The Cozy CookBook: Recipes and Stories from your favorite Cozy Authors!

The Cozy Cookbook

I am in love with this book! The best of cozy mysteries, in my own humble opinion are the ones that not only describe the yummy food but also give you the recipes in the end!

Well now all of our favorite cozy authors are here in one big fat book of not only recipes, but excerpts from their book as well. In the back are listed all of the authors, the series they write as well as their Bios.

My all time fave is the Wild Rice and Pumpkin Pilaf from Town in a Pumpkin Bash by B.B.Haywood.

Some of the authors you will meet: Laura Childs, Avery Aames/Daryl Wood Gerber, Ellery Adams, Connie Archer, Leslie Budewitz, Celo Coyle, Victoria Hamilton, B.B. Haywood, Julie Hyzy, Jenn McKinlay and Paige Shelton.

If you would like to check it out first, I did a search and most libraries have it in stock. If not just ask your librarian to order it. Most will.

Not only have I found some excellent new recipes, but I’ve also found some new authors! It’s a win-win!

Hope you are having a peaceful Wednesday. It’s gray and rainy here today so a perfect day for reading!

xx Patricia

Family Favorite Casserole Recipes by Addie Gundry

Family Favorite Casserole Recipes: 103 Comforting Breakfast Casseroles, Dinner Ideas, and Desserts Everyone Will Love by [Gundry, Addie]

The first in the RecipeLion series, presenting 103 easy recipes for accessible casseroles that are ideal for entertaining, everyday dinners, and even breakfast and desserts.

From Cinnamon Roll Casserole to John Wayne Cowboy Casserole, the 103 casserole dishes in this cookbook are simple and stress-free, but each is packed with flavor, making them your go-to family favorites to whip up any day of the week. In 103 Family Favorite Casserole Recipes, Addie Gundry shows that a dish doesn’t have to be complicated to be creative. You don’t need multiple pots and pans to find flavor. And with the proper tools, tips and techniques, anyone can cook memorable meals. She teaches you how to whip up everything from Potato Chip and Chicken Casserole to Strawberry Icebox Casserole to Skinny Cheeseburger Casserole. A casserole is something to be shared—something warm, rich, and worthy of a gathering on its own. Every recipe is paired with a beautiful finished dish photograph that will make readers jump at the idea of casserole night.

Nothing says home to me like a casserole. In the South we call them casseroles and in the North my Grandma called them hotdishes. What ever you call them in your house they are delicious!

When you need to bring a dish, casseroles are the go to staple. Someone sick? Or passed away? Get out the casserole dish. These are comfort foods. Meant to hug your tummy with warmth and memories.

There are so many in this book and they all look yummy!

The Great Vegan Bean Book by Kathy Hester

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Garbanzo. Cannellini. Fava. Calypso. Edamame. Adzuki. It’s true: beans have the coolest names ever. But besides that, they’re also one of nature’s most perfect foods. Packed with protein, nutrients, and flavor, you might even call them a vegan’s #1 best friend (don’t worry, we won’t tell the trail mix, veggies, or French fries!).

But with so much versatility and variety, where does one begin? Right inside these very pages, that’s where. In The Great Vegan Bean Book, author Kathy Hester primes you on everything you need to know about the best way to cook—and eat!—every bean you’ve ever seen (and a few you probably haven’t). From soaking times, to cooking times, to what to purée, to what to sauté, you’ll be dancing delicious circles around those legumes in no time.

Not only that, but you’ll also get to try your hand—or is it your mouth?—at some of the tastiest, most innovative bean recipes in this lentil-filled land. From beanalicious burritos, to pretty-pea curry, to legume-laced blondies, you’ll be partying protein-style, every meal of the day!

One of the many things I love about this book is it includes non-soy and gluten-free recipes. Both of those things are a no-no for me. If you thought beans were boring, you haven’t seen this book yet. If you ask my grandson what my favorite food is he will say quickly Beans! Since we don’t eat meat, we get our protein from other sources, such as plants. And with over 100 great recipes, this book will quickly become a go to source!

Well Done Ms. Hester!

