Wednesday, November 29, 2017

Holiday Gift Guide 2017: Check Out These New Cookbooks from Skyhorse Publishing -- Would Make Great Gift Ideas for Cookbook Lovers! (Review)

Disclosure: I was sent review copies from the vendor in exchange for an honest review.  All views shared are mine and mine alone.

One of my guilty pleasures is watching cooking shows on television. Usually after everyone is in bed and sleeping, I will tune into the Food Network or the Cooking Channel and watch the shows.  I especially love shows that feature down-home cooking -- the more butter, fried food and one pot cooking the better.  And, with the cold weather now here, I am cooking a lot more soups, chili's and one pot dishes like homemade chicken pot pie and chicken and dumplings. Not only do these food warm the house up and make it smell good, but it also warms up everyone's bellies and leaves everyone with a smile on their face.

When I am not watching cooking shows to get ideas for how to reinvent some of my family's favorite dishes or to find new recipes to try, I love going through my growing collection of cookbooks.  And, usually around the holidays, book publishing groups come out with some great cookbooks, so I am always on the lookout for new cookbooks to add to my collection.  I don't know about you, but when I get a new cookbook, I read it from cover to cover as if it was a novel.  I also have sticky tabs on hand to flag recipes I want to try.  

Recently, I was sent an email from the folks at Skyhorse Publishing Inc. that shared some amazing new cookbooks, that I couldn't wait to get my hands on a few of them.  If you are a fan of one pot cooking, good 'ole home cooking, crock pot cooking, Sunday suppers, etc. then you will want to check out these recent releases, which would make a great gift for cookbook lovers...

  • File Size: 32729 KB
  • Print Length: 312 pages
  • Publisher: Skyhorse Publishing (October 17, 2017)
  • Publication Date: October 17, 2017
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services LLC
  • Language: English

About this book:

"All your favorite blue plate specials in one cookbook! Like its people, American food is a melting pot of tastes and textures. Now flavors from every corner of the country are brought together in one soul-satisfying cookbook. Worthy of any diner’s daily special board, these recipes are the real deal: wholesome, filling favorites that will bring the entire family to the table. You’ll be transported back to your grandmother’s kitchen as you dig into classics like:

  • Chicken Pot Pie
  • Fried Catfish
  • Sloppy Joes
  • Buttermilk Baked Chicken
  • Chicken Fried Steak
  • Roast Beef Hash
  • Sausage Gravy
  • Firestarter Chili
  • Split Pea and Sausage Soup
  • Corn Pudding
  • Potato Onion Gratin
  • Spiced Squash
  • All-American Apple Pie
  • Depression Cake
  • Pecan Pie
  • And many more favorites!

  • True American food is the result of hearty people, bountiful farms, and innovative spirit. Author Larry Edwards honors that tradition in The American Table as he invites you to pull up a chair and share a story or two. Plan your next family gathering with this collection of quintessential recipes from around the country."

    • Series: Fix-It and Forget-It
    • Paperback: 344 pages
    • Publisher: Good Books (October 3, 2017)
    • Language: English
    • ISBN-10: 1680993305
    • ISBN-13: 978-1680993301

    About this book:

    "What if you could prepare holiday feasts for friends and family without spending hours in the kitchen? Now you can. Take your slow cooker out of the pantry and put away the stress of holiday cooking and baking this year. Here are 150 slow cooker recipes that will wow your guests and free you up to spend quality time with loved ones. From Sweet Potato Stuffing to Raspberry Glazed Ham, Slow Cooker Turkey and Stuffing to Pear Butter, there are recipes here to indulge every palate and gorgeous full-color photographs to inspire any menu planner. Phyllis Good is beloved for providing recipes that are simple and made with ingredients you can find easily—if you don't already have them in your cupboard. Who has time to search for obscure, gourmet ingredients around the holidays? Holiday cooking has never been easier—or more delicious. Learn what size slow cooker to purchase, discover tips for easy prep and cleanup, and find scrumptious recipes such as:

  • Dried Cranberry Pudding
  • Holiday Wild Rice
  • Christmas Apple Date Pudding
  • Pork Roast with Applesauce
  • Cheesy Sausage Dip
  • Gingerbread Pudding Cake
  • And many more!"

