Cooking With Love

Cooking With Love

Comfort Food That Hugs You

Book - 2012
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Baker & Taylor
Collects one hundred twenty-five recipes that adapt favorite comfort foods for overall taste enhancement, including spicy carrot ginger soup, chicken pot pie and five-flavor pound cake.

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The co-host of The Chew presents an anecdotal debut cookbook of 125 recipes that adapt favorite comfort foods for overall taste enhancement, including Spicy Carrot Ginger Soup, Chicken Pot Pie and Five-Flavor Pound Cake. 125,000 first printing. TV tie-in.

Simon and Schuster
Carla Hall, co-host on ABC’s The Chew and Bravo’s Top Chef All-Stars’ “Fan Favorite,” serves up her first cookbook, with 125 fantastic recipes that revolutionize comfort food by using ingredients that bring all-time favorites to a new level of deliciousness and taste sensation.

Comfort food never tasted so good!

Carla Hall is co-host of ABC’s daily lifestyle series The Chew. Carla first won the hearts of fans nationwide on Bravo’s Top Chef. When she returned for Top Chef All-Stars, she went on to win Fan Favorite with her warmth, enthusiasm, and delicious food. In this book, she serves up more than 100 fantastic recipes that revolutionize comfort food by using fresh ingredients in her twists on tried-and-true classics.

From the Southern staple Down-Home Deviled Eggs with Smoky Bacon to silky and light Spicy Carrot-Ginger Soup to the ultimate Chicken Pot Pie with buttery crust on the bottom to her Granny’s unforgettably luscious Five-Flavor Pound Cake, Carla’s beautiful, flavorful recipes are so deeply satisfying, they’ll become family favorites in your kitchen.

Carla believes that the only way to make truly comforting food is to cook it from the heart. And she does it by making the most of seasonal, whole ingredients while keeping preparation easy and getting reliable, accurate results. In Cooking with Love, Carla shows us the love with tempting and inspiring recipes for all sorts of sumptuous dishes, displayed in beautiful full-color photographs. Carla also teaches culinary basics and shares kitchen tips as well as funny, poignant tales of her own experiences cooking with family, friends, and fellow chefs.

Publisher: New York : Free Press, 2012
Edition: 1st Free Press hardcover ed
Description: xiii, 311 p. : col. ill. ; 24 cm
ISBN: 9781451662191
Branch Call Number: 641.5975 Hal
Additional Contributors: Ko, Genevieve.


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Aug 08, 2019

We Spent A Week Cooking Recipes From This Book For Our Cookbook Blog. Read About Our Results Below!

We've always appreciated Carla Hall's simple, soulful twists on classic dishes. Elevated comfort food. Fancy home cooking. Call it what you want but please be sure to call us when it's ready! We wanted to make so many dishes from this book that we'll definitely re-visit it for part two (and three)! Here are the dishes we chose:

• Bacon, Blue Cheese and Apple Stacks - Another excuse to use some of our homemade bacon! This would be a fantastic party appetizer if you scaled down the size a bit (and figured out a way to keep the apple slices from browning. I bet pears would also go well with these flavor combinations. We enjoyed these along with the Smothered Pork Chops (below).

• Celery and Blue Cheese Slaw - Another dish that can be enjoyed on its own or, in our case, served atop the Buffalo Wing Burger (below). A very easy dish to prepare that would feel just at home resting on a Triscuit.

• Summer Vegetables in Green Chile Broth - There are several steps in the process but the result is so worth it! Developing flavors generally takes time and this dish is no exception. The subtle heat from the jalapeño, the bright acidity from the lemon zest, the pleasant sweetness from the corn - it's all here! We were intrigued (and, if we're being honest, slightly skeptical) by the marriage of a cold puree into a hot broth but the dish was a real standout - especially on a 90 degree Chicago Summer day! Once we finished our photographs, we even added a bit of blue cheese to the bowls for some next-level deliciousness!

• Golden Raisin Scones - This was a fairly straightforward recipe. The only deviation we made was to increase the size of the biscuit cutter for the dough. 1 1/2 inches is simply too tiny! We opted for something closer to three inches and still yielded nearly two dozen scones - which our dear neighbors happily devoured.

• Granny's Slow - Cooked Sunday Smothered Pork Chops - Another simple, yet tasty, recipe. Our local butcher set us up with some gorgeous thick-cut pork chops. When you keep the preparation clean and simple, it's hard to mess this up. The choices of Worcestshire, cider vinegar, Dijon, molasses and allspice for the seasoning were very thoughtful.

• Buffalo Wing Burgers - Previously, the thought of ground poultry would make us recoil in horror. Consider us converted after making this dish! These were really delicious! Topped with spicy mayo and the previously mentioned Celery and Blue Cheese Slaw took this humble chicken burger to the next level! The spice level is definitely assertive so be warned! We served these on a brioche bun but a quality pretzel roll would have been equally as yummy.

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