REVIEW – Y’all Come Over #Cookbook

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Y'all Come Over

Y’all Come Over: A Celebration of Southern Hospitality, Food, and Memories

  • Hardcover: 272 pages
  • Publisher: Thomas Nelson (October 8, 2013)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1401604846
  • ISBN-13: 978-1401604844
  • Cover price $24.99

ABOUT Y’ALL COME OVER

“Y’all come over” translated for those of you who may not be fluent in Southern speak means, “I’ve got plenty of food and my home is open and ready for a visit.” Sure, some events call for pulling out mama’s fancy china and fresh flowers. But how does a hostess with the mostess dazzle her guests when the big game is on or unexpected guests arrive? In, Y’all Come Over! A Celebration of Southern Hospitality, Food, and Memories (Thomas Nelson, October 2013, $24.99, ISBN 9781401604846), culinary professional, Patsy Caldwell delivers the perfect menu suggestions for just about every occasion a Southern entertainer might encounter. A follow-up to the prior cookbook collaborations, Bless Your Heart and You Be Sweet, Y’all Come Over is delightfully accompanied by heartwarming and often hilarious stories set in the fictitious town of Luckettville; written by New York Times bestselling writer, Amy Lyles Wilson. Southern novel fans and cooks alike will once-again be inspired to make their kitchens a place where friends and family will look forward to landing. All that’s left to do is….say it with me…..-‘Y’all come over!’

Patsy Caldwell has been a culinary professional for more than fifty years in a career that has included teaching, catering, cooking, and writing. She is a mother of two and grandmother of two. She lives in Charlotte, Tennessee next to the water tower with her husband Bill where they enjoy entertaining anywhere from two to twenty two people depending on the occasion.

MY THOUGHTS

Chapters include:

  • Family Fireworks
  • A House Divided
  • After the Ball
  • Dinner For Two… Me And You
  • Dinner With The Preacher
  • All Politics Are Local
  • Lending A Helping Hand
  • Cooking From the Garden
  • Cooking With Honey
  • Making Memories
  • Surprise, Surprise
  • Guess Who’s Coming To Dinner

Each chapter of this cookbook starts with a story. Truthfully I find cookbooks like this a bit disjointed, as I never know exactly where to find what I want since the titles don’t make obvious what sort of recipes are in that chapter. I would find an index in a cookbook like this immeasurably helpful. That being said, the actual recipes are all simple and easy to understand. Cooking and prep time is not included, things I find so helpful when determining what recipe I’m going to make. There are many color photographs throughout the book, but not one for each recipe. This cookbook would be best for someone that enjoys reading and knowing a little background about a recipe, and who has plenty of time to read the book before looking for a recipe.

What’s your go-to solution for serving unexpected guests?

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3 comments

patricia Marsden December 7, 2013 - 10:30 am

Unexpected visitors and no time to prepare, I get take in.

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Herby December 11, 2013 - 11:53 am

Usually spaghetti or pasta – quick and easy!

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Gianna December 13, 2013 - 8:08 pm

Pasta dishes or whatever i’m already making. I’m always making something!

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