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If you are looking for a cookbook to cover you through weeknight meals, Sunday brunch, Thanksgiving dinner, cocktail parties and everything in between, then this book is for you!


I like a cookbook that has a good variety of foods, and if it has gorgeous photography? Even better!!! I mean who doesn’t like looking at food pictures, am I right? Each recipe includes step by step instructions, and I didn’t see anything too crazy that would be impossible for even the novice chef. What I really love at the beginning of the book is that there are instructions for dressings, basic marinades and spice rubs that you can literally use with any recipe! The recipes are adaptable based on what is in season and you get some simple one pan or slow cooker items, with some fancy date night ideas thrown in the mix.

Some of the recipes I tagged to make are Brown Sugar Braised Short Ribs, Beer Braised Pulled Chicken, French Toast Casserole, Crispy Brussels Sprouts, and Wine Poached Pears.

If that hasn’t grabbed your attention, there is a recipe for homemade gnocchi in here. Gnocchi you guys!!! 

If you are looking for me anytime in the near future, I will be in my kitchen cooking everything in this book!

Find out more about the book here.

Find out more about the author here.

**I received a copy of this book from Blogging for Books but all opinions are of my own.**

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  • Reply Kelsey @ somuchlife June 9, 2016 at 8:59 am

    I didn’t think about these dinner/cooking home-delivery systems starting to make cook books, but it makes total sense! I wonder if they’re only using the recipes they’ve sent out to people in the past few years in their boxes, or if this book is full of recipes that are different from the recipe cards?

  • Reply Laura June 9, 2016 at 9:41 am

    I love me a good cookbook!!! AND HOMEMADE GNOCCHI?!?!?! WHAAAA?? I’d probably either kill myself making it or burn the house down. Or both. Also, yes please to French toast casserole. Breakfast is just the best.

  • Reply SMD @ Life According to Steph June 9, 2016 at 10:06 am

    I got rid of most of my cookbooks a while back but I’ve had renewed interest in a few this year.

  • Reply carly June 9, 2016 at 10:32 am

    gnocchi is my favorite, though everything else you mentioned before that sounds amazing too!

  • Reply Rebecca Jo June 9, 2016 at 10:36 am

    French Toast Casserole? OH MY WORD!

  • Reply emelia June 9, 2016 at 11:33 am

    Brown Sugar Short Ribs?! YES please! I’ll have to check this out, thanks for sharing!

  • Reply Kate @ Green Fashionista June 9, 2016 at 11:44 am

    Ooooh I need some french toast casserole in my life – YUM 😀

  • Reply Jenna June 9, 2016 at 12:35 pm

    I had to double check, but it IS! That’s the cookbook from the Plated home delivery service that I’ve been using!

    Now you see why I love it so darn much! It’s basically those same recipes there, and you pick one and they send you all the ingredients to make it. It’s really useful when there’s a recipe using something I don’t normally have on hand or something that’s hard to find.

  • Reply Ashley @ The Wandering Weekenders June 9, 2016 at 3:31 pm

    I feel like I need that French Toast Casserole for this weekend since we’re going to have a ton of family over! All of the pictures of the book look so good!

  • Reply Tricia's Mostly Healthy Life June 9, 2016 at 3:50 pm

    I always *think* I love cookbooks and then I do not use them. Believe me, I still want them and think I will use them. haha. I do try to find ones that I will actually use and Brussels sprouts are definitely something I will use!

  • Reply Wendy@BlushandBarbells June 9, 2016 at 4:01 pm

    homemade gnocchi? I’ll be right over!

  • Reply Joey June 9, 2016 at 6:04 pm

    OMG homemade gnocchi?? YES PLEASE!

  • Reply Lindsay June 9, 2016 at 9:14 pm

    This looks interesting! I only own one cookbook… and while I adore Pinterest, sometimes you just need a book!

  • Reply HEATHER June 10, 2016 at 7:14 am

    Yum! Sounds like a fabulous recipe book and I love me some gnocchi!!

  • Reply Pamela @ A Little Glitter June 10, 2016 at 11:38 am

    This sounds fabulous! Brown Sugar Braised Short Ribs? Yes, please!

  • Reply kristen June 14, 2016 at 2:54 pm

    whatever is on the front cover looks ahhhmazing. and homemade gnocchi?! i could never make it but yum.

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