Saturday 7 March 2009

Book Review: Stir, Laugh, Repeat: Finding Joy While Playing in the Kitchen

My review of the cookbook, Stir, Laugh, Repeat, by Martha A. Cheves:

Stir, Laugh, Repeat by Martha A. Cheves is an old-fashioned cookbook, full of recipes like your mother used to make; the recipes are practical, easy and made with everyday ingredients. This is not a book filled with overly fancy, posh recipes that will break the budget; this Martha writes for the ordinary, everyday cook.

The book has a simple layout, easy to understand instructions and is filled with appetizing recipes; the author’s culinary art is a lovely hodgepodge of sweets, dinners, veggie dishes and tasty nibbles. You get a range of yummy dessert delights from Banana Pudding to Key Lime Pie and mouth-watering main meals such as Red Beans and Rice with Smoked Sausage or Baked Spaghetti. And peppered throughout the book are assorted savouries such as Creamy Potato Salad, Meatloaf Muffins, Sticky Biscuits, and Monkey Bread.

Each recipe comes accompanied with a helpful and engaging explanation, with comments and background any cook can appreciate, and some come with useful tips and variations. They are not excessively time consuming, and easily lend themselves to adaptation (a beneficial thing when you have dietary restrictions as I do).
Stir, Laugh, Repeat is an excellent cookbook, for beginner cooks to the more experienced, and one I recommend.

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Martha A. Cheves currently resides in Charlotte, North Carolina. Her daughters, son and grandchildren all enjoy her home cooking. "Cooking for me, always came easy....writing a cookbook, on the other hand was a bit more of a challenge than I expected!"


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