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If someone would have told this Jersey girl, that she would be living in the South one day, I think I would have laughed. Fast forward many years, and here I am. I absolutely love where I live though. I have made amazing friends here, my boys go to a wonderful school, we found a terrific church, and my husband and I have found jobs working for a company that appreciates our hard work. I get all four seasons, but nothing too extreme. I see beautiful scenery and there truly is no hospitality more elegant and graceful, than here in the South. I was excited when I heard of the release of the The Southern Living Party Cookbook by: Elizabeth Heiskell, because I can't wait to join my friends in planning gatherings.
The inspiration behind this cookbook, comes from the original 1972 Southern Living Party Cookbook. The author, Elizabeth Heiskell comes from generations starting with her great-grandmother, of knowing the importance of being a hostess and entertaining family and friends. Elizabeth is now the go-to caterer in Oxford Mississippi for many events, is a TODAY show food contributor, and has appeared on many shows inlcuding Chopped. She sells homegrown gourmet items under the name Debutante Farmer, and is also a wife and mom.
The cookbook is full of ideas and recipes on how to plan events such as wedding showers, baby showers, picnics, fish fry's, holiday dinners, and even just simple get together's with friends. It also includes table etiquette, invitations, notes, and so many more wonderful incentives. There is expert advice given through the introductions of each section, and even through the recipes to have each event be flawless. The advice given by the author is easygoing and comfortable, and she advises each hostess, "The more relaxed you are, the more fun your guests will have." The majority of the recipes include gorgeous and colorful pictures, which I love because I am visual. If I can see what something is supposed to look like, I can usually do a good job of making it or putting it together.
The recipes include delicious appetizers, salads, main dishes, drinks, and desserts. These can range from dainty dishes for showers or mimosas for a girls day out, to full meals. My husband and sons were very impressed with the Cowboy Steaks and Lowcountry Shrimp Boil. I feel there is a recipe in here to not only appease every appetite, but will have that guest at the party going for at least a second serving! I would highly recommend this cookbook to anyone, and I am excited to start making some amazing dishes for my family and friends. Thanks for reading my review, y'all!