Valerie's Home Cooking: More Than 100 Delicious Recipes To Share with Friends and Family

Oxmoor. Oct. 2017. 272p. photos. index. ISBN 9780848752286. $30; ebk. ISBN 9780848755447. COOKING
Actress Bertinelli (One Dish at a Time), the host of the Food Network's Valerie's Home Cooking and cohost of Kids Baking Championship, presents recipes she's gleaned from friends, coworkers, handwritten recipe cards, and other personally significant sources. There's a substantial selection of American comfort foods (e.g., lobster BLTs, chicken potpie, slow-cooker sloppy joes, homemade baked potato tots), along with a scattering of Italian, Asian, and Mexican dishes. Home cooks who want time to enjoy watermelon margaritas and key lime martinis will be glad for Bertinelli's occasional store-bought shortcuts; for instance, she hastens to produce breakfast biscuit sammies by using all-purpose baking mix and fills a lemon icebox cake with packaged vanilla wafers and jarred lemon curd.
VERDICT Brimming with chatty anecdotes, this celebrity chef cookbook will satisfy readers seeking foods for everyday occasions and casual entertaining.
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