Venable has received great praise from the food world for his easy, comforting cooking style, and that laid-back feeling pervades his second cookbook. Packed with nearly 150 recipes, this volume is like having a collection of "mini" cookbooks in one convenient place.
Mix and Mingle: Transform comfort foods into party fare with Mac 'n' Cheese Bites, French Onion Soup Dumplings, Chicken Cheesesteak Egg Rolls, and Beef and Bean Tostados.
Brunch and Beyond: Make breakfast the most anticipated meal of the day with Blueberry-Lemon Ricotta Pancakes with Blueberry Syrup, Eggs Benedict Bread Pudding, Hash Brown Breakfast Pizza, and Spiced Bacon Skewers.
Quick and Easy: Use that pressure cooker you've got stashed away in the cupboard to make Chili con Carne, Osso Buco, Asian Pulled Pork, and Chicken in a Pot.
Light and Bright: Savor Skinny Fried Chicken, Seven-Layer Taco Salads, and Linguine Carbonara--dishes that not only taste good but are guilt-free.
Smoke and Fire: Start up the grill for Smoked Brisket, Surf and Turf Kebabs, Grilled Scallops with Citrus Marinade, and Bacon-Wrapped Asparagus Bundles.
Sweets and Treats: Finish off your meal with a crowning achievement such as Lemon Cheesecake Bars, Cherry Strudel, Peach Melba Icebox Pie, or Apple-Walnut Rustic Tart.
Complete with tantalizing photographs, helpful sidebars, and amusing anecdotes, this all-purpose cookbook will have your family coming back to the table again and again for more great food and great times.
Advance praise for "Back Around the Table"
"Whenever David walks into a room, he lights it up. His zest for life spills into the passion he has for food. As I was reading this new book, I found myself filled with the same joy as David; you can feel his love for all good things jumping off the pages and in his recipes." Back Around the Table" had me laughing in the kitchen and doing the happy dance."--Michael Symon, author of "Michael Symon's 5 in 5"
"I want to eat David's book from back to front From classics like Mississippi Mud Pie to newfound inspirations like his French Onion Soup Dumplings, each recipe is so well thought out, with ease in mind, and all are happy-dance-worthy There's happy comfort all over this book, really, and that's why I love David. I'm so happy to have another volume of the recipes I see him share on his show, as well as some from his home kitchen. What do you mean "Back Around the Table"? He never left "--Sunny Anderson
""Back Around the Table" brings David's personal comfort food stories to life with approachable recipes that will leave you excited to bring your friends and family back around your table."--Emeril Lagasse
"I already knew I loved David. I love spending time with him in the kitchen. I love his friendly, fail-proof approach to delicious home cooking. In "Back Around the Table, "David shares the coveted recipes for some of his favorite comfort foods, reinvented with his signature gusto for good eats--which I knew I would also love. But then I discovered his Salted Caramel Chocolate Cake--it puts every other chocolate cake to deep, chocolaty shame. And now I know he loves me, too."--Daphne Oz
- ISBN-13: 9780804176859
- ISBN-10: 080417685X
- Publisher: Ballantine Books
- Publish Date: October 2014
- Page Count: 295
- Dimensions: 9.79 x 7.65 x 1.06 inches
- Shipping Weight: 2.27 pounds
Publishers Weekly® Reviews
- Reviewed in: Publishers Weekly, page .
- Review Date: 2014-12-01
- Reviewer: Staff
QVC personality Venable follows up his popular Comfort Foods That Take You Home with an expansion of nearly 150 familiar recipes that are easy for home cooks of all tastes and skill levels. Standards like breakfast quesadillas and pasta carbonara mingle with riffs on familiar classics like the Mint Julep (mixed into a slushy version) and a chicken cheesesteak version of the classic egg roll. Chapters on slow cookers and pressure cookers enable owners to find new uses for the items likely bought on QVC, with recipes for Asian pulled pork; and smoked gouda, bacon and pea risotto. Purists may take umbrage with Venable's use of pre-made ingredients such as Velveeta and Steak-Umm chicken strips for the aforementioned egg rolls, but such components are more of an anomaly (readers are asked to create their own teriyaki sauce for grilled teriyaki pork phops, for example). That's not to say there aren't a few misses—the red velvet milkshake, which incorporates the titular cake mix with ice cream, cream cheese, chocolate syrup and whipped cream sounds questionably. Fans of Venable and home cooks in search of a reliable set of standards will find a lot to like in this practical, accessible collection. (Oct.)