Sunday, December 4, 2022

Southern Living’s 2022 Annual Recipes, Reviewed

It’s that time of the year again, time for Southern Living’s 2022 Annual Recipes cookbook. This cookbook featuring an entire year of recipes from Southern Living will appear oh so familiar to those of you who have gotten their volumes in the past. It releases on Tuesday, December 6th!

One thing for sure about this cookbook is that it is filled with loads of mouthwatering recipes that you are going to love. I have yet to have a bad recipe from Southern Living. They may not all appeal to me, but those that do, and those that I’ve tried, have always come out perfectly, looked beautiful, and tasted delicious.

 This year‘s book is, again, filled with new recipes to tempt every pallet. As deputy food editor, Linda Cericola says, “It’s good to be gathering again;” Southern Living has been gathering now for 55 years, hard to believe.

Containing every single recipe that appeared in Southern Living magazine throughout the year of 2022, this book is, conveniently, divided by months, as are all their previous volumes. Personally, I like this kind of division. I think it’s fun to turn to a particular time of the year in order to find a recipe to prepare. Such recipes often rely upon seasonal produce as it becomes available throughout the year, as well as heavier dishes in winter months, and lighter dishes during the warmer months.    There were many things that drew my attention in this book, among them, Broccoli Pesto Pasta, Apple Spice Muffins with Oat Streusel, Deluxe Buttermilk Biscuits with Sage Brown Butter, Oven Baked Omelet with southwestern, French, and Denver variations (I liked the idea of having the possibility of serving an omelet to a crowd), Lemon Barbecue Chicken, as well as the entire dessert section, what can I tell you? I definitely plan to try French Onion Soup Casserole. As a lover of the soup, I am intrigued at the thought of turning that into a casserole. I’ll report. I was amused by the inclusion of a recipe for Shepherd’s Pie that contained beef. A shepherd herds sheep, not cattle; Cottage Pie has beef -- just one of my pet peeves.

  You are undoubtedly going to find a lot more recipes in this book than in most cookbooks because there are pages and pages of recipes containing no pictures. That is both good and bad at the same time. I have become very picky when it comes to cookbooks, and I, personally, want a picture of every recipe that’s included. That’s not the case here. There are loads of pictures, don’t get me wrong, but if you’re expecting every recipe offered to be pictured, you will be disappointed.

Fans of the magazine, of this particular annual issue, of great food, and fine Southern hospitality will really enjoy this book.I recommend it.

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 Disclaimer: I received a complimentary copy of Southern Living’s 2022 Annual Recipes from Abrams Books as a participant in their Abrams Dinner Party Program for 2022-2023.

1 comment:

The Tote Trove said...

Southern Living's 2022 Annual Recipes does look tempting, especially with that gorgeous red velvet cake on the cover. I also love the picture of the colorful tomato slices and agree that a pic for each recipe is a must (there are definitely times I haven't had one and wondered, is this what this is supposed to look like?!). Finally, your observation made me laugh: "I was amused by the inclusion of a recipe for Shepherd’s Pie that contained beef. A shepherd herds sheep, not cattle; Cottage Pie has beef -- just one of my pet peeves." 🤣