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Cooking from Fool’s Gold Cookbook by Susan Mallery

FoolSusan Mallery’s Fool’s Gold Cookbook
Publication Date: August 27, 2013
Publisher: Harlequin
Pages: 272
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:

Susan Mallery Fool

Susan Mallery Fool

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.)

Modified Fettuccine with Citrus-Parsley Pesto

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!)

Pumpkin Whoopie Pies from Susan Mallery

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.

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Big thanks to my helper:

Pepper Cooking Assistant

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Note: screencaps taken from early copy of the cookbook; the finished copy may differ a bit.

September 18, 2013 - 3:11 am

Alexa Y. - That pasta dish looks DELICIOUS. I’ll definitely have to check this out, as I really need to start learning how to cook… or at least attempting to do it more, since I know the basics.

September 16, 2013 - 11:43 am

Ann - Love the photos plus a novella. Count me in.

September 16, 2013 - 11:03 am

Patty B - I love to make Hawaiian chicken over rice. The recipes sure look good.

September 16, 2013 - 11:01 am

Hannah - I love baking. Sometimes I may way too much and end up taking trays of cakes and biscuits round to my neighbors. Once I’ve started I just can’t stop!!!

September 14, 2013 - 10:10 am

Lynn R. - My favorite thing to make and eat is beef stew! This cookbook has some might good looking recipes to make.

September 13, 2013 - 11:06 am

Gmapeony - I love steak and love to make chicken parmesan; my daughter loves my marinara sauce and I make the cutlets very thin, that is the trick.

September 12, 2013 - 1:51 pm

Karen Triolo - Comment did not show; will try again.

I love making eggplant parmesan; my little daughter likes it and she is fussy.

September 12, 2013 - 1:50 pm

Karen Triolo - I love to make eggplant parmesan. Even my little daughter loves it.

September 12, 2013 - 8:26 am

Patoct - I love to cook and eat. Fav thing to eat is lasagna and I do make it as well.

September 10, 2013 - 11:19 pm

Liz (Along for the Read) - Oh my goodness, you’re making me hungry!

I love to bake, especially chocolate cookies and apple pie. And I like to make pasta so that fettuccine looks magnificent. Really I like to make anything delicious.

I’ve only read one of the Fool’s Gold books, but they are definitely a good go to for when I’m on a romance kick.

September 10, 2013 - 7:18 pm

Bookworm1858 - Your helper must have done a lot-looks tired! I just want to reach in and hug your cat though I have my own (pretty similar looking) one to hug with me right now. I’m not much interested in cooking myself but I love looking at cookbooks and watching cooking shows.

September 10, 2013 - 3:26 pm

Melissa @ Writer Grrl Reads - Oops, I didn’t realize that I was supposed to comment about something specific ;P My favourite thing to bake (and eat!) are my grandma’s chocolate chip cookies.

September 10, 2013 - 3:25 pm

Melissa @ Writer Grrl Reads - What fun to see a non-fiction review! This cookbook sounds super interesting … what a unique concept to group recipes by season. I’m not much of a cook (hubby takes the cake in that category!) but perhaps I could be inspired if I had a new book of recipes to try? 😉

September 10, 2013 - 2:56 pm

Tammy - What don’t I love to cook? I love to both cook and bake about everything. Now that fall is approaching, homemade bread and soups.

September 10, 2013 - 12:56 pm

Christine L. - My favorite thing to cook is a grilled fontina sandwich and a bowl of tomato rice soup. So, yeah, I need a cookbook with simple instructions to inspire expanding my limited repertoire. Now, my favorite thing to eat is escargots en croute, which evidences that this palate of mine is way more sophisticated than my skill!

September 10, 2013 - 12:50 pm

Cristina - Betty…I’m right there with you lol. I love to cook don’t really have a favorite thing. I love to try new things. I hate baking though.

September 10, 2013 - 12:47 pm

Cristina - Looks like a great cookbook

September 10, 2013 - 10:05 am

Daphne - my fave thing to cook is my mom’s meatloaf. so good & no one makes it like her (except i do come close). i really want to try those pumpkin whoopie pies b/c no one likes pumpkin here & i could eat them all myself 🙂

September 10, 2013 - 9:59 am

Cassie - A FAVORITE!? Oh goodness! You guys know I LOVE to cook! I guess I really enjoy making risotto despite the endless stirring it requires!!

I also love making latkes 😉

September 10, 2013 - 9:55 am

Betty - Ha… who is the ass that didn’t read the blurb before commenting?? THIS GIRL! Anyway, I love cooking…. recently I made Swiss Chard Stuffed Shells and though it required A LOT of work and lots of steps that had to be done at exactly the right time… lol it turned out really good and I had fun!! 🙂

September 10, 2013 - 9:53 am

Betty - I love cookbooks! Love that there is a novella involved too– how cool! 🙂 nom nom nom <3

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