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The Comfort Table

The Comfort Table

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by Katie Lee Joel, Paula Deen (Foreword by), Miki Duisterhof (Photographer)

Nothing is more comforting than a home-cooked meal. And the best home cooking starts with fresh ingredients found close to home with foods that are local, seasonal, and organic. Raised in her grandmother's Southern kitchen, Katie Lee Joel comes from a "family of great cooks and big eaters." And she knows exactly what appeals to the home cook: recipes that are


Nothing is more comforting than a home-cooked meal. And the best home cooking starts with fresh ingredients found close to home with foods that are local, seasonal, and organic. Raised in her grandmother's Southern kitchen, Katie Lee Joel comes from a "family of great cooks and big eaters." And she knows exactly what appeals to the home cook: recipes that are delicious, easy to follow, quick to prepare, and made with readily available seasonal ingredients.

In The Comfort Table, Katie dips into her archive of family recipes and updates all the classics from her childhood growing up in West Virginia, and also creates some inventive new favorites. This mouthwatering assortment of more than 125 recipes includes Southern staples like Fried Green Tomatoes, Chicken and Dumplings, Peach Cobbler, Meatloaf, and the quintessential Pulled Pork BBQ, which stand alongside contemporary classics like Roasted Carrot and Ginger Soup, Citrus-Tarragon Mahi-Mahi, and Dijon and Pistachio-Crusted Rack of Lamb.

But The Comfort Table is about more than just good old-fashioned home cooking. It's about sharing delicious, healthful meals — made with love — for friends and family. Katie's rich assortment of recipes for starters, salads, soups, entrees, side dishes, breads, breakfast, desserts, and drinks, is accompanied by entertaining tips and anecdotes to delight the modern foodie. The Comfort Table is a comprehensive, unpretentious, refreshingly accessible guide to creating unforgettable meals for occasions big and small.

Editorial Reviews

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"Katie and I met a couple of years ago and became fast friends. We have so much in common, particularly our love of food. Like me, Katie's family had a huge influence on developing her awareness of food and its role at the family table. The Comfort Table is a perfect example of how the table becomes this gathering place where ideas, laughter, memories and love are shared and brought together by fantastic dishes like the ones you'll find in this book. I LOVE Katie's savory Flat Pies and her Strawberry Shortcake is nostalgic with every bite. I couldn't be more pleased to champion The Comfort Table. — Giada de Laurentiis

"Katie Lee Joel, the sweetest Southern belle of cooking, fills your table with easy-to-do comfort foods. First up for meébuttermilk coleslaw for my next BBQ." — Bobby Flay

"Is there a bigger 'foodie' than Katie Lee Joel? I doubt it! The Comfort Table allows all of us to truly understand and realize Katie's appreciation (and hunger) for all things edibleé.especially the cherished recipes handed down to her from family. Katie's warmth and generous spirit comes shining thru in this beautiful book; the dishes are easy to replicate and so delicious, you'll soon be taking credit for them as your own. — Michael Schlow

"I have had more home cooked meals around Katie's table than anywhere else in recent years...and each evening, whether two friends or ten, is filled with warmth, laughter, and of course, incredible food. Southern comfort in the heart of the city...don't turn down an invitation if you ever have the chance." — Nate Berkus

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Meet the Author

Katie Lee is the food and lifestyle contributor for The Early Show and has appeared on Oprah, CBS Sunday Morning, The Rachael Ray Show, The Nate Berkus Show, and Iron Chef America. She writes a regular column for Cosmopolitan and has been featured in publications such as People, Vanity Fair, Food and Wine, Town & Country, and InStyle. She is the author of the cookbooks The Comfort Table and The Comfort Table: Recipes for Everyday Occasions. She lives in the Hamptons.

Paula Deen is the bestselling author of thirteen books and an Emmy Award–winning Food Network television star. She was born and raised in Albany, Georgia. She later moved to Savannah, where she started The Bag Lady catering company. The business took off and evolved into The Lady & Sons restaurant, which is located in Savannah’s historic district and specializes in Southern cooking. She also co-owns Uncle Bubba’s Oyster House with her brother. Paula publishes a bimonthly magazine, Cooking with Paula Deen, and is a regular guest on QVC, where she sells her books and food products.

