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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 240 pages
  • Publisher: Atria Books (April 1, 2014)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 145166222X
  • ISBN-13: 978-1451662221
  • Product Dimensions: 7.4 x 0.9 x 9.1 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.9 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (36 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #28,967 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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*Starred Review* Any longtime fan of Bravo’s Top Chef series will smile and nod at “Hootie hoo,” Hall’s key signature phrase of delight, surprise, and you-fill-in-the-blank. What’s even better in her second recipe collection (Cooking with Love, 2012) is her enthusiastic and knowledgeable embrace of all things spice, whether it be a mild lemongrass or a heated habanero chili. In fact, her cookbook centers on the philosophy that food and dishes are pretty much the same the world ’round; you change them by changing their spices. She starts with an easy foundational dish (with a heavy emphasis on vegetables), say, roasted fingerling potatoes, followed by at least two variations—in this case, curried potatoes and peas and double-mustard potato salad. No worries, because Hall won’t let any home chef flounder. Each dish includes a snappy personal introduction, directions (naturally), and Carla’s tips, ranging from ideas for swap-outs (substitute curry powder for vadouvan) to specific explanations about certain ingredients. Sidebars also show off her chatty style, such as her first experience cooking red lentils. Get ready for 111 different goodnesses, including baked corn pudding, hot fried chicken, and rustic bacon-apple pie. Nothing says lovin’ better. --Barbara Jacobs

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“Carla Hall knocks it out of the park with her first book, all about love, tradition, family, flavor and style, and flavor again. Her true natural ability to make things delicious is all over every single recipe. I love working with Carla on “The Chew” every day and simply get jiggy every time we get to taste her magic on set. With this sweet tome in the home kitchen anyone can make thoughtful tasty food with real style." (Mario Batali)

"Carla is a born teacher. Full of useful insights and her signature humor (and patience), Cooking With Love puts Ms. Hootie Hoo herself right there at the stove next to you, every step of the way. Whether you're a novice or expert, she'll have you dancing into the kitchen to whip up unbelievably simple, sumptuous feasts from scratch." (Daphne Oz, author of The Dorm Room Diet)

“I love Carla’s stories of how she develops her delicious dishes, tinkering with flavor combinations until she gets them just right. And what a range: her rustic mushroom tart is great and Granny’s five-flavor pound cake is worth the price of the book.” (Jennifer Reese, author of Make the Bread, Buy the Butter)

“Anyone who watches (or works at!!) the Chew knows that Carla Hall has a special way with comfort foods from the South, so it should come as no surprise that she is also a master of tasty, fresh, and simple foods from the rest of the known world. These quick and easy recipes give me an inexpensive opportunity to travel vicariously through Carla's eyes, and her fun-filled anecdotes and notes create a happy place to make exactly what I feel like eating right now. Carla is the international ambassador of the perfectly delicious!” (Mario Batali)

Customer Reviews

Great Chef, Great food,.
Patricia English
Her writing makes the book so interesting, even if I didn't cook, I would buy any cookbook she writes.
Barbara Slaby
A great book full of easy recipes that are delicious and quick.
Carmen Galand

Most Helpful Customer Reviews

19 of 19 people found the following review helpful By MKBoston on April 1, 2014
Format: Hardcover
Take what you thought were the best comfort food recipes, add unlimited international influences, and top it off with a big dash of Carla love...what do you get? An absolute treat for your taste buds. Carla manages to create some unforgettable recipes that transform your all time favorites into easy and thoughtful dishes everyone will enjoy. A must have!
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13 of 13 people found the following review helpful By anjali bindra on April 4, 2014
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As the owner of an Indian meal kit delivery service (tiffintrove.com), I am usually skeptical when people put new twists on old Indian recipes.

Carla Hall will NOT disappoint. She has some marvelous new twists on classic recipes, like an Indian nectarine chutney. And it's not just Indian: she takes basic ingredients and transforms them into dishes from around the world: Italian, Irish, Thai, French, Greek, Moroccan, and of course All American. If you can only have one cookbook in your life, this is it.

I wish Carla Hall was my momma from another poppa bc I would love to eat this woman's home cooking. Even my niminy piminy children find these recipes appealing. Though my son drew a skull and crossbones over the peas on page 19, they can't wait to help make the peach cobbler and are excited about trying her other recipes.
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12 of 13 people found the following review helpful By M. Hill TOP 500 REVIEWER on May 10, 2014
Format: Hardcover
Comfort food is usually full of butter and heavy cream so it is not surprising that is the case with these recipes. I tested two dishes -- the Baked Corn Pudding and the Salted Peanut Chocolate Pudding Tarts. I used frozen super-sweet corn in the Baked Corn Pudding rather than fresh because it is not yet in season, but the result was still sinfully good. And, the Salted Peanut Chocolate Pudding Tarts turned out perfectly and are every bit as decadent as they sound.

There are a number of other recipes among the 112 included in the book that I look forward to preparing. Chapters include Soups and Salads, Vegetables, Pickles and Preserves, Grains and Starches, Seafood, Chicken, Meat, Vegetarian Entrees and Desserts.

There is a lot to like about the book, but I also have some problems. First the good - the index is thorough which allows a recipe to be quickly located by name or main ingredient saving the user significant time. There is a very succinct International Spice Chart that lists, by country, the aromatics, herbs, spices and miscellaneous items the cook should have on-hand to prepare that style of dish. It is a shorthand pantry list to ensure basics are in the kitchen to reduce frustration and wasted time. Most of the items are things found in the majority of kitchens and if not are, with few exceptions, easy to find. The intent is clearly to make the recipes accessible.

It is great the comfort food is presented from various nations rather than just regions within the U.S. That alone invites exploration, something Carla Hall has always conveyed with her cooking style, so this feels quite genuine.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Amazon Customer on June 22, 2014
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Most of the recipes I have done. Of course I was born and raised on a farm. We did lot of inventing new things to cook.
Her recipes are great.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Sarabellum on April 28, 2014
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Love the book. Terrific recipes ;- so many to cook. Looking forward to trying lots of them. Carla is a wonderful host of The Chew.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Ariesgrl on June 17, 2014
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Carla Hall is a chef known for her appearances on numerous television shows. With her latest cookbook, she hopes to show everyone how various cultures are connected through their cuisines. Carla demonstrates how one simple dish can be transformed through the addition of just a few regional spices. In the beginning she provides a useful spice chart that displays the connected tastes of the world. Though some of these ingredients may be hard to find, Carla provides numerous tips and helpful step by step instructions. This book provides an easy way to take a trip around the globe, while remaining in your own kitchen.

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This review was written for My Sister's Books.
This review was originally posted on the Ariesgrl Book Reviews.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Different on June 18, 2014
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I like the book very much. Recipes are easy to follow. I have it on the Kindle now I want it in book form. So pretty. You won't regret getting it.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Deborah on June 5, 2014
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Carla's Book is All about the Comforting Tantilizing Taste Bud DANCE, Boom-SHOCKALAKA ! OH YEAH! Despite being Gluten-Free, I convert her recipes2 Gluten-Friendly...Guess, What? My Taste Buds are Dancing, BOOM-SHOCKALAKA!
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