Saturday, December 21, 2019

Have Your Steak, and Eat Cake, Too! with the New Steak and Cake Cookbook by Elizabeth Karmel (Review)

Disclosure:  I was sent a review copy from the publisher in exhange for an honest review. All views shared are mine and mine alone.

Have you heard the saying, "Have your cake and eat it, too!"? Well, after receiving the new cookbook by Elizabeth Karmel, I had to make a slight change to this saying, and add cake into it.  :-)  When it comes to favorite foods, my top two favorites are cake and steak, in no particular order. But, when you get to enjoy them both in one sitting, it really is a nice treat! And, thanks to the Steak and Cake cookbook, there are more than 100 recipes to make any meal a smash hit...letting you eat your steak...and having cake, too!

More about this cookbook:

"Discover just how luscious and indulgent both steak and cake can be with Elizabeth Karmel, Southern baker extraordinaire and one of America’s leading pitmasters.

Let them eat cake—and steak! This unique cookbook shares more than 100 recipes that beg to be prepared, paired, and eaten with pure joy. How about a Cowboy Steak with Whiskey Butter followed by a Whiskey Buttermilk Bundt Cake? Or a Porterhouse for Two with My Mother’s Freshly Grated Coconut Cake? Or mix and match yourself—maybe an Indoor/Outdoor Tomahawk Steak paired with a Classic Key Lime Cheesecake?"


Before you proceed reading my post, I hope you have a full stomach...if not, this will be a little painful, as the photos I will be sharing from this cookbook will definitely make your mouth water, and leave you wishing you had a tasty steak and slice of cake in front of you to devour.  Just be warned. :-)

OMG, OMG, OMG -- that is all I can say, as I was flipping through this cookbook by Elizabeth Karmel for the very first time.  I love steak, and sweets have always been a weakness for me with my sweet tooth. But, never did I think to pair them both together...that was until I was sent a copy of "Steak and Cake" to review.  Then, as I was reading through the cookbook and flagging recipes to try, I found myself thinking...this cookbook author is genius...she is pairing two foods most Americans love, and doing it in such a great way.  

I couldn't get over all the full color illustrations of the recipes in this cookbook.  As I flipped through the pages, I found myself flagging all of the recipes, as they looked so good in the picture, that I wanted to get in the kitchen and cook them all up for my family to enjoy.  Both the steaks and cakes were mouthwatering to look at in their full color pictures, and the way the recipes were laid out, they can be cooked up and enjoyed by even the most novice of cooks, making this a great cookbook to gift foodies and home chefs/bakers of any experience level, this holiday season.  My husband was all smiles when he saw me looking through this cookbook, as he knew he would have to help taste test the recipes I would be cooking up.  Tough job, right? :-)  

I have only had this cookbook for a few weeks now, and have tried about a dozen recipes so far.  Prior to Thanksgiving dinner, I had family and friends over and served up two takes on steak, and paired them with two oh so delicious cakes.  I wish you could have been in the room to hear everyone raving about how juicy the steak was, and how tasty the cakes were.  They found themselves wondering why they never thought to pair steak and cake before, but will definitely be doing this for now on. :-)  After talking to my husband the other day, we are going to switch things up this Christmas, and instead of cooking up turkey and all the fixings, I am going to make steak instead, and have a couple cakes on the dessert table, next to all the cookies the girls will be whipping up for guests to enjoy.  This Christmas dinner will mash together two of our favorite foods, and satisfy everyone's sweet tooth.  So, what is the on the menu?  Being a chocolate lover, I have to go with the following steak and cake pairing...

In addition to the roasted potatoes, I will also cook up Brussels sprouts, a side of marinated mushrooms, and sauteed onions, along with a homemade pan gravy.  And, as far a dessert goes, my girls are asking to make homemade whipped cream and strawberries in syrup to top the cake with, while my husband is asking me to toast up pecans to sprinkle on the top of this frosted chocolate layer cake.  Mmm, I am getting hungry just thinking about this holiday menu, and am counting down the days to Christmas like my girls. But, instead of waiting for Santa's arrival, I am waiting to sit at the dining room table to eat my steak, and cake, too!

If you are a steak and cake lover, or just love cookbooks, or know someone who does, then I highly recommend the "Steak and Cake" cookbook from Elizabeth Karmel  She sure does hit it out the park with this cookbook, and I haven't make a recipe from her cookbook that my family doesn't love!  You can learn more about this cookbook by visiting

Disclosure:  I was sent a review copy from the publisher in exhange for an honest review. All views shared are mine and mine alone.

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