In this kitschy cookbook, the owners of the Austin, Tex.–based casserole delivery company Casserole Queens share their one-dish recipes, which they describe as classic but updated with a "retro-chic, gourmet flair." "Fun for the Whole Family. Neat-O!" includes staples like baked spaghetti, tuna noodle casserole, and "Keep Austin Weird" Spam casserole. "The Savory Gourmet" incorporates more specialty ingredients like lobster (a lobster boy casserole), lamb (in a Greek pastitsio), and squid, clams, and mussels (paella). "Meet the Lighter Side" is all about lower-calorie dishes, and "Sides That Take Front and Center" includes broccoli cornbread and onion surprise. Crescent roll casserole is for breakfast; sweet indulgences like Mom's glazed oatmeal cake and peanut butter freezer pie are dessert. A final section gives the option of making casserole staples like pie and pizza dough, salsas, broths, and cream of chicken and mushroom soups from scratch. There are detailed instructions on freezing as well as tips for lightening up most dishes. In the end, this is a fun book for casserole fans. (Aug.)
From the Publisher
"I love the Casserole Queens—from their savory lasagna to their caramel bread pudding, this book is full of one-dish recipes that will rock your house!"
"This charming cookbook has hints and tips galore for America's favorite dishes—King Ranch Chicken, Tamale Pie, and Hash Brown Casserole—as well as fabulous casserole innovations like Red Snapper Veracruz, Rockin' Tomatoes Rockefeller, and Granola Oatmeal Bake. The darling Crystal Cook and Sandy Pollock, like modern home ec teachers, instruct with wit and charm (even sharing an apron pattern right off the bat). So get this cookbook, keep it on hand in the kitchen, and never be stumped again for what to bring to a get-together or have for a family meal."
—Martha Hall Foose, author of Screen Doors and Sweet Tea and A Southerly Course
"Crystal and Sandy are such a delight and their recipes offer something for everyone! This book is such a fun read I felt like I was sitting in on a chat with friends."
—Christy Jordan, author of Southern Plate
"In The Casserole Queens Cookbook, Crystal Cook and Sandy Pollock have taken all the culinary triumph, sartorial splendor, and inimitable style of the midcentury and compiled a book of remarkably delicious recipes fit for today’s dinner tables. So tie on the red-cherry apron, spark up the pilot on the Chambers, and prepare to have more fun than you’ve ever had with a 9-by-13-inch baking dish—these queens reign supreme!"
—Matt Lee and Ted Lee, authors of The Lee Bros. Simple Fresh Southern