JAMIE DEEN’S GOOD FOOD: Cooking up a Storm with Delicious Family-Friendly Recipes by Food Network star Jamie Deen shares the author’s favorite recipes for homespun family meals. At the back of the book is an added bonus called “Rooster’s Café,” a special cookbook for kids including recipes for caramel apples; the best cheesy eggs, peanut butter and jelly thumbprint cookies, and s’more ice cream sandwiches. The recipes in the body of the book are solid and easy-to prepare.

BESH BIG EASY: 101 Home Cooked New Orleans Recipes by renowned New Orleans chef John Besh, presents over 100 recipes that are simple to prepare, feature accessible ingredients, and make delicious Louisiana favorites.   The chapters included easy apps; soups & bisques; stew pot; gumbo; veggies; shrimp, crab & crawfish; rice, beans & corn; jambalaya; big fish; butcher shop; and sweetness. I can’t wait to dive into Mamma’s seafood gumbo; crab & sausage fried rice; chicken & Andouille jambalaya; and Mamma’s bread pudding with hot buttered rum sauce. Yum!

SLOW COOKER: 500 Recipes by Sara Lewis contains tons of recipes that are beautifully photographed, easy to prepare, and full of great ideas for cooking winter recipes in the slow cooker. This book is great for busy people who want easy recipes that you can prepare in advance. A few favorites include chunky chicken & basil stew; lamb tagine with figs and almonds; chicken avgolemono; and sticky toffee apple pudding.

SOUTHERN LIVING 50 YEARS: A Celebration of People, Places, and Culture from the Editors of Time Inc.’s Southern Living with Valerie Fraser Luesse encompasses the last 50 years of Southern Living magazine which has reported on, and photographed what makes the South so very exceptional and how it grown; it’s distinct regions, its music, its homes, its gardens, its food, and most importantly, its people. Now, to mark its Golden Anniversary, Southern Living presents a monumental gift book that tells the story of the South that is chock full of images, photographs, stories, and classic Southern recipes. This is not a cookbook although it contains some recipes. It is more of a chronicle of Southern life in the last 50 years.

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