Tuesday, May 27, 2014
The Loving Kitchen by LeAnn Rice
The Loving Kitchen: Downright Delicious Southern Recipes to Share With Family, Friends, and Neighbors by LeAnn Rice, Thomas Nelson Books, paperback.
"The kitchen table is a place where memories are made and cherished for years to come. It's a place to connect with those we love - to encourage and support one another and to celebrate the many blessings in our lives. Gathering around the table provides the opportunity to share life with those we hold dear."
So writes the author LeAnn Rice in the introduction, setting the tone for the cookbook which encourages readers to not make food that is complicated but rather to prepare meals that extends love to family and friends.
The recipes themselves are simple enough for any home cook to prepare and are both family and company friendly. It is a complete collection of recipes that includes breakfast dishes, breads, salads, soups, sandwiches, main entrees, side dishes, and desserts. The recipes I was able to try so far with good results included the Italian Meatloaf and Split-Pea Soup. I have several others bookmarked such as the Southern-Style Beef Tips Over Rice, Cheese Overload Macaroni and Cheese, and Caramel Apple Crisp. The recipes have common ingredients that can be found at any grocery store, which I appreciate. If I have to hunt for ingredients that aren't easily found locally, I'm not likely to make the recipe.
There are plenty of photos included which is always a plus, although some of the photography is amateurish and makes the food look less appealing than if a professional did the photos. But that said, including some photos is better than none and the good recipes make it worth having. The personal notes by the author about the stories behind some of the recipes, or her suggestions are good and lend themselves to the homey feel of the book.
Overall I did like this cookbook. It is one I can see myself using on a regular basis as well as giving it as a gift.