Now, in his anticipated debut cookbook, Venable shares 150 delicious recipes of hearty, easy-to-make, comforting dishes. "In the Kitchen with David "covers everything from appetizers and breads to soups and salads to main courses and sides, as well as his lifelong love of bacon (The Divine Swine ). You'll get ideas for quick Monday-to-Friday dinners, let-it-cook-all-weekend suppers, savory breakfasts and brunches, cocktail party fun, game-day eats, and family reunion feasts. And of course, no Southern-influenced cookbook is complete without a little something sweet. Venable's favorites include
Party Starters: White Bean and Sun-Dried Tomato Dip, Chicken Nachos, Cheddar-Broccoli Poppers with Ranch Dipping Sauce, Cheesy Crab Stuffed Mushrooms
Supporting Players: Summer Squash Fritters with Garlic Dipping Sauce, Scrumptious Hush Puppies, Mom's "Browned" Rice, Sweet Potato-Pineapple Casserole
Main Events: Breaded Pork Cutlets, Chicken Marsala, Braised Beef Short Ribs, Low Country Boil
Sweet, Sweet Gratification: Deep Dish Apple Pie, Flourless Chocolate Cake, Banana Pudding Cheesecake, Peach Cobbler
Loaded with gorgeous photographs, helpful "Dishin' with David" tips, and personal anecdotes, "In the Kitchen with David "encourages you and your family to gather around the dinner table for great meals and, more important, great memories. After all, the portions are generous; the options are limitless.
Foreword by Paula Deen
Advance praise for "In the""Kitchen with David"
"David Venable's unbridled love for good, hearty comfort food is absolutely infectious. He knows what delicious food tastes like, and one peek at the recipes in his book had me positively drooling. I haven't been this excited about a cookbook in a long, long time "--Ree Drummond, #1 "New York Times" bestselling author of "The Pioneer Woman Cooks"
"David definitely knows his way around the kitchen, and he sure gets cooking with some comfort food in this book. And that's saying something coming from the two of us comfort food lovers "--Pat and Gina Neely, hosts of "Down Home with the Neelys"
Publishers Weekly® Reviews
- Reviewed in: Publishers Weekly, page .
- Review Date: 2012-09-17
- Reviewer: Staff
QVC’s Venable has hosted cookbook authors and sold their wares to millions of viewers. His down-home, Southern style is evident in hearty, American classic cooking, with chapters devoted to biscuits, muffins, and quick breads; casseroles and one-pot meals; and “the divine swine,” in addition to more traditional categories such as soups, sides, and desserts. The writing is sunny, with “Make It Your Own” asides meant to inspire creativity, such as passing along salsa, avocado, and sour cream with the nachos The fare is predictably middle-of-the-road, crab-stuffed mushrooms, cream of broccoli soup, and chicken Cordon Bleu mingling with the occasional kitschy invention such as cheeseburger dumplings or mini-BLTs in bacon cups. While this volume brings nothing new in the way of flavors or technique to the existing cookbook cannon, Venable’s legions of fans will find plenty to savor. Color photos. (Oct.)
Dining with David
David Venable is referred to as QVC’s “resident foodie,” but I think he should really be called their “comfort foodie.” On his cooking show, David whips up recipes that “warm your heart, stir your soul, and happily fill your stomach”—in other words, great comfort food. Now, he’s collected 150 of his down-home, downright delicious dishes in his debut cookbook, In the Kitchen with David. A warm, chatty home cook, schooled by his mother and grandmothers, David puts comfort in every course and category from appetizing starters to delicious desserts, along with helpful, time-saving tidbits and easy ideas for variations and substitutions. That so many of these recipes are familiar only adds to the appeal, and it’s so comforting to have them all together. If you crave homemade Chicken Noodle Soup, authentic Hush Puppies, Smothered Pork Chops, Barbecued Beef Brisket or Bananas Foster Bread Pudding, you only need to look in one book.
DOLLARS AND COOKING SENSE
“When the going gets tough, the tough go shopping”: Though I’m not sure who first coined those words of wisdom, they probably didn’t have Melissa d’Arabian in mind, nor our current economic woes. Melissa, the attractive host of the Food Network’s popular “Ten Dollar Dinners,” doesn’t look tough but she’s taken a tough, practical stand on savvy shopping for delicious, $10 dinners for four. She’s gathered all her spending-with-a-purpose strategies for supermarket shopping (smart splurges included), tips for stretching expensive ingredients, budget entertaining and pantry management, as well as 140 tantalizing recipes in her first cookbook, Ten Dollar Dinners. Every recipe is marked with a scale that lets you know whether a dish is cheap, pricey or in between. Then you can mix and match, pairing inexpensive Crispy Kale Chips, Tomatoes Provençal and Lemon-Ginger Pudding with more costly Pot Roast Carbonade for an elegant dinner. Go for it—serve super suppers while you save big time.
TOP PICK IN COOKBOOKS
It was love at first bite—with my first taste of Silver Queen Corn Pudding I knew Alex Hitz was a brilliant cook and knew I had to try everything in My Beverly Hills Kitchen. There are endless Southern cookbooks, but few really stand out. This one does. It’s Southern food on Alex’s terms, revived, revamped and revved up, grand old plantation recipes (plus a few newer creations) prepared to foodie-pleasing, haute cuisine specs. Charming and wonderfully opinionated, Alex supplies expert directions and expert advice on entertaining. Brought up in Atlanta, trained at Le Cordon Bleu, tested by the realities of restaurant cooking and now purveyor of prepared gourmet food, he takes us from Gruyère-laced Crab Tarts (no crab cakes here), lavish Millionaire’s Macaroni and Cheese and biscuit-crusted Chicken Pot Pie to Dorothy’s ambrosial Coconut Cake. Just promise to make the Corn Pudding first!