Friday, January 24, 2014

Review of Come Home to Supper by Christy Jordan

*I received a eBook copy of this cookbook in exchange for an honest review from Workman Publishing/Netgalley*

I was very excited to receive a copy of this cookbook because I love easy to make recipes that can be adapted to the slow cooker and this looked to be right up my alley. However, I was a little disappointed. There were not a lot of recipes in this one that jumped out at me. I actually had to go through the book a couple of times before I found the ones that I wanted to try out. There's a lot of opening cans and the recipes didn't seem overly inventive. I don't want to imply that  I am opposed to taking help where you can from a can, but if I am going to do that it is just as easy to get those types of recipes from the internet and not have to pay for them. I did try the Chicken Tortilla soup and it was very good and I will be sharing how it turned out on the blog. I am also going to make the Italian Beef sandwiches just because I have never used a jar gravy and I want to see how that will work in the slow cooker. I am sorry to say that this wasn't a home run for me, but it is reasonably priced for a cookbook and if you enjoy recipes where you get a lot of help from prepackaged products from the grocery store and would like them all in one place in book form this may be one worth looking at. 


It’s a heartfelt celebration of family dinners—the comforting, delicious food that memories are made of—by the new doyenne of Southern cooking. Christy Jordan is a former editor-at-large of Southern Living, a contributing editor to Taste of the South, and publisher of the wildly popular blog—boasting nearly 1 million unique visitors per month, over 60,000 e-newsletter subscribers, and more than 50,000 Facebook fans. She’s appeared on TODAY, Paula Deen, and QVC, among many other media outlets, and her first book, Southern Plate (William Morrow), has 107,000 copies in print.

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.

Many of the recipes make ingenious use of the slow cooker or a single pot or skillet; require easily found supermarket ingredients; and are packed with time-saving tips and shortcuts. And the menu, well, it’s all good, including Crispy Breaded Pork Chops with Milk Gravy, Beef and Broccoli,Spicy Fried Chicken,Craving Beans, Summer Corn Salad, Slow Cooker Baked Apples,Ice Cream Rolls, and Cinnamon Pudding Cobbler. Or to put it like Christy Jordan, food to make your family “smile louder.”

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