cooking, home & garden, Nonfiction

The Comfort of Food

Discover new recipes.
Explore new takes on old southern favorites with these cookbooks available on Overdrive and hoopla.

Cravings by Chrissy Teigen 
Overdrive ebook
Cravings: Hungry for More takes us further into Chrissy’s kitchen . . . and life.  
 It’s a life of pancakes that remind you of blueberry pie, eating onion dip with your glam squad, banana bread that breaks the internet, and a little something called Pad Thai Carbonara. After two years of parenthood, falling in love with different flavors, and relearning the healing power of comfort food, this book is like Chrissy’s new edible diary.
 

Sunny’s Kitchen by Sunny Anderson 
Overdrive ebook
From the host of the Food Network’s Cooking for Real and Home Made in America,and frequent guest on Rachael Ray and Today, here is Sunny Anderson’s debut cookbook, featuring American classics, made her way. 
 
In Sunny’s Kitchen, Sunny draws on her family roots in the Carolinas, her travels across the globe in a military family, and her years catering while a radio DJ. Her recipes are as bold and spicy as her palette and she welcomes you into her kitchen with an array of comfort foods. Sunny gives you the whole world in just a few bites: her southern Slow ‘n’ Low Ribs, a bit of Germany in her currywurst-inspired Pork Burgers with Spicy Ketchup, Asian influences in Spicy Noodle Bowls, and a classic Shrimp and Andouille Boil from New Orleans. Drawing on store-bought shortcuts and always relying on affordable, easy-to-find ingredients, Sunny shows you how to make every meal a homecoming. 

Food for Life by Laila Ali 
Overdrive ebook
Four-time undefeated boxing world champion, cooking personality, and passionate health advocate, Laila Ali’s Food For Life features over 100 sassy recipes that will help you “swap it out.” 

In Laila’s kitchen, nutrition is King, but flavor is Queen! In her debut cookbook, Laila shows you how to make knockout meals in ways that work with your busy and demanding life, so you can eat healthy, delicious food without feeling hungry! Food for Life shares more than 100 of Laila’s favorite recipes. Whether you’re new to cooking, busy feeding a family, or ready to eat healthier, Food for Life will be your guidebook! 

Home Cooking with Trisha Yearwood by Trisha Yearwood 
Overdrive ebook
Country music star and bestselling cookbook author Trisha Yearwood, host of Food Network’s Trisha’s Southern Kitchen, is back with an encore of recipes that once again share her family traditions and warm home-grown cooking style. 

 Trisha knows how good it feels to bring something to the table. It brings everyone closer together if they’ve had a hand in preparing a meal. These recipes all come with memories attached—of potlucks with good friends, church suppers, family fish fries, and beach picnics, Mother’s Day, and Christmas gatherings. Many are handed down from her mother, her aunts and cousins, or longtime friends, while others are her own contemporary improvisations on classic southern fare. Each one—whether a main dish, a tasty side, or a decadent dessert—comes with a heartwarming story from Trisha’s life that may remind you of some of your own favorite family foods, or inspire you to create new traditions.   

Come and Get It by Ree Drummond 
hoopla ebook
Okay, let’s face it: With school, sports, work, obligations, and activities pulling us in a million directions, not many of us can spend that amount of time in the kitchen anymore! What we really need are simple, scrumptious, doable recipes that solve the challenge of serving up hearty, satisfying food (that tastes amazing!) day after day, week after week without falling into a rut and relying on the same old rotation of meals. Cooking should be fun, rewarding, and it definitely should feed your soul (and feed the people in your household in the process)! 
 
Here are some of Ree Drummond’s favorite make-it-happen dishes, pulled from her nonstop life as a busy wife, mother of four, and lifelong lover of food! The Pioneer Woman Cooks: Come and Get It! includes more than 120 of her best solutions for tasty, wholesome meals (with minimal fuss!) for breakfast, lunch, dinner, and snacks. (And let’s not forget the glue that holds it all together: desserts! There are some dandies in here, friends.) With a mix of categories and flavors that will please everyone, this book has everything you need to whip up delicious, downhome recipes that you can get on the table without a lot of stress. Now that’s something to get excited about! 

