Synopses & Reviews
Carla Hall, co-host on ABC’s The Chew and Bravo’s Top Chef All-Stars’ “Fan Favorite,” serves up her first cookbook, with 125 fantastic recipes that revolutionize comfort food by using ingredients that bring all-time favorites to a new level of deliciousness and taste sensation.
Carla Hall originally won fans’ hearts on season five of Bravo’s Top Chef with her warmth, enthusiasm, and delicious food, and she went on to beat out contestants from all seven seasons to be named Fan Favorite of the 2011 All-Stars season. In 2011, Carla began hosting ABC’s The Chew and is now a familiar face to daytime television viewers across the country.
Carla’s specialty in the kitchen is enhancing great tastes while keeping preparation easy and getting reliable, accurate results. Carla believes that the only way to make transformative food is to cook it from the heart and in the spirit of joy and fun that she brings to the kitchen. Cooking with Love tells how, with tempting and inspiring recipes for all sorts of sumptuous dishes that “show the love.” Carla also teaches and shares culinary basics while providing fun tips and funny and poignant tales of her personal experiences cooking with family, friends, and fellow chefs.
From appetizers that include a fresh take on Down-Home Deviled Eggs with Smoky Bacon to gorgeous Spicy Carrot Ginger Soup to Carla’s famously succulent Chicken Pot Pie to mouth-watering desserts like her Granny’s unforgettably luscious, buttery Five-Flavor Pound Cake, Carla’s beautiful, delicious recipes revolutionize comfort food.
Comfort food never tasted so good!
"Currently the cohost of ABC's The Chew and owner of Alchemy, an artisan cookie company, Hall, a Nashville native, tackles her first cookbook. Hall describes herself as 'a simple southern girl who loves to cook and who cooks to love.' As she confirms in her intro: 'The only way you can make transformative food is to cook it from the heart.' With 125 recipes incorporating flavors from all over the world, most still are inspired by Hall's American South, where she grew up eating traditional Southern food at her 'Granny's' table. The book is separated into chapters of basics such as side dishes, vegetarian dishes, meat, poultry, and dessert enhanced by Hall's personal stories of cooking with friends and family. Down-home deviled eggs with smoky bacon, Backyard BBQ salad made with chicken and Southern fried catfish are examples of straightforward, classic dishes. Recipes with international flair include curried beef dumplings, Persian marinated lamb roast with cucumber-yogurt sauce on grilled pita, and ginger chicken stir-fry. Tips labeled 'Catering Like Carla' (Hall catered for decades) give readers extra ideas and instructions, such as having guests assemble their own tortillas by setting up a buffet line for her Cuban pork loin with marinated red onions and queso blanco. What the book lacks in continuity it more than makes up for in diversity of recipes." Publishers Weekly Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved.
andlt;divandgt;"Whoever put this book in your hands loves you - and you're about to love them right back! Carla is a born teacher.
andlt;divandgt;"Carla Hall knocks it out of the park with her first book, all about love, tradition, family, flavor and style, and flavor again.
and#8220;As a cook who enjoys kitchen experiments, I love Carlaand#8217;s stories of how she develops her delicious dishes, tinkering with flavor combinations until she gets them just right. And they really are just right. And what a range: her rustic mushroom tart is great and Grannyand#8217;s five-flavor pound cake is worth the price of the book.and#8221;
"Whoever put this book in your hands loves you - and you're about to love them right back! Carla is a born teacher. Full of useful insights, helpful quick-fixes learned from years of trial and error, and her signature humor (and patience), andlt;iandgt;Cooking With Loveandlt;/iandgt; puts Ms. Hootie Hoo herself right there at the stove next to you, every step of the way. Whether you're a novice or expert, she'll have you dancing into the kitchen to whip up unbelievably simple, sumptuous feasts from scratch, whether it's weeknight Buffalo Wing Burgers, or The Saints' Gumbo for a weekend get together. If I'm coming to dinner, please make the Groundnut Stew - it's my favorite!"
and#8220;Carla Hall knocks it out of the park with her first book, all about love, tradition, family, flavor and style, and flavor again. Her true natural ability to make things delicious is all over every single recipe. I love working with Carla on and#8220;The Chewand#8221; every day and simply get jiggy every time we get to taste her magic on set. With this sweet tome in the home kitchen anyone can make thoughtful tasty food with real style. I am making Carlaand#8217;s poetic Hoppinand#8217; John and pure-comfort chicken pot pie andlt;iandgt;tonightandlt;/iandgt;.and#8221;
andlt;Bandgt;Comfort food never tasted so good! andlt;/Bandgt;andlt;BRandgt;andlt;BRandgt;andlt;Bandgt;Carla Hall andlt;/Bandgt;is co-host of ABCand#8217;s daily lifestyle series andlt;Iandgt;The Chewandlt;/Iandgt;. Carla first won the hearts of fans nationwide on Bravoand#8217;s andlt;Iandgt;Top Chef. andlt;/Iandgt;When she returned for andlt;Iandgt;Top Chef All-Stars, andlt;/Iandgt;she went on to win Fan Favorite with her warmth, enthusiasm, and delicious food. In this book, she serves up more than 100 fantastic recipes that revolutionize comfort food by using fresh ingredients in her twists on tried-and-true classics. andlt;BRandgt;andlt;BRandgt;From the Southern staple Down-Home Deviled Eggs with Smoky Bacon to silky and light Spicy Carrot-Ginger Soup to the ultimate Chicken Pot Pie with buttery crust on the bottom to her Grannyand#8217;s unforgettably luscious Five-Flavor Pound Cake, Carlaand#8217;s beautiful, flavorful recipes are so deeply satisfying, theyand#8217;ll become family favorites in your kitchen. andlt;BRandgt;andlt;BRandgt;Carla believes that the only way to make truly comforting food is to cook it from the heart. And she does it by making the most of seasonal, whole ingredients while keeping preparation easy and getting reliable, accurate results. In andlt;Iandgt;Cooking with Loveandlt;/Iandgt;, Carla shows us the love with tempting and inspiring recipes for all sorts of sumptuous dishes, displayed in beautiful full-color photographs. Carla also teaches culinary basics and shares kitchen tips as well as funny, poignant tales of her own experiences cooking with family, friends, and fellow chefs.
About the Author
Carla Hall attended Land#8217;Academie de Cuisine in Maryland and is owner and executive chef of Carla Hall Petite Cookies, an artisan cookie company based out of Washington, DC.andnbsp;A cohost on the ABC talk show andlt;iandgt;The Chew, andlt;/iandgt;she lives in Washington, DC, with her husband, Matthew Lyons, and stepson, Noah.Genevieve Ko is coauthor of andlt;iandgt;Home Cooking with Jean-Georgesandlt;/iandgt; and senior food editor at andlt;iandgt;Good Housekeepingandlt;/iandgt;.