Savory Sweet Life: 100 Simply Delicious Recipes for Every Family Occasion

Savory Sweet Life: 100 Simply Delicious Recipes for Every Family Occasion

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by Alice Currah
     
 

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The creator of the acclaimed SweetSavoryLife.com food blog, a wife, and a mother of three, Alice Currah knows that the food we share with the people we love is more than just what we eat—it's an extension of who we are. Whether it's a leisurely weekend morning coffee cake, a birthday banana cream pie, chocolate chip cookies after a well-played soccer game, or

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The creator of the acclaimed SweetSavoryLife.com food blog, a wife, and a mother of three, Alice Currah knows that the food we share with the people we love is more than just what we eat—it's an extension of who we are. Whether it's a leisurely weekend morning coffee cake, a birthday banana cream pie, chocolate chip cookies after a well-played soccer game, or a refreshing strawberry lemonade at a summer backyard barbecue, life's simplest moments can create the most meaningful family memories.

Savory Sweet Life helps you create your own delicious memories all through the year with 100 easy-to-make—and many all-new—recipes, organized by occasion and captured in full-color photographs to celebrate your own "life happenings." From a Mother's Day Breakfast in Bed to a Tween Birthday Bash, an Afternoon Tea Party to a Welcome Home gathering, a Valentine's Day to a Christmas Morning, here are dozens of simple and flavorful recipes, using basic supermarket ingredients, that are quick and easy to prepare:

  • Sunday Mornings—Cinnamon Coffee Cake Muffins, Spinach Ricotta Quiche, Breakfast Pizza
  • Lunch Between Friends—White Chicken Chili, Strawberry Spinach Salad, Tomato Pesto Olive Tart, Crab Lemon Basil Pasta
  • Summer Fun in the Sun—Mango Frozen Yogurt Pops, Parmesan Ranch Popcorn, Oven Baked S'mores
  • Potlucks—Spicy Bacon Spinach Artichoke Dip, Creamy Pesto Pasta Salad, Heavenly Almond Pound Cake
  • Family Game Night—Baked Kale Chips, Red Cabbage Pico de Gallo Salad, Slow Cooker Pulled Pork Tacos, The Best Chocolate Chip Cookies Ever

In the warm, down-to-earth voice that has charmed fans of her blog, Alice shares personal stories, practical advice, time-saving tips, and delicious, easy-to-make real-life food everyone will love. "It's my sincere desire that the recipes in this book will become new family favorites to celebrate both everyday and special occasions. Whether you're warming up to a hot cup of cocoa on a blustery December day or are in need of a refreshing treat to keep you cool during the summer, the food from this book will help you benchmark the good stuff in life for years to come."

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Editorial Reviews

Publishers Weekly
A bound version of Currah's popular blog of the same name, this collection of 100 comfort food dishes for all occasions and seasons is a mixed bag of interesting takes on classics (Mulligatawny Pot Pie), comfort food standards (including beef stew and chocolate chip cookies), and banal filler (she points out that a sharp knife makes for easy cutting, and a recipe for oven-broiled s'mores seems particularly unnecessary). But what makes this cookbook a must-have is its focus on organizing dishes according to events, and not just holidays. Currah provides suggestions for everything from Sunday mornings, a birthday party for a tween, Father's Day, potlucks, family game nights, Valentine's Day, a block party, a welcome home celebration, and more. Hosts will appreciate simple but impressive fare like an olive, pesto, and tomato tart; homemade biscotti; cucumber-mint tea sandwiches; and sweet and spicy wings, all of which come together with minimum fuss and seldom a hard-to-source ingredient. More time-consuming dishes include from-scratch cinnamon rolls, corn pudding, and a "molten lava cake" made with Nutella. For those without an upcoming event, Currah also organizes her offerings according to traditional categories and individual ingredients. Photos.
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Seattle Weekly
“Savory Sweet Life is cover-to-cover crowd pleasers.... Alice Currah offers classic dishes and fresh variations…. And kid-friendly treats such as root beer floats, oven-broiled s’mores and caramel corn, are great for little ones, or even adults that just want to feel like a kid again.”
Huffington Post
“If you’re thinking of buying food blogger Alice Currah’s new cookbook, “Savory Sweet Life,” make sure you’ve got some free time ahead of you - because once you see the luscious pictures inside, you’ll want to get into the kitchen immediately.”
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“Currah’s approach to food is simple and family-friendly, but she elevates everyday from ordinary to extraordinary. Savory Sweet Life is a good choice for the home cook who wants to feed his or her family delicious food that is easy to prepare.”
Angie Dudley
“Deliciously photographed and lovingly shared, Alice’s recipes remind us to savor and celebrate life. To not just enjoy the meal, but to cherish the moments around them as well.”
Pam Anderson
“Savory Sweet Life is the perfect title for this book. Most of us either cook or bake; Alice Currah does both—beautifully. Savory Sweet Life offers a peek into Alice’s kitchen, one simple celebration at a time…she shares creative, appealing recipes that bear all the signs of a savvy cook.”
Ree Drummond
“I’ve been a fan of Savory Sweet Life from the beginning, because Alice pours her heart and creativity into everything she cooks, bakes…and writes. I could marry Alice’s Caramelized Onion Clam Dip and live happily ever after with her Rustic Spiced Plum Tart. You’ll want to savor every yummy dish!”

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Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780062064059
Publisher:
HarperCollins Publishers
Publication date:
06/05/2012
Edition description:
Original
Pages:
288
Sales rank:
602,436
Product dimensions:
9.16(w) x 7.20(h) x 0.80(d)

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Angie Dudley
“Deliciously photographed and lovingly shared, Alice’s recipes remind us to savor and celebrate life. To not just enjoy the meal, but to cherish the moments around them as well.”
Pam Anderson
“Savory Sweet Life is the perfect title for this book. Most of us either cook or bake; Alice Currah does both—beautifully. Savory Sweet Life offers a peek into Alice’s kitchen, one simple celebration at a time…she shares creative, appealing recipes that bear all the signs of a savvy cook.”
Ree Drummond
“I’ve been a fan of Savory Sweet Life from the beginning, because Alice pours her heart and creativity into everything she cooks, bakes…and writes. I could marry Alice’s Caramelized Onion Clam Dip and live happily ever after with her Rustic Spiced Plum Tart. You’ll want to savor every yummy dish!”

Meet the Author

ALICE CURRAH is an internationally recognized food blogger whose site, SavorySweetLife.com, is part of the Martha's Circle blog network. She is also a weekly food contributor for PBS Parents and a contributor to the Pioneer Woman's Tasty Kitchen recipe-sharing site. She has been honored as one of Babble's Top 100 Mom Food Blogs of 2011 and one of the "Eight of the Very Best Food Bloggers" on Forbes.com and by Williams-Sonoma as Best of the Web. One of Alice's photographs was selected as the winner of Saveur magazine's first-ever cover contest. She lives in Seattle, Washington, with her husband, Rob, and their three children.

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Savory Sweet Life: 100 Simply Delicious Recipes for Every Family Occasion 5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 1 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This cookbook is fun and fabulous! A great addition for any cook hoping to add easy and delicious recipes to their family favorites!