Monday, June 11, 2012

Nashville Kat's The Happy Husband Cookbook ~ Reviewed

By Nashville Kat
Illustrated by Canteen Slim
Tin Boot Publishing

A note from Kat about her book, The Happy Husband Cookbook.

"My cookbook has 204 tried and true recipes, the things we eat at our home daily. It is filled with black and white drawings my husband did. I decided to start a cookbook when I got married a little over 4 years ago. The book came from this. My husband did the art work on the front. The picture hangs on our kitchen wall and one day while having lunch together I looked at it and said, 'there's my cover.' I had the title for the book first then it all came together at lunch that day."


Since I’m a person that absolutely needs a cook book to cook, I was thrilled to receive a review copy of this new cook book by radio personality Nashville Kat. My husband is the Chef in our house, I know he’d be great on that show “Chopped” where they have a basket of 4 ingredients and you have 5 seconds to make decide on something amazing out if them in just one hour. I’m hyperventilating just thinking about being in that situation. I don’t know about you but I would need a week to look through all my cook books for ideas and forget about making anything in just one hour. I don’t know my way around the kitchen that well! Grin! I know when it’s my turn to cook I need help!

Are you like me and looking for a meal my family will love, won’t be too hard to make and won’t cost you an arm and a leg to put it on the table? Stuck in a rut of family dinner selections and looking for something new that isn’t too hard to make? Do you want to make yummy meals your whole family will love, that will also have everyone feel full and satisfied?

Well I have good news for you, The Happy Husband Cook Book will not only make your husband happy but your kids will jump for joy too!

I have a 20, 17 and 14 year olds in my house that can be so picky about what they want to eat. I was overjoyed when they didn’t roll their eyes at trying something new and then asked for seconds. Hooray!

This book is filled with over 200 recipes and can be purchased at Nashville Kat's husband Canteen Slim has illustrated this book. There are fun food facts all through the book on the bottom of the recipes. For example under her recipe for Chicken Supreme it says that this recipe is a throw back from the 60' and goes on to say, "This is a classic recipe that you can't even locate by doing a search on Google!" (How did we ever live without Google?)

Nashville Kate said this about some of her recipes, "The Hash Brown Casserole is full of cheese and sour cream and it's so yummy! The Marinated Flank Steak is work the price of the book alone. The Peanut butter Planets will melt in your mouth. I also have a great overnight Fried Chicken recipe and there's a 2 ingredient whole chicken for the crock pot - using just BBQ sauce - It just falls off the bone!"

This book is filled with yummy food treasures! The recipes have easy to find ingredients, instructions that were easy to understand and follow and meals my family loved. I was amazed when they asked for seconds on the meals I served (they couldn't ask for thirds because I didn't make a big enough batch!! Grin!) These recipes will also be a hit at church potlucks and with your friends.

I tried several recipes from the dinner, soup and dessert categories and look forward to trying the breakfast meals which include the Breakfast Casserole, Dutch Pancakes, Grandma Bert's Cinnamon Rolls, Mouth Meltin' Muffins, and many of the bread selections, such as Buckle-ip Biscuits, Butternut Squash Bread, Peanut Butter Bread, Iowa Cornbread and many more.

The book includes over 200 receipes that are broken down into Appetizers, Soups, Salads, Dressings, 14 Meatless Main Dishes, 33 Main Dishes, Vegetable Sides, and let's not forget about the Breakfast Meals and Desserts!! Out of the meals I made from this book my favorite were the Hash Brown Soup, South Dakota Beef Stew and Strawberry Pizza Pie (I know as I work my way through the recipes in this book we'll discover more family favorites)

This author packs so much fun and yummy recipes into about a 125 page book. I highly recommend this comfort food cook book where I know you'll discover some new family favorites of your own inside its pages, like we did!

Reviewed by: Nora St.Laurent

Bonus Review:  

Kat introduced me to a whole lot of food adventures while she worked on The Happy Husband cookbook. I had the opportunity to join delicious parties where she'd assign recipes and a dozen cooks would get together to eat, rate and suggest.

Kat was the first truly diverse foodie I had the opportunity to cook and eat with. And I had never heard of Miso or considered raw food until she shared some of her experiences with those items and those she gained enjoying food from all over the United States as well as an European adventure. She collects recipes and techniques like others might collect shot glasses or refrigerator magnets from all the special places and moments in life. 

Though this cookbook is not Vegan, and my regular readers all know that's my current recipe book collection bent, it's a keeper. Her recipes, though occasionally heavy on ingredients, are ALL heavy on love of food and folks and chock full of taste. Many of her recipes have stories and helpful hints. Kat loves taste and mouth feel and will work until it's just right, while her husband is a meat and potatoes kind of guy. Her experiences and skills as a foodie all come together to make for some great recipes. Her midwest roots and country bent also guarantee that many of these recipes are comfort foods that will become some of your favorites. Her husband's art work adds the cherry-on-the-top charm.
Reviewed by: Kelly Klepfer 

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