Tuesday, December 15, 2009

Potluck Survival Guide Review


One of the biggest challenges for me in my home through the years has been cooking. Growing up, my family ate in restaurants A LOT! My mother did not like to cook and my father enjoyed eating out, so this made the perfect combination for our family...until I got married. I was a new wife, with a hungry husband and no cooking skills! Through the years and through much trial and error, my cooking skills have greatly improved and I feel confident in serving delicious, nutritious meals at home. But the "potluck dinner" strikes fear in the pit of my stomach. What will I cook for a big crowd? What do people like to eat? How do I cook for so many people? At our church we regularly eat potluck meals together and it is a challenge to find a recipe that is easy to cook with delicious results.
I was able to review the book Potluck Survival Guide by Cherie Kimmons, published by Five Star Publications, and I was of course attracted by the thought of some hope and creative ideas for the dreaded Potluck Supper!
This is an easy to read, full of great information resource filled with creative ideas, useful information and of course recipes! It covers the most basic details of cooking (which I needed), such as the cooking of chicken, perfect pasta and several other basics that you can build fantastic cooking skills on.
The book offers encouraging tips to expand and experiment with spices and offers recipes galore to fit any function you may be asked to bring food to. After reading this book, you will feel empowered to tackle the potluck, the team supper, overnight guests or a spectacular family dinner with confidence.
Along with the recipes, there is a wealth of information on specific group food preferences along with tips with what goes well at what function whether it is for children, athletes, brunch or holidays. There is a section on how to decorate simply and effectively for special occasions and several resources for purchasing quality food spices and specialty items.
This is much more than a cookbook, it is truly a resource to equip you and allow you to flourish in food preparation. I highly recommend this book to keep close by to reference for any occasion where food is involved. It is available at Five Star Publications for the discounted price of $18.96.
"This is a Mama Buzz review. The product was provided by: Five Star Publications for this review."

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