Review: Sweetness: Southern Recipes to Celebrate the Warmth, the Love, and the Blessings of a Full Life by Christy Jordan

Sweetness by Christy Jordan

A celebration of sweetness in all forms – sweet foods, sweet memories, sweet blessings, and a sweet life – in recipes by Christy Jordan of Southern Plate.

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Author: Christy Jordan

Title: Sweetness: Southern Recipes to Celebrate the Warmth, the Love, and the Blessings of a Full Life

Genre: Cooking, Food, & Wine

Published: November 8th, 2016 by Workman Publishing Company

Rating: ⭐⭐⭐⭐

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I received an advance review copy of this book courtesy of Netgalley and Workman Publishing Company.

I love cookbooks, and (being from the south myself) I’m especially fond of cookbooks featuring southern recipes. It’s the type of food I’m most familiar with—it’s what I was raised on, and what I’ve fed my own family through the years.

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My Great-Grandma Margie, whom I loved very much. I miss her every day. She taught me the meaning of unconditional love.

When I first saw the title of this particular cookbook, I was immediately reminded  of  my Great-Grandmother. Grandma Margie always had homemade sweets ready and waiting in case any of her grandkids and great-grandkids stopped by to visit for a while. Grandma always came outside to greet us the same way—with joy on her face, and her arms opened wide, saying “C’mere so I can hug your neck!”

Once we went inside the house, my eyes were inevitably drawn to the dining room, excited because I knew what I would see. Two long tables, filled with every sweet treat a child could ever want, made by Grandma herself. The love she put into making those cookies, brownies, fudges, and candies made them even sweeter to me, and I will forever cherish memories of those visits.

It’s appropriate to share this beloved memory in my review, because in addition to the many yummy recipes, Jordan has sprinkled in several sweet memories of her own, along with the encouragement to appreciate the sweetness in life. Sometimes, we get so busy living life that we don’t always remember to stop and smell the roses… to take a moment to be grateful for what we have in this life, and the loved ones we share it with each day. There is always something sweet to cherish, and I was reminded of many cherished memories of my own as I read hers.

As far as the recipes themselves, there were extremely few that I didn’t want to try out myself. They all sound SO good, and if the photos of the finished treats don’t make your mouth water, nothing will. There are also many tips—for example, simple ways to decorate a cake—that are quite useful to know.

This would be a fantastic addition to anyone’s cookbook library, and with Christmas right around the corner, it’s a great time to try your hand at making some of these luscious sweets!

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Review: The New Irish Table Recipes from Ireland’s Top Chefs by Leslie Conron Carola

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This book appealed to me because (a) I love learning about Ireland and (b) I love cookbooks. Featuring recipes from ten of Ireland’s top chefs—Darina Allen, Martin Bealin, Derry Clarke, Ultan Cooke, Kevin Dundon, Catherine Fulvio, Neven Maguire, Noel McMeel, Ian Orr, and Tim O’Sullivan—readers are introduced to some of the dishes that make up Irish fine dining and the chefs who prepare them.

More than just a cookbook, however, readers also learn about Ireland itself. Short essays detail notable information about each of Ireland’s four provinces. Gorgeous color photos illustrate the beauty of Ireland’s landscapes as well as places significant to its long history.

I enjoyed reading this very much, and look forward to trying out some of these delicious recipes.

I received an advance review copy of this book courtesy Charlesbridge via Netgalley.

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Author: Leslie Conron Carola

Title: The New Irish Table – Recipes from Ireland’s Top Chefs

Genre: Travel, Cooking, Food & Wine

Published: February 7th 2017 by Charlesbridge

Rating: ⭐⭐⭐


About this Book

Ten award-winning chefs dismantle the stereotype of Irish cuisine being a boil, a fry, or soda bread. Highlighting fresh, local, and seasonal ingredients from provinces across the Emerald Isle, this beautiful, photo-illustrated collection offers inspirational Irish recipes.

An Irish meal must nourish the soul as well as the body, teasing each of the senses. Home cooks are invited into each featured chef’s restaurant and/ or home to experience recipes that utilize fresh fish, lamb, beef, pork, fruits, and vegetables, and of course, Ireland’s renowned cheeses.

Celebrating the new Irish food culture, this compilation emphasizes local resources, simple fare, and the highest standards, proving that Ireland is a modern food destination.