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Savory Sweet Life: 100 Simply Delicious Recipes for Every Family Occasion Paperback – June 5, 2012
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“Deliciously photographed and lovingly shared, Alice’s recipes remind us to savor and celebrate life. To not just enjoy the meal, but to cherish the moments around them as well.” (Angie Dudley, author of Cake Pops)
“Savory Sweet Life is the perfect title for this book. Most of us either cook or bake; Alice Currah does both--beautifully. Savory Sweet Life offers a peek into Alice’s kitchen, one simple celebration at a time…she shares creative, appealing recipes that bear all the signs of a savvy cook.” (Pam Anderson, author of the Perfect Recipe series and How to Cook Without a Book)
“I’ve been a fan of Savory Sweet Life from the beginning, because Alice pours her heart and creativity into everything she cooks, bakes…and writes. I could marry Alice’s Caramelized Onion Clam Dip and live happily ever after with her Rustic Spiced Plum Tart. You’ll want to savor every yummy dish!” (Ree Drummond, author of The Pioneer Woman Cooks)
“Savory Sweet Life is cover-to-cover crowd pleasers.... Alice Currah offers classic dishes and fresh variations…. And kid-friendly treats such as root beer floats, oven-broiled s’mores and caramel corn, are great for little ones, or even adults that just want to feel like a kid again.” (Seattle Weekly)
“A must-have [with] its focus on organizing dishes according to events, and not just holidays. Hosts will appreciate simple but impressive fare like an olive, pesto, and tomato tart . . . and sweet and spicy wings, which come together with minimum fuss and seldom a hard-to-source ingredient.” (Publishers Weekly)
“If you’re thinking of buying food blogger Alice Currah’s new cookbook, “Savory Sweet Life,” make sure you’ve got some free time ahead of you - because once you see the luscious pictures inside, you’ll want to get into the kitchen immediately.” (Huffington Post)
“Currah’s approach to food is simple and family-friendly, but she elevates everyday from ordinary to extraordinary. Savory Sweet Life is a good choice for the home cook who wants to feed his or her family delicious food that is easy to prepare.” (Shelf Awareness)
From the Author
This cookbook is about great memorable food, family and friends, and celebrating the joys of everyday life. As I developed the recipes I was mindful of how busy families are these days and the reasons why people are too busy to cook, intimidated by a lack of confidence in the kitchen, or a combination of both. I wanted to write and photograph a cookbook that I could use (from a practical standpoint) everyday to feed my family, draw inspiration from, and have my kids someday recall their favorites recipes from their youth with a strong feeling of love and connection to me. I also wanted to write a cookbook which was a true representation of my life.
Chapters dedicated to both Mother's Day and Father's Day, birthdays, potlucks, hosting friends for lunch, Sunday mornings, meals for caring for others, summer entertaining, and many more will inspire you to cook with confidence and with ease. With each recipe accompanied by a gorgeous color photo, they are easy, accessible, and so delicious that people will think you are a gifted home cook based on how good the dishes are.
In case you're wondering if I actually cook these recipes throughout the year, the answer is a resounding YES! All the time! Several of my closest friends can vouch for how often I bring these recipes to parties and potlucks. The recipes in the cookbook are indeed my go-to dishes for feeding family and friends for any occasion. From our home to yours, we hope you enjoy SAVORY SWEET LIFE.
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Top customer reviews
So far, I've made the Thai marinated chicken skewers (so amazing and full of flavor, and SIMPLE to make), the accompanying coconut sauce (which I could drink by the gallon by itself--also really easy to make), the cucumber salad, the heavenly almond pound cake (though this has a sinful amount of butter [4 sticks] and cream cheese [8oz] in it, but is certainly delicious and melts in your mouth), and finally, Alice's "best ever chocolate chip cookies."
Now, while I can't say that they are truly the best ever, given that there are probably, literally, a million different chocolate chip cookie recipes out there, these cookies are definitely up there. Very soft, chewy, and great ratio of chocolate to dough. If you care to try Alice's cookie recipe, she has it posted on her blog, and once you make it you should know that they are a preview to how good the other recipes are in her cookbook. In fact, these cookies inspired me to do a blog post (you can check out the post at Baker With a Cause) about a chocolate chip cookie sampler where I compare 3 chocolate chip cookie recipes (one of which is Alice's, and the others are from Joy the Baker, and Joanne Chang's cookies from her cookbook flour). Her recipe is definitely a keeper! And the book is a wonderful addition to any cookbook collection, especially if you have kids and are thinking of ways to add both kid and adult-friendly meals to your cooking repertoire.
I have thoroughly enjoyed this cookbook. I made the Creamy Pesto Pasta Salad for our last church potluck, and it was a big hit with everyone. I especially enjoy the sweets in the book, and have tried several with nothing but great results every time. The Peanut Butter Cookie Frosting is so simple, but just perfect! One of the most appealing aspects of her recipes is the simplicity of them, and I appreciate that the ingredients are usually on-hand without having to hunt down something strange. One great thing about having the Kindle version is that I always have my Kindle on-hand; I can just pull it out at the grocery store and double-check the recipe in case I need something. Her photos are beautiful, too.
I think this book will appeal to all kinds of cooks. I highly recommend it.
The book is uniquely organized, colorful, has lots of well done pictures and the recipes are different from your every day cookbook. Her recipes cover events and holidays for the family and I believe they are fairly family-cost-friendly.
Great book, great purchase!
Most recent customer reviews
Very good step by step instructions and good photographs. I highly recommend it.