-Based Recipes for Everyday Life delivers more of those mouth watering healthy recipes. I picked two recipes that…

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    The Ultimate Meal Prep Cookbook

    “With the constant schedule juggling that we all do, meal planning and meal prep are invaluable skills to master if you want to avoid eating takeout every night,” America’s Test Kitchen. When I first saw The Ultimate Meal Prep Cookbook I was really intrigued by it’s promise of “one grocery list, one week of meals and no waste.” We all want to make our grocery shopping and meal planning easier so we know what’s for dinner. I have been meal planning for a really long time and find when I don’t that my eating tends to be a little strange. Some nights if I am on my own I will just eat cereal.…