Dinnertime by Ree Drummond 
hoopla ebook
The #1 bestselling author and Food Network personality brings together more than 125 simple, scrumptious, step-by-step recipes for delicious dinners the whole family will love. For families juggling school, work, and a host of other time-consuming daily obligations, the idea of making dinner from scratch can be daunting. Ree Drummond makes it easy for families to make simple, scrumptious, homemade meals with minimum fuss and maximum enjoyment. The Pioneer Woman Cooks: Dinnertime includes delicious, easy-to-make recipes for comfort classics, 16-minute meals, freezer-friendly food, as well as soups, main dish salads, and a favorite of her own family: breakfast for dinner. Filled with Ree’s signature step-by-step photos, relatable humor, and irresistible, folksy charm, The Pioneer Woman Cooks: Dinnertime is the go-to cookbook every home cook can rely on for any – and every – night of the week. 

The Southern Bite Cookbook by Stacey Little 
hoopla ebook
In the South, a conversation among home cooks can be just about as illuminating as any culinary education. Luckily for Stacey Little, home cooks run in the family. Whether it’s fried chicken or pimento cheese, fruit salad or meatloaf, everybody’s family does it a little differently. The Southern Bite is a celebration of those traditions and recipes every Southern family is proud to own. It’s the Pecan Chicken Salad that’s mandatory for every family reunion and the hearty Goulash, so comforting after a long day. It’s the Glazed Ham that makes its way to the Easter table every year.If you’re lucky enough to hail from the South, you’ll no doubt find some familiar favorites from your own family recipe archives, along with a whole slew of surprises from Southern families a lot like yours! There’s Turnip Green Dip for your next party, Chicken Corn Chowder for those chilly fall nights, and Cornbread Salad for when you really need to make an impression. No matter what’s cooking, Little’s goal is the same: to revel in the culinary tradition all Southerners share. These are the recipes that bring us together and the meals our families will cherish for generations to come. 

The Southern Pantry Cookbook by Jennifer Chandler 
hoopla ebook
Using checklists and smart strategies, Jennifer Chandler helps readers unearth dozens of Southern meals waiting to be discovered in their well-stocked pantries. Nothing can discourage a home cook quite like being unprepared – running to the store for that one item, getting halfway through a recipe and realizing something is missing, or simply not knowing quite where to begin. Kitchen pro and popular cookbook author Jennifer Chandler returns with The Southern Pantry Cookbook, a fail-safe game plan for ensuring mealtime success. Chandler helps readers stock their shelves with ingredients that will get them out of the kitchen quickly and around their table with family and friends. From rice and beans to sauces and seasonal produce, Chandler demonstrates how to turn basic recipe supplies into memorable Southern-style meals. With just a little bit of planning and a whole lot of down-home flavor, Chandler has some pretty delicious answers to the question, “What’s for supper?” Recipe highlights include: Roasted Sweet Potato Salad with Dried Cranberries and Pecans, White Bean and Country Ham Soup, Braised Chicken with Mushrooms and Grits, Pan-Seared Pork Chops with Drunken Peaches, Cheesy-Jalapeno Hushpuppies, and Blackberry Skillet Cobbler. 

Sheet Pan by Kate McMillan 
hoopla ebook
Featuring healthy, flavorful, and complete meals assembled and cooked on a simple sheet pan, this cookbook offers great dinner solutions for busy cooks. Sheet Pan Dinners features 50 recipes, each a complete meal, with a diverse range of ingredients and flavor combinations. This straightforward approach to cooking maximizes ease and flavor. Sample recipes include: – Bangers & smashed potatoes – Moroccan spiced lamb chops with vegetable kebabs – Rosemary pork tenderloin with roasted apples & onions – Spicy Asian chicken wings with broccoli & walnuts – Citrus-rubbed chicken thighs with fennel & grapes – Garlic parmesan shrimp with asparagus fries – Salmon Provencale with roasted tomatoes & fingerlings – Swordfish saltimbocca with sage & paprika-spiced cauliflower – Miso-glazed mahi mahi with sugar snap peas – Eggplant, tofu & green bean sheet fry – Brussels sprout & potato hash with thyme & eggs – Cauliflower steaks with capers & lemon with wintergreens & dried cherries. 

Fix-It and Forget-It Lazy and Slow Cookbook by Hope Comerford 
hoopla ebook
“What’s for dinner?” It’s the question every parent dreads. It’s a daunting challenge to put a meal on the table every evening – never mind one that’s healthy, economical, and that the whole family will enjoy. The Lazy and Slow Cookbook: 365 Days of Slow Cooker Recipes is the first in a new series of cookbooks for the lazy (or busy) cook in the household. For every week of the year, there’s a menu featuring seven dinners, along with a shopping list. As a bonus, QR codes allow cooks to load the list directly to their smart phones. The first recipe for the week is a slow cooker meal that’s large enough to yield leftovers that can be incorporated into the recipes for the next 2-3 dinners. 

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