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6 of 8 people found the following review helpful
on October 13, 2012
What a beautifully produced cookbook. It has the feel of class the first time you pick it up. The photos accompanying the recipes are so true to life, and the taste of the recipes we tried were fantastic. It was an explosion of flavors in our mouths !!! Hubby collects cookbooks so we have cooked and tasted many different styles of "comfort foods", but never as delicious and interesting as David's. The book is easy to use, the ingredients are locally available and the recipes flow in a usable manner. You may find as I did that it truly reads as a novel. I sat down in my favorite chair and lost myself in the recipes, sometimes visualizing the table covered with a variety of dishes just ready to consume. A definite must have for your kitchen, and a treasure to share as a gift for a friend.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
on December 19, 2012
I really enjoy these recipes but the print IS too light on the pages....sometimes I need to use a magnifying glass just to read the words...otherwise, this book is a keeper!
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5 of 7 people found the following review helpful
On Sunday, I usually gravitate to QVC and In The Kitchen With David. David Venable is the resident foodie at the TV retailer and they couldn't have gotten a better person to pitch their kitchen items. Invariably, Venable incorporates the Network's wares as he whips up delectable tidbits and full meals. If there is anyone out there that you know would give you a fabulous meal if you were invited to their home for dinner, it would be Paula Deen or David Venable. By the way, Paula Dean authored the foreword to this book, but the recipes are from David Venable.
This book has a ton of great tasting and easy to execute recipes, with simple instructions and readily available ingredients. The color photographs are guaranteed to get you salivating as one thumbs through this cookbook. So far I've made a super moist and tasty pound cake that opened my sense of smell to the fragrance of lemons, a light coleslaw that is magnificently seasoned and veggie divine without being bogged down in a heavy mayonnaise, light and crispy buttermilk brined fried chicken, succulent meatloaf, and my absolute favorite mac and cheese topped with applewood smoked bacon.
Appetizers, salads, soups, main dishes, and deserts.....this book has it all.
The recipes are decidedly non-diet and won't win any skinny girl accolades, but eaten judicially in small servings this book is a culinary delight that says love, home, and comfort. I fantasize about being housebound in winter and cooking my heart out. Oops, there goes my weight.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
on November 13, 2014
First loaned this book to my sister the day I received it, she didn't give it back for about 1 month. Then my co-worker asked to see it, that was about a month ago! My sister keeps telling me to cook stuff from the book that I cannot get my hands back on ;o) My co-worker says this is a great book, but I still haven't gotten to see it yet ;o) I'm so excited, can't wait to browse ;o)
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
on October 30, 2012
I love this book - so colorful ! When you follow a career of someone so dear makes his dishes so fun to make not to mention their are so good - full of tips and he uses regular everyday ingredients - just one wish - my 60 year old eyes needs larger more defined print in the book (hard back copy) I got the online version for my iPad and iPhone so I can get what I need to cook the recipes before I come home from work! Thank you David ... Continued fan for the long term
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VINE VOICEon November 3, 2012
David Venable has made a name for himself as QVC's foodie extraordinaire. With his gregarious, fun-loving personality, he welcomes 3.5 million fans into his on-air kitchen for a culinary feast on his twice-weekly program, "In the Kitchen with David." Combining his love for Southern cooking and know-how in the kitchen, he has released his debut cookbook, In the Kitchen with David: QVC's Resident Foodie Presents Comfort Foods That Take You Home. With 150 delectable recipes, he invites cooks of all levels of expertise to embrace the welcoming flavors of Southern comfort food.

The vibrant book is divided into 12 categories ranging from appetizers, casseroles and one-pot dishes, to desserts. Peppered throughout are Dishin' with David tips that help make the recipes even better. The short vignettes included in the book allow David's fans a delightful peek into his colorful life. The book also includes a special forward written by the queen of Southern cooking herself, Paula Dean. With that kind of endorsement, the recipes have to be good!

As for the recipes, I cooked my way through the book in order to highlight what I think are the best three dishes. The meat loaf with mashed potato topping is my #1 pick. The whipped potato crust baked on top of the moist meatloaf is absolutely divine. My second favorite is the cheddar-ham cups. Simple, delicious, and a crowd pleaser, these bite-size appetizers are just the right size for a hungry bunch of teenagers. My third favorite is the shrimp and sausage jambalaya. With the perfect blend of spices, this dish is sure to put a smile on your family's faces. Overall, if you are looking for a user-friendly cookbook that would make a great gift this holiday season, I highly recommend In the Kitchen with David.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
on May 27, 2014
I love this book !!!!!!! Great recipes. It is a great book for families. I would love to try all of the recipes, eventually. So happy with my purchase !!! Thank you !!!!
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
on February 14, 2013
I enjoyed this cookbook. Read it more like a story with recipes than a cookbook.
Watch every Sunday so I feel like I got to know him more.
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3 of 4 people found the following review helpful
on February 28, 2013
I was expecting more pictures of the recipes. Disappointed since all the hype when they were getting ready to put this out.
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on December 6, 2012
The cookbook is broken down into categories like Appetizers, soups, sides, and meats like pork, chicken, beef, etc. Each section is color coded and there is a guide in the back so it is super easy to find what you are looking for. Some of the recipes have a note about how they came to be and some even have notes for additions to make it your own. So the recipes are very adaptable.

I'm a little picky when it comes to recipes. I don't like a lot of weird ingredients. That isn't the case with In The Kitchen With David. Aside from the seafood recipes, which I can't eat, there is not one recipe in this cookbook that I won't attempt. It is all good, southern, down home comfort food! Especially the desserts! YUM!

Disclosure: I received a complimentary copy of In The Kitchen With David to facilitate a blog review. All opinions are my own.
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