As fans of ABC's The Chew know, Carla Hall's cooking blends her classic French training and her Southern upbringing and they also know her emphasis on fast, easy, and affordable meals. Her Carla's Comfort Foods combines all of those elements, serving up main courses, soups, salads, stews, pastries, pies, and tarts in excellent style. The cookbook also accent the international with dozens of international recipes among its 130 new offerings. A happy hootie ho to home cooks! Editor's recommendation.
Carla's Comfort Foods: Favorite Dishes from Around the Worldby Carla Hall
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Featuring 130 recipes with new variations on soulful favorites, this cookbook covers the culinary globe on an ingenious, delicious mission: to capture the international flavors of comfort.
For Carla Hall, co-host of ABC’s The Chew, food is a wonderful way to forge connections with and between people. In her delicious new cookbook, Carla’s Comfort Foods, she finds inspiration by going around the world in search of the universal home-cooked flavors of comfort. Spinning standbys into distinctive new recipes, she combines the beloved flavors of home with the most delectable, enticing spices and tastes of international cuisine. Carla starts with your essential recipe for perfect all-American burgers; from there, you can choose to do them up Persian-style with Cucumber Yogurt Sauce, lime, and fragrant spices; or give them a Vietnamese twist with pickled veggies, scallions, ginger, and cilantro; or take your burgers to Morocco with gutsy spices, chiles, and feta cheese.
Full of Carla’s entertaining stories, the book shows how seasoning can transform any simple recipe. A comprehensive spice and flavor guide lets you chart your own course in the kitchen by turning your favorite go-to dish into a culinary trip around the world. In recipes that reflect her own vivacious personality, Carla takes you from Southern Chicken with Milk Gravy to West African Spicy- Sweet Chicken Stew; from German Double-Mustard Potato Salad to Moroccan Spice-Rubbed Beef Roast to Indian Chile, Pea, and Coconut Chutney; and from Southern Peach Cobbler to Greek Baklava. We all need an aromatic bowl of chicken soup from time to time; with Carla’s Comfort Foods, you can perk it up Italian-style with fresh basil and oregano; or have a taste of India with cilantro, curry, cumin, and turmeric; for a Caribbean treat, make it fragrant with lime, thyme, and cayenne pepper.
From Nashville to Naples to Nigeria, nothing gathers friends and family around the table like the flavors of home. Now you can hug your friends and family with Carla’s incredibly flavorful takes on creamy soups and noodles, fragrant stews and dumplings, and mouthwatering pastries, pies, and tarts. Join Carla for a delicious journey!
Hall’s enthusiasm for fast, easy, and affordable home cooking bubbles over at every exclamation in her latest cookbook on comfort food. (Hall also wrote Cooking with Love; she is the co-host of ABC’s The Chew and a former contestant on Bravo’s Top Chef All-Stars.) In this collection of 130 new recipes, Hall offers her take on homey dishes from around the world—including the American South, Italy, Morocco, Thailand, Hungary, etc.—connecting cultures over the communal meal. Organized by category (soups & salads, vegetables, meat) and subcategory (creamy soups, spinach, short ribs), the book is a useful resource for beginner cooks looking for different ways to prepare staple dishes. Each recipe uses basic ingredients easily found in pantries or local groceries, and includes clear, concise instructions and at least one cooking tip. Meant to address the less-seasoned cook who enjoys cheerful reassurances in the kitchen, the book’s tone throughout is conversational—“That’s how we all relate to food, right?”—personal, and confessional. (Apr.)
Hall (Cooking with Love) is a popular former Top Chef contestant who owns an artisan cookie company and cohosts the ABC talk show The Chew. Coauthored with Ko (Home Cooking with Jean-Georges), her latest cookbook tempts adventurous eaters with 130 recipes for international comfort foods. Hall gives Mexican tomato-corn chowder, Southeast Asian cilantro fish stew, and other dishes her own twist, incorporating her preparations and tips. Recipe headnotes touch on Halls' career, personal life, and ingredient preferences. VERDICT Hall's unintimidating take on world cuisine isn't always authentic but can help novice cooks explore new spices.
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Meet the Author
Carla Hall attended L’Academie de Cuisine in Maryland and is owner and executive chef of Carla Hall Petite Cookies, an artisan cookie company based out of Washington, DC. A cohost on the ABC talk show The Chew, she lives in Washington, DC, with her husband, Matthew Lyons, and stepson, Noah.
Genevieve Ko is coauthor of Home Cooking with Jean-Georges and senior food editor at Good Housekeeping.
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OK, I did want to turn all the pages to see what glasses Carla was wearing in each photo. She delights me on The Chew so I thought I'd give her new cookbook a try. After trying several of the recipes, I must say this book will continue to have a place in my kitchen. The use of color in typing the recipes helps differentiate Carla's tips, the ingredients, and the instructions. While not all recipes include photos, there are enough to make my mouth water. Most recently I made Carla's "Cooked-to-Death-Delicious Green Beens with Potatoes" and "Spanakopita: Lemon-Scented Spinach and Feta Pie." Both were easy to make and turned out quite tasty. Yes, I made spanakopita for the first time! I added beet greens which needed to be used that day and was quite pleased with the outcome. Next up: "Tomato-Corn Chowder." As a West Coast native, I'm used to a creamy, milk- or cream-based chowder so am looking forward to the tomato base in this recipe. Thank you, Carla, for pouring your heart into this book!
Carla Hall is a chef known for her appearances on numerous television shows. With her latest cookbook, she hopes to show everyone how various cultures are connected through their cuisines. Carla demonstrates how one simple dish can be transformed through the addition of just a few regional spices. In the beginning she provides a useful spice chart that displays the connected tastes of the world. Though some of these ingredients may be hard to find, Carla provides numerous tips and helpful step by step instructions. This book provides an easy way to take a trip around the globe, while remaining in your own kitchen. Notes: This review was written for My Sister's Books. This review was originally posted on the Ariesgrl Book Reviews.
This book lived up to my expectations. I love Carla Hall and she did a nice job putting this together. There are a lot of delicious recipes in here that bring back memories. It is well written. My only wish is that it had more pictures. I