A one-of–a-kind cookbook, Savory Sweet Life is a wonderful collection of inventive and playful family recipes that celebrate the everyday moments in life—from birthday parties and family game nights to potlucks and summer backyard barbecues. Alice Currah, whose popular food blog, SavorySweetLife.com, attracts half a million page views every month, now combines warm, personal stories, helpful advice and time-saving tips, and real-life food for those together times that the whole family will love— whether it’s Pulled Pork Tacos and Chocolate Chip Cookies on family game night or Creamy Tomato Soup with Grilled Garlic Cheese Sandwiches and Spiced Gingersnap Cookies on an unexpected snow day.
ALICE CURRAH is an internationally recognized food blogger whose site, SavorySweetLife.com, is part of the Martha's Circle blog network. She is also a weekly food contributor for PBS Parents and a contributor to the Pioneer Woman's Tasty Kitchen recipe-sharing site. She has been honored as one of Babble's Top 100 Mom Food Blogs of 2011 and one of the "Eight of the Very Best Food Bloggers" on Forbes.com and by Williams-Sonoma as Best of the Web. One of Alice's photographs was selected as the winner of Saveur magazine's first-ever cover contest. She lives in Seattle, Washington, with her husband, Rob, and their three children.
A bound version of Currah's popular blog of the same name, this collection of 100 comfort food dishes for all occasions and seasons is a mixed bag of interesting takes on classics (Mulligatawny Pot Pie), comfort food standards (including beef stew and chocolate chip cookies), and banal filler (she points out that a sharp knife makes for easy cutting, and a recipe for oven-broiled s'mores seems particularly unnecessary). But what makes this cookbook a must-have is its focus on organizing dishes according to events, and not just holidays. Currah provides suggestions for everything from Sunday mornings, a birthday party for a tween, Father's Day, potlucks, family game nights, Valentine's Day, a block party, a welcome home celebration, and more. Hosts will appreciate simple but impressive fare like an olive, pesto, and tomato tart; homemade biscotti; cucumber-mint tea sandwiches; and sweet and spicy wings, all of which come together with minimum fuss and seldom a hard-to-source ingredient. More time-consuming dishes include from-scratch cinnamon rolls, corn pudding, and a "molten lava cake" made with Nutella. For those without an upcoming event, Currah also organizes her offerings according to traditional categories and individual ingredients. Photos.Publishers Weekly
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“Savory Sweet Life is cover-to-cover crowd pleasers.... Alice Currah offers classic dishes and fresh variations…. And kid-friendly treats such as root beer floats, oven-broiled s’mores and caramel corn, are great for little ones, or even adults that just want to feel like a kid again.”Seattle Weekly
“If you’re thinking of buying food blogger Alice Currah’s new cookbook, “Savory Sweet Life,” make sure you’ve got some free time ahead of you - because once you see the luscious pictures inside, you’ll want to get into the kitchen immediately.”Huffington Post
“Currah’s approach to food is simple and family-friendly, but she elevates everyday from ordinary to extraordinary. Savory Sweet Life is a good choice for the home cook who wants to feed his or her family delicious food that is easy to prepare.”Shelf Awareness
“Deliciously photographed and lovingly shared, Alice’s recipes remind us to savor and celebrate life. To not just enjoy the meal, but to cherish the moments around them as well.”Angie Dudley
“Savory Sweet Life is the perfect title for this book. Most of us either cook or bake; Alice Currah does bothbeautifully. Savory Sweet Life offers a peek into Alice’s kitchen, one simple celebration at a time…she shares creative, appealing recipes that bear all the signs of a savvy cook.”Pam Anderson
“I’ve been a fan of Savory Sweet Life from the beginning, because Alice pours her heart and creativity into everything she cooks, bakes…and writes. I could marry Alice’s Caramelized Onion Clam Dip and live happily ever after with her Rustic Spiced Plum Tart. You’ll want to savor every yummy dish!”Ree Drummond