Author: LeAnn Rice
Publisher: Thomas Nelson
ISBN: 978-1-4016-0526-1


The goal isn’t to make food that is complicated. The goal is to get everyone back to the table, together, and to extend love and grace through a meal made from the heart,” is one of LeAnn Rice’s important tips in her cookbook, The Loving Kitchen: Downright Delicious Southern Recipes to Share with Family, Friends, and Neighbors.

At two hundred and sixty pages, this over-sized paperback targets those interested in American Southern cooking. Full color photographs are spread every few pages on the left side of the book, grabbing the reader’s attention to enjoy the mouth-watering delights. After acknowledgements, an alphabetical index by recipes and ingredients is included along with the author’s short biography.

After an introduction with notes and tips from the author, there are eight chapters, seven dedicated to recipes by themes such as breakfast, breads, dips and salads, soups and sandwiches, beef, pork, chicken, fish and vegetarian entrees, vegetables and sides, and desserts. The final chapter has ideas to reach out to those in need and gather in those loved.

With ingredients and instructions written for each food creation on one or two pages, also added are the author’s personal favorites and suggestions regarding displaying the completed dish. Short Bible verses, sayings, and quotes are sprinkled throughout the chapters, reminding the importance of sharing meals with others.

Browsing through the book that contains almost one hundred and forty recipes, some of the delicious-sounding concoctions include Baked Eggs in a Cradle, Eggnog French Toast, Cinnamon Scones, Sweet Potato Biscuits, Caprese Poppers, Upside-Down Chicken Paillard Salad, NaNa’s Heart Bean Soup, Slow-Cooker Barbecue, Italian Meatloaf, Chicken Marsala, Tequila Shrimp Skewers, Fiesta Noodle Bake, Spinach Gratin, Green Bean Bundles, Elvis Cupcakes, Key Lime Pie, Rice Pudding, and Nickerdoodles.

In the last chapter, the author explains how cooking for others makes her happy, especially when someone is in need. Divulging the illness and passing of her husband, she offers eleven suggestions to reach out to those suffering by offering good ol’ Southern comfort food.

Enticing the reader with a plethora of diverse dishes with large, expressive photographs, the reader easily gets caught up trying to decide which recipe to make first to share with family, friends, and neighbors.

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