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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 336 pages
  • Publisher: Atria Books; 10.7.2012 edition (November 6, 2012)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 145166219X
  • ISBN-13: 978-1451662191
  • Product Dimensions: 7.4 x 1.1 x 9.1 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 2.2 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (113 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #111,899 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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"Whoever put this book in your hands loves you - and you're about to love them right back! Carla is a born teacher. Full of useful insights, helpful quick-fixes learned from years of trial and error, 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, whether it's weeknight Buffalo Wing Burgers, or The Saints' Gumbo for a weekend get together. If I'm coming to dinner, please make the Groundnut Stew - it's my favorite!" (Daphne Oz The Dorm Room Diet)

“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. I am making Carla’s poetic Hoppin’ John and pure-comfort chicken pot pie tonight.” (Mario Batali)

“As a cook who enjoys kitchen experiments, I love Carla’s stories of how she develops her delicious dishes, tinkering with flavor combinations until she gets them just right. And they really are 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 Make the Bread, Buy the Butter)

About the Author

Carla Hall attended L’Academie de Cuisine in Maryland and is owner and executive chef of Carla Hall Petite Cookies, an artisan cookie company based out of Washington, DC. A cohost on the ABC talk show The Chew, she lives in Washington, DC, with her husband, Matthew Lyons, and stepson, Noah.

Genevieve Ko is coauthor of Home Cooking with Jean-Georges and senior food editor at Good Housekeeping.

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Customer Reviews

Super delicious easy to follow recipes.
Kathleen C. Ezekiel
Read it almost cover to cover and it is full of some great recipes, plus lots of personal stories and tips.
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The recipes in the book seem to be good ones though.
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Most Helpful Customer Reviews

47 of 49 people found the following review helpful By happybooks on November 7, 2012
Format: Hardcover
I purchased the book yesterday and I have to say that it's one of the best cookbooks that I have bought to date. Every time I buy a new book, I like to test some of the recipes out for dinner that night. I made the sweet potato tomato bisque, the grilled cheese and the curried beef dumplings and they were outstanding!!! My family loved them. There are so many tips to help you get it right. Carla really nails it with these recipes. I hope you all take the chance to try it.
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44 of 46 people found the following review helpful By Geraldine Ahearn TOP 500 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on November 8, 2012
Format: Hardcover
I received this book as a gift from a dear friend, who knows I enjoy collecting recipe books. As I put it to the test, my daughter asked me to make chicken-pot-pie, which is not only comfort food, but delicious. We will have that again-and-again as we love pot-pies! The mouth-watering pound cake not only smells fantastic, but I felt like an expert Chef just made it. I have at least 10 different recipes for pound cake from several cookbooks, my favorite is now from this book. Making home-made pound cake is important to me, because not only do I make it for my family, but also for friends as a holiday gift! Carla Hall is Amazing, funny, and I love her positive attitude and spirit. She tells it like it is as she does on TV, with style and family tradition. The recipes are easy, quick, and aim to please, whether it's for a family dinner or a social gathering.A very entertaining recipe book that I will cherish in my collection. I enjoy experimenting as much as the author, and there's always a favorite recipe from each book I own. However, I already have 2 favorites from this delightful cookbook. Insightful, fun-filled, and enjoyable. Highly Recommended!
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26 of 29 people found the following review helpful By Chef AM on November 7, 2012
Format: Hardcover
I loved Carla on Top Chef for her big personality and her enormous heart. I'm so excited to own some of her soulful recipes, especially her winning Chicken Pot Pie (with crust on bottom!). Every recipe shows her spirit and passion for food. Check out The Chew for more delicious comfort food recipes from Carla Hall.
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15 of 16 people found the following review helpful By Diane VINE VOICE on December 8, 2012
Format: Hardcover
Hall is a co-host of ABC's daytime show, The Chew, but I first saw her on Bravo TV's Top Chef. She reminded me of an exotic bird, tall, thin and with her down-home Southern way, I think many people (including her competitors) underestimated her. She was voted Fan Favorite from the Top Chef All-Stars competition in 2011. It was her big heart and the way she "hugged you with her food" that made people fall in love with her.

She grew up in the South and learned how to cook from her beloved granny, and then she went to France to become a model. There she fell in love with a different kind of food, and returned home to train as a professional chef. She now owns Alchemy, a popular and successful catering company in Washington DC.

Hall sprinkles the cookbook with stories from her life: the amazing meals her granny made and taught her and her sister to cook, the difficult boss she worked for in the Bahamas (I wonder if he will read this book and recognize himself), some amusing anecdotes from The Chew and my favorites, some behind-the-scenes of her most famous Top Chef moments.

On the All-Stars edition, one task was to create a birthday lunch for Jimmy Fallon. Hall whooped with joy when she was drew Chicken Pot Pie as her meal; it is one of her specialties, and she shares one of her most famous recipes in this book.

Hall also gives some great tips, like serving deviled eggs on a bed of dried washed black beans on a platter and if you want to sell your house "pop a batch of buttery yeast rolls in the oven" before a showing.

Layering flavors is a key to her cooking, and I found it interesting that she starts a meal by thinking not about the meat she will cook but the vegetables and "then builds from there.
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11 of 12 people found the following review helpful By Jemma C. Gabriel on November 13, 2012
Format: Hardcover
Hi-I just received this book yesterday as a gift and couldn't be happier. Carla Hall is a delight on the Chew,as a Top Chef contestant and am sure she's more than a competant cateress. I made the roasted carrot salad last night and it turned out great! Full of flavor and easy....most of the recipes here look like they'd appease most anyone and aren't too demanding...Carla is a breath of fresh air in the kitchen.What fun I'm going to have with this book.
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25 of 32 people found the following review helpful By Avid Reader on December 26, 2012
Format: Hardcover Verified Purchase
I love Carla Hall on The Chew tv show and I was so excited to buy her cookbook. Upon receipt and going through the book I became very disappointed. On the show, Carla makes a lot of desserts, yet to me the Desserts section of the book was very disappointing. Lots of obscure dessert recipes that my family would not eat. Also, very few pictures of the finished recipes, instead, for some crazy reason that I don't understand, they include pictures such as a full page picture of partially shucked corn-on-the cob! how crazy is that. Or a full-page pic of raw meat. Why not include a picture of the finished recipes? I know what unshucked corn looks like! The other recipes are also very obscure and use some ingredients that you would not commonly have at home. I love Carla, but I was disappointed with the book.
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8 of 9 people found the following review helpful By RichPierre on March 21, 2013
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I love Carla on the chew but the recipes were not as simple and easy as the ones I was hoping for.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Harvey Morris on January 27, 2013
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I just cracked open this book today and was blown away. The photography is stellar. The back stories behind the recipes are so personal that it's like Carla's talking to you alone. And I've learned some great insight into regional differences in one of my favorite dishes: corn bread. This book was obviously written with love.
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