Southern Breads:Recipes,Stories and Traditions by Marilyn Markel and Chris Holaday

Southern Breads: Recipes, Stories and Traditions (American Palate) by [Markel, Marilyn, Holaday, Chris]

The warmth of the oven and the smell of fresh-baked bread conjure comforting memories of tradition and place. Aside from being a staple on every table in the South, these breads and their recipes detail the storied history of the region. Biscuits emerged from Native American and European traditions. Cornbread, with its vast variety, is a point of debate among Southerners over which recipe yields the most delicious results. The hushpuppy, developed possibly to quiet whining dogs, is a requirement for any true catfish or barbecue meal. Author Chris Holaday and top culinary instructor Marilyn Markel offer the mouthwatering history, famous recipes and heartwarming stories of Southerners in their kitchens.

More than just breads, this book is chock full of all of the foods from my childhood and the food we learned to cook growing up in the South. Even though it’s full of things I can’t eat, the memories that flood my heart when I see them are priceless. Plus I can make them for family who go all ga-ga for them.

Biscuits and gravy, Pimento Cheese, Chicken and Dumplings, Cobblers, Corn Bread and Bread Pudding! Oh My!  Along with the recipes are stories. Traditions and memories of all of those Junior League and Church cookbooks our mothers passed on to us.

What a lovely gift!

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xx Patricia

 

 

Mug It! Easy & Delicious Meals For One by Pam McElroy

Mug It!: Easy & Delicious Meals for One

Dinner for one can be a lonely, tasteless prospect. But when dinner (or lunch, breakfast, or a snack, for that matter) is made in a mug, it suddenly becomes a whole lot more fun. From blueberry muffins and quiches to mac ‘n cheese and chocolate peanut butter cake, Mug It contains simple, delicious, recipes for every taste and craving. Easy-to-follow recipes and four-color photographs make Mug It the perfect cookbook for nearly anyone who has a mug, a microwave, and an appetite.

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Now that I have given in to years of begging and purchased a microwave I thought I should learn to make something in it and not just heat up coffee. So when I saw this book I was very excited. Most of my meals are eaten out of a bowl or a mason jar, so why not a mug. Heaven knows I have enough of them. And I am just odd enough to embrace this so I don’t burn up any more pots or pans.

There really is something for everyone in here! From Mason Jar Salads, which are my favorite thing this year to overnight oats, dips, breads and muffins in a mug, eggs in a mug, even meatloaf and mac and cheese! Cookies, cupcakes, yummy desserts and even pickling!

So we tried the cake thing and besides the dip and pickling everything else turned out just great! The one thing I especially like is portion control. I mean, it’s a mug. Normally when you make a cake you are probably going to eat more than you should. Same with other foods, but with this when you get to the bottom of the mug, you are done! No mess to clean up, no leftovers to put in the fridge and pretend you will eat later but never do and the entire thing ends up in the trash bin. At least here it does.

So all in all I’d have to say this book is brilliant! Now if you’ll excuse me I’m going to go have some Earl Grey Tea and a Quiche in a Mug!

CELEBRATE EVERY DAY BY JAIME RICHARDSON

Celebrate Every Day: Recipes For Making The Most Of Special Moments With Your Family by [Richardson, Jaime]

Recipes for making the most of special moments with your family.  You may know Jaime from sophistimom.com. I love her and I love this book. This is a woman who was chosen by the editors at Martha Stewart’s official blog network to be a part of their small circle.

Yet she has a family and this book shows that. Everything in here is simple to make, takes simple wholesome ingredients and turns them into an experience.

My absolute favorite recipe is the Fresh Peach French Toast Bread Pudding. Oh my heavenly days it is good!  Want to make some jam? Blueberry jam that is easy as pie!

It’s a go to book if you have children or not. Beautifully done and worth every penny!

celebrateeveryday Yummy!!!  With some Harney & Sons Peach Tea….wow!

Teatime Parties: Afternoon Tea to Commemorate the Milestones of Life from Tea Time Magazine

What better way to celebrate special life events than with afternoon tea? Table settings for birthdays, christenings, engagements, weddings, graduations, retirements, and other milestones are presented with beautiful color photography. An expert tea-pairing guide, along with a tea-steeping primer, make it simple to choose and prepare the perfect pot of tea to accompany the 80+ recipes in this gorgeous hardcover book.

