Friday, January 6, 2012

A Christmas Gift From My Daughter

One of the best gifts I got this Christmas was from my 8 year old daughter.  She thought of it all by herself and I love it.

She got me Paula Deen's Southern Cooking Bible.  She knows me so well, and it makes me happy that she pays attention to what I like.  I love books, cooking, and the Food Network, so what could be a more perfect gift than this book.

455 Pages
Source:  Goodreads

From Goodreads...
"Hi, y’all!This book is my proudest achievement so far, and I just have to tell y’all why I am so excited about it. It’s a book of classic dishes, dedicated to a whole new generation of cooks—for every bride, graduate, and anyone who has a love of a great Southern meal. My family is growing and expanding all the time. We’re blessed with marriages and grandbabies, and so sharing these recipes for honest, down-home dishes feels like passing a generation’s worth of stovetop secrets on to my family, and yours.I’ve been cooking and eating Southern food my whole life, and I can tell you that every meal you make from this book will be a mouthful of our one-of-akind spirit and traditions. These recipes showcase the diversity and ingenuity of Southern cuisine, from Cajun to Low-Country and beyond, highlighting the deep cultural richness of our gumbos and collards, our barbecues and pies. You may remember a few beloved classics from The Lady & Sons, but nearly all of these recipes are brand-new—and I think you’ll find that they are all mouthwateringly delicious. It is, without a doubt, a true Southern cooking bible.I sincerely hope that this book will take its place in your kitchen for many years to come, as I know it will in mine. Here’s to happy cooking—and the best part, happy eating, y’all!  Best dishes,Paula Deen"

This is a really good book with LOTS of recipes, a very detailed table of contents, and a great index in the back that makes it so easy to find any recipe you're loooking for.  My husband actually tried the book first.  He cooked the ham biscuits from page 17, and they were really good.

I really love the movie, "Julia & Julia".  I loved how she took Julia Child's cookbook and worked her way through it one recipe at a time.  Although I won't go as far as she did (one new recipe every day), I am inspired to commit to one new recipe from my new cookbook a week.  I want my daughter to see that I really love her gift, and I'm using it.  I know she'll be proud to try the new food that she inspired.

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