Susan Mallery’s Fool’s Gold Cookbook
Publication Date: August 27, 2013
Keywords: cook by season, cookbook with romance short story
Format read: ARC provided by McAllister PR! (Thank you!)
Why do I not review cookbooks more often? Especially one like Susan Mallery’s Fool’s Gold Cookbook. If you are a frequent reader here, you know I’m a big fan of Mallery’s series and her love stories so it’s an extra bonus to get a brand new novella within the pages of 150 mouthwatering recipes. (You may not want to check it out on an empty stomach.)
Divided by season, each recipe is made up of ingredients that are already in your pantry or are easy to find at the neighborhood grocery store. Fajita quesadillas, peach pie, watermelon lemonade, Greek salad sandwich, pumpkin spice latte muffins, breakfast burritos… the possibilities are indeed endless. In fact, it was really hard for me to narrow down which recipes to sample this past weekend. I wanted to make everything.
The cookbook is crisp looking, color coded by seasons, and easy to read. I do wish there were more pictures and the prep time was listed above the directions, but I can guarantee that whatever level you fall into in the kitchen, there is a recipe that will fit your needs and not take your entire day to prepare. (More time to read!)
Here’s a sneak peek of the inside:
Isn’t it gorgeous?
Well to celebrate the release of this cookbook we whipped up two recipes from it this weekend. I must say first that my husband is a very picky eater so we did modify our dinner choice: Fettuccine with Citrus-Parsley Pesto. It was such a refreshing and light pasta dish and instead of shrimp, we marinated chicken breast in orange juice for a few hours in our fridge and then cooked it into the pasta and sauce.
Best of all? We only needed to purchase pesto, chicken, and fettuccine for this dish. Super affordable and easy. (Oh and we topped it off with some fresh bread.)
For dessert, I broke my ban on all things pumpkin (it’s been too early!) and decided to bake pumpkin whoopie pies. Again, I had most of the ingredients (including a can of actual pumpkin) and decides how messy it is to roll balls of dough around in cinnamon and sugar, the final product was so worth it. (Even my husband who does not like pumpkin loved them!)
With the colder months coming up, I know I’m going to be more inclined to stay in and cook (since my apartment won’t be a thousand degrees) both old standbys and tasty new concoctions.
I’m really impressed with the easy to understand instructions and the variety of food contains in Susan Mallery’s newest venture. (Plus it’s adorable that the included novella lends a backstory to the fictional existence of the cookbook too!)
For fans of the Fool’s Gold series and foodies, I definite suggest adding this to your wish list immediately.
Big thanks to my helper:
McAllister PR was generous enough to provide us with 2 copies of the Cookbook to giveaway! Try your luck! Open to U.S. and Canadian residents!
Note: screencaps taken from early copy of the cookbook; the finished copy may differ a bit.