Tuesday, August 14, 2012

Food Family Style by Leigh Oliver Vickery - Reviewed

About the Book: (from Revell)

365 Simple and Tasty Recipes to Satisfy the Entire Family
Your family is busy. But you still have to eat! Reclaim the family dinner in your household with these mouthwatering recipes, sure to draw your family into the kitchen and around the table day after day. From tasty breakfasts, soups, and salads to easy main dishes and desserts, Food Family Style delivers delicious recipes such as:
  • Easiest Chinese Chicken Lettuce Wraps
  • No-Rise Cinnamon Rolls
  • Breakfast Pizza
  • Grilled Apple Cheddar Sandwich
  • Bistro Tomato Basil Soup
  • Pesto Pasta Salad
  • Slow Cooker Jambalaya
  • Mexican Lasagna
  • Molasses Barbecue Beans
  • Southern Pecan Pie
  • Toffee Ice Cream Squares
  • Easy S'More Bars
  • And much more!
Throughout Food Family Style you will find symbols indicating recipes that double easily, freeze well, are gluten free or vegetarian, can be made in a slow cooker, or are favorites contributed by moms around the country. And since there's more to mealtime than just the food, this innovative book also includes tips about how to involve your kids in meal preparation, meaningful conversation starters, and simple ideas to bring warmth to your home.

My Thoughts:
“[Jesus] ate with us at our tables and explained that he was the bread and wine of our lives, fulfilling the hunger in each of us to know security, unconditional love, contentment, and peace.” (p.56)

I love to cook good meals for my family.  Always have.  And I grew up in a home where our family really connected around the table over a good meal.  It has always been a meal that drew our family together, ministered to friends and church members…a huge part of my life always.

So I read through the introductions of each chapter of Leigh Oliver Vickery’s Food Family Style, and found a solid truth that made a natural introduction to each food group.  The recipes range from very easy, to moderately complicated, but none of them are super out of reach, nor or the ingredients so unique that they can’t be found in the regular grocery store.  In my opinion, that’s a good cookbook!  You are encouraged and gifted with great recipes that will make your family happy.  Truly, a winning combination.

If you enjoy cooking, and you enjoy serving your family, pick up a copy of Food Family Style!  You’ll be glad you did!

About the Author:
Leigh Oliver Vickery is creator and founder of Leigh Oliver's, a specialty "fun food" company with numerous products on the market in at least twenty-five states and grocery chains, including Whole Foods Market and Costco. She is the former food editor of the Tyler Morning Telegraph in Tyler, Texas, and now blogs at www.onebighappytable.com.

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