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The Comfort Table Hardcover – April 1, 2008

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About the Author

Katie Lee is the food and lifestyle contributor for The Early Show and has appeared on Oprah, CBS Sunday Morning, The Rachael Ray Show, The Nate Berkus Show, and Iron Chef America. She writes a regular column for Cosmopolitan and has been featured in publications such as People, Vanity Fair, Food and Wine, Town & Country, and InStyle. She is the author of the cookbooks The Comfort Table and The Comfort Table: Recipes for Everyday Occasions. She lives in the Hamptons.

Paula Deen is the bestselling author of thirteen books and an Emmy Award–winning Food Network television star. She was born and raised in Albany, Georgia. She later moved to Savannah, where she started The Bag Lady catering company. The business took off and evolved into The Lady & Sons restaurant, which is located in Savannah’s historic district and specializes in Southern cooking. She also co-owns Uncle Bubba’s Oyster House with her brother. Paula publishes a bimonthly magazine, Cooking with Paula Deen, and is a regular guest on QVC, where she sells her books and food products.


"Katie and I met a couple of years ago and became fast friends. We have so much in common, particularly our love of food. Like me, Katie's family had a huge influence on developing her awareness of food and its role at the family table. The Comfort Table is a perfect example of how the table becomes this gathering place where ideas, laughter, memories and love are shared and brought together by fantastic dishes like the ones you'll find in this book. I LOVE Katie's savory Flat Pies and her Strawberry Shortcake is nostalgic with every bite. I couldn't be more pleased to champion The Comfort Table. -- Giada de Laurentiis

"Katie Lee Joel, the sweetest Southern belle of cooking, fills your table with easy-to-do comfort foods. First up for meÉbuttermilk coleslaw for my next BBQ." -- Bobby Flay

"Is there a bigger 'foodie' than Katie Lee Joel? I doubt it! The Comfort Table allows all of us to truly understand and realize Katie's appreciation (and hunger) for all things edibleÉ.especially the cherished recipes handed down to her from family. Katie's warmth and generous spirit comes shining thru in this beautiful book; the dishes are easy to replicate and so delicious, you'll soon be taking credit for them as your own. -- Michael Schlow

"I have had more home cooked meals around Katie's table than anywhere else in recent years...and each evening, whether two friends or ten, is filled with warmth, laughter, and of course, incredible food. Southern comfort in the heart of the city...don't turn down an invitation if you ever have the chance." -- Nate Berkus

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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 256 pages
  • Publisher: Gallery Books; First Edition edition (April 1, 2008)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 141694835X
  • ISBN-13: 978-1416948353
  • Product Dimensions: 7 x 0.8 x 9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.8 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 4.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (93 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #341,531 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Format: Hardcover
I honestly tried hard to dislike this book. It had all the usual red flags for me: overly glamourous, perky, pseudo-celebrity fawning for the camera - more sex than substance. However, once I got past the pre-requisite Giada DeLaurentis comparison, I was pleasantly surprised to find some real recipes in this book.

Before I go further, I do want to categorize the cookbook as **not** for experienced chefs. The recipes are quite basic. That being the case, however, it was the perfect cookbook for me: simple, straight-forward food that I don't have to buy a lot of specialty items to make. I also like that there are photos for each recipe. What is it with other cookbooks these days and the no picture thing? Yes, there are a few too many snaps of "Katie buying cheese" and "Katie putting on her kitten heels". But the target audience for this cookbook is **not** a harried mother of 3, or someone with a lot of expensive culinary gadgets who needs a special recipe for the visiting Premier. I like the recipes because they are the kind of thing I would make when the family comes to visit: casseroles, stew, mixed drinks. And the kinds of foods that I eat several times a week: homemade soup, salads. Nothing in here that's hard, but it's not like just putting any old thing on the table either.

The book's description clearly indicates the simplicity, purpose, and outline of the cookbook. The only thing I disagree with is that the cover also states that it is "unpretentious". Sorry, Katie. Showing us a peak at your oh-so-glam bath with its marble decor is pretentious. But I like your cookbook.
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Format: Hardcover
I have to snicker at all the foodies who trashed this cookbook. Yes, the food is basic, so if you want gourmet keep on looking. I have many cookbooks by world-renowned chefs, however, I keep grabbing this one to use several times a week. Someone mentioned in their review that Katie is like a younger Ina Garten. I would agree, that opinion is probably influenced by the photography in the book. It is almost identical to the photos in Ina's cookbooks. There are many must have recipes in the book. My family's favorites are the refrigerator rolls. They are heaven; sweet, fluffy, melt in your mouth, I could go on and on. The chili recipe is a keeper. The spaghetti is definately a WV recipe (WV resident too), very yummy. Apricot braised pork chops are a quick weeknight meal that my family enjoys. I could go on and on. Bottom line is that I haven't tried anything I wouldn't make again. Give this one a try if you are looking for some truly comforting, easy recipes.
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By kk on January 31, 2010
Format: Hardcover
This cookbook is fantastic for the working lady/wife/mom (or the non-working... it's just fabulous!). The recipes are interesting but not too complicated. The ingredient list on most of them is pretty short, which is perfect for quick assembly. I've made more than a dozen of the things in the book since Christmas and each one has been a HUGE hit w/ my husband (and me!), our friends and family. The pork is so, so delish. A great staple in my cookbook collection w/ simple steps and tasty food...
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Finally a cookbook with real food everyone wants to eat, and the recipes work beautifully! I never take the time to write book reviews, but this book and its author truly warrant all the praise I can lavish on them. I had a dinner party last night with an eclectic guest list. People ranging in age from 8 to 93, from all different backgrounds and with equally diverse pallets. I didn't know what to serve. I wanted to please everyone, quite a daunting task with this cast of characters. I was thumbing through Gourmet magazine looking for inspiration when all of a sudden I realized the best thing to do was to keep the menu simple, but delicious.

I had ordered "The Comfort Table" after seeing Katie Lee Joel on Oprah, she was so warm and seemed so down to earth, and when Oprah raved about her Meatloaf I knew I had to get the book. I decided to do a test run of a few of Katie's recipes before the day of the party. This was also a wonderful excuse to stray from my rigid diet! I made the Italian Sausage and Provolone Flat Pie, and it was amazing!!! I decided to make my entire menu for the dinner party using Katie's recipes. Everything turned out absolutely perfectly!!! it is so rare that recipes are this accurate. All of my guests were in Heaven! I have never had a more enjoyable dinner party, everyone delighted in each and every dish that was served. This book is fantastic! I am going to give it to everyone I know! It will prove to be a classic!
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I was excited about this book, but found it to be a bit of a disappointment. While the recipes are simple (a plus), they're also not very interesting--there are a lot for things that one doesn't really need a recipe for (such as plain sweetened ice tea). I thought I was prepared for the fact that there would be lots of photos of the author, but I found them more annoying than I'd expected, mostly because so many had nothing to do with the food (e.g., the many superfluous pictures of the author putting her shoes on, walking down the street, modeling various dresses, etc.). I also found her commentary on the recipes kind of vapid as it didn't really provide a lot of insight about the recipes, but mostly consisted of self-congratulation. (In this respect, I found it very different from other books like Giada Dilaurentis's, which are also attractive but are focused on the food.)
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