    • Hardcover: 594 pages
    • Publisher: Good Books; Indexed edition (October 17, 2017)
    • Language: English
    • ISBN-10: 1680993291
    • ISBN-13: 978-1680993295

    About this book:

    "You want to put a delicious meal on the table for your family but you don’t want to spend hours in the kitchen—or in the grocery store searching for exotic ingredients. Welcome Home Cookbook is filled with recipes that you can pull together in a hurry when unexpected company arrives, when you’re going to a potluck, or anytime you’re busy (which is pretty much every day, am I right?). In these pages you’ll find recipes that—

  • are delicious and a snap to prepare
  • use ingredients that you probably already have on hand
  • offer step-by-step instructions that virtually anyone can follow Each recipe includes prep time and cooking time, so you know exactly what to expect. Collected from home cooks across the country and carefully selected and tested, these recipes are sure to take some pressure off of you and give joy to everyone in your home. With full-color photos throughout and a ring binding that allows the book to lay flat on your kitchen counter, this is the everyday cookbook you will return to again and again."

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    Skyhorse Publishing is a relatively new publishing group, as they opened their doors back in 2006. But, that hasn't stopped them from quickly gaining traction and taking off.  In 2011, Publishers Weekly called them the fastest-growing small publisher in America, and they continue to turn out amazing books in such categories as outdoor sports, team sports, country living, politics, true crime, military history, humor and cookbooks.  This is the first time I worked with the folks at Skyhorse Publishing, but it will bot be my last, as I really like their assortment of books offered, and the quality of each title is great.  

    I have only had the three cookbooks mentioned above for a couple weeks, but I have been busy in the kitchen cooking up some great meals and side dishes -- all of which left no leftovers.  Even my two picky eaters were raving about the holiday wild rice, pork roast with applesauce, firestarter chili and sloppy joes I made recently.  

    As far as baking, these three cookbooks from Skyhorse Publishing have you covered with a wonderful assortment of desserts that would look great on your upcoming Christmas dessert table.  How does an all-American apple or pecan pie sound?  Or, how about gingerbread pudding cake or my personal favorite homemade pretzels?  These are just some the many recipes you will find in the cookbooks mentioned above. 

    With the holidays fast approaching, you will probably find yourself with limited time in the kitchen. But, that doesn't mean you should do take out all the time.  Instead, pull out your slow cooker to create some great comfort food recipes your family will love.  And, if crockpot cooking isn't your thing, many of these recipes are one pot cooking, which means you only use one pot to cook everything in, thus cutting down on dishes.  

    I have so many more recipes to try out, and can't wait to get back into the kitchen to try them out.  This upcoming weekend I will be hosting a fun brunch at our house, where I will be trying out recipes I have flagged in these books including french toast and dried cranberry pudding my husband keeps asking me to make (and that I found and easy to prepare recipe for in the Fix-it and Forget-It Holiday Favorites cookbook).  

    I could go on and on about how great these cookbooks are, especially if you are looking to make holiday preparations and dinner easier, but why don't you check them out for yourself?  You, too, will be impressed with these cookbooks and find yourself marking up pages to recipes you will want to try.  

    To learn more about these and other wonderful cookbooks available from Skyhorse Publishing head on over to their website at:  I really enjoyed going through these books and checking out the different recipes.  And, the handful of recipes I made and served up at my Thanksgiving dinner were all a hit, and family and friends asked me to make them again soon.  Just be warned, there are some amazing full-color images in these cookbooks, so be sure you aren't flipping through the cookbooks on an empty stomach.  I am quickly flipping through them now without having had dinner yet, and my mouth is already watering and the belly is talking back to it. :-)

    Disclosure: I was sent review copies from the vendor in exchange for an honest review.  All views shared are mine and mine alone.

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