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Comfort Table 3.5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 19 reviews.
Guest More than 1 year ago
I bought this cookbook last week, and have tried out a few of the recipes. The ' 'Billy's skirt steak marinade' is excellent, and my family loved it (all picky eaters). The savory flat breads are amazing, too. If I like nothing else, these two recipes make the book worth the price of admission! The Chicken Divan is next on my list!
Guest More than 1 year ago
This is the first cook book I haven't been overwhelmed by, and don't need a glossary of cooking terms. The recipes are great, easy to follow, and take under a half hour of preparation. There's a lot of insight into entertaining, and there are different recipe categories '& drinks too!' As a very, very basic beginning level cook & hostess, this book I can actually relate too. My new fiance' is thrilled with the recipes too. I love at the end of the book, she lists kitchen tools and basics to have on hand, which helped me tremendously when I was registering for wedding gifts! As far as I'm concerned, this girl can do no wrong and I really hope she does another cook book.
Guest More than 1 year ago
Once I bought the book I could hardly wait to get it home. It's a very beautiful book, photography is exceptional. Recipes are fresh and interesting with some homestyle basics thrown in. Her little stories are precious and a great addition. Overall, very nice first effort I would recommend it. Would love to see her on her own show, she is beautiful, relaxed & 'THE GIRL CAN COOK!'
Guest More than 1 year ago
I was very pleasantly surprised with this cookbook. The recipes looked like the same ones we are seeing these days, but upon further reading and trying the recipes I found them to be just the opposite. The recipies are easy to follow, most are not time consuming, and use healthier ingredients. I was very excited to find a new recipe for Chicken Divan, it is delicious! I am going to recommend this cook book to others. It is a great new cookbook that is perfect for preparing interesting meals during the week when I have little time to spare. Thank you!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This is a great "basic" book. Recipes for the simple things in life- meat loaf, mashed potatoes, etc.- with a twist to make them special. But not "fancy" the way Martha would make them. Really good family fare that takes foods you know to the next level. We use this for weeknight dinners at least twice a week. One of my best investments.
Guest More than 1 year ago
It delivered great recipes and a really wonderful insight to a warm and loving family. Recipes are simple and delicious. I wish Katie all the best and look forward to more of her cookbooks.
Guest More than 1 year ago
I saw a salad that Katie fixed on TV it was fixed with Fresh corn sliced off the cob,avacodo,grape tomatoes and chopped sweet basil,dressing was red wine vinegar and oil. My family loved it!!!!!!!
Guest More than 1 year ago
I just purchased this book and am LOVING the recipes. Not only do most of them look delicious, they also appear relatively easy to make. Very impressed!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
"A reviewer" wondered why a cook book would include sweet tea. I moved here from the north and fell in love with sweet tea, but  could never make it taste as good as other people made it. i learned,  but asked friends for help. What one person thinks is easy may nott be so  for another. This cook book doesn't judge people, but actually wants to help  people learn to make new things. There are probably some thingis i think are easy and others would not know. I would show them, not insult them as you would. Try being kinder as the cook book is in helping others rather then degrade them.
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I made 4 recipes and 3 were absolute duds. The other one was nice.
Guest More than 1 year ago
This book is very simplistic and offers nothing particularly unique. The meals are quick and easy which is a bonus - but there is nothing you have not had before or couldn't come up with on your own. Author seems very phony - so the sentimental tone the book reaches for fails, too. I feel like I wasted my money.
Guest More than 1 year ago
I saw a copy today and it was a pretty average take on food. Her spin on these recipies and family ancidotes aren't worthy of my money.
Guest More than 1 year ago
Any cookbook that has a recipe for sweetened ice tea makes me think the author isn't really a cook. Who doesn't know how to make sweetened ice tea...you make tea you add sugar. If you want to see a lot of pictures of the author this is a good book for that. For cooking....not so much!