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Tea Time Magazines newest book of gorgeous teas and menus to celebrate those milestones in life. As always the photographs are beautiful and the recipes very easy to prepare.

This is a great gift for those of us who love the magazine!

 

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Deliciously ELLA Every Day by Ella Woodward

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Ella is one of my favorite cookbook authors in the plant-based eating world. I wanted to put this book out there before her next gem comes out this year.

I love that this isn’t a Diet book. It’s about enjoying delicious, natural food to help your body feel its best.

In this one there are over 100 simple and delicious plant-based, dairy-free, gluten-free recipes.  Nourishing foods, and drinks. Everything is easy to make with ingredients that are easy to find.

I have to be nice to my tummy at all times or it behaves like a 2-year-old who just had their cookie snatched away! And while my mouth and nose love to see lovely pictures of food and sweets, I actually do not eat sugar. Or dairy or meat or bread. Even potatoes are a limited thing in my diet. As nightshade plants they along with tomatoes can cause me great pain. So I stick to what I know I can eat. I look at food and say What nutrients is this giving my body? And while I will occasionally have to tweak a recipe from Ella, most of the time I am safe with her.

Her next book is bigger and has more wonderfully nutritious recipes so look for it coming soon!

Little Old Lady Recipes by Meg Favreau

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Simple, good and sassy! These ladies know how to bring the goods in the kitchen!

This little gem of a book is hilarious! Not only do these older (70 and up) share their recipes with us, they had me cracking up at the advice!

From homemade applesauce to pork chops and so many more. These are simple, tried and true dishes like the ones we used to look forward to whenever the church had any kind of potluck.

The beauty of the book is the photos of the ladies and a quote from each. Such as:

“We had to eat a lot of beans and greens, vegetables-that was during the depression. Mom made one thing and you didn’t get anything else. So you learned to like it.” Rita,80

“Club soda is a wonderful thing. You can use it to remove any stain, or mix it with gin and drink until you don’t care about the stain anymore.” Chastity, 72

“Butter comes from cows. Tell me where the heck margarine comes from, and then maybe I’ll eat it.” Phyllis, 72

” A grandmother isn’t the same thing as a restaurant. Shut up and eat the eggs.” Ruth, 77

And my all time fave! “The best thing I make is reservations.” Anna, 96

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It is the sweetest book and I thank my own little old lady who gave it to me!

xx Patricia

Royal Teas: Seasonal Recipes from Buckingham Palace by Mark Flanagan

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What could be more quintessentially British than a spot of afternoon tea? It’s a hallowed tradition that’s taken particularly seriously at Buckingham Palace, where for more than a decade Royal Chef Mark Flanagan and his team have prepared an afternoon tea that reflects the best of this venerable tradition across the seasons, from springtime picnics to sophisticated summer garden parties and festive Christmas teas.

Royal Teas, the follow-up to A Royal Cookbook, shares Flanagan’s recipes for a variety of tantalizing tea-time treats, including sweet and savory pastries, cookies, and show-stopping cakes. Each recipe is reproduced with clear instructions and a table to convert measurements to the ones you are most familiar with and is accompanied by beautiful photographs of the tableware, floral arrangements, and other decorative items that adorn the royal table throughout the year. Organized by season, the book is also a testament to the Royal Kitchens’ commitment to sourcing fresh, local ingredients, from the mulberry trees in the Palace Gardens, whose berries are harvested and made into deliciously syrupy jam, to the beehives that provide the year-round honey used in honey sponge cake.

The first official tea-time cookbook from the Royal Collection, Royal Tea invites readers to take a break in the day to indulge in a Royal Family–tested sweet treat—well-behaved corgis welcome!
I am a big fan of Mark’s books. First they are absolutely beautiful and second the recipes are original and quite tasty. This is the newest book out and it has a nice new home now.

xxPatricia   Enjoy your Sunday and leave room for Tea!