Wednesday, February 24, 2016

REVIEW WEDNESDAY - Around the Table - Martina McBride

Co-written with Katherine Cobbs

I will be the first to admit I do NOT need yet another cookbook. Yet when I spotted this in my local library I had to bring the book home. AROUND THE TABLE- Recipes and Inspiration for Gatherings Throughout the Year  is not your average cookbook. Martina McBride offers up so much more than appetizer recipes and the perfect dinner.  There is more to Martina than a beautiful voice. She has been entertaining in more ways than one her whole life.

The script in the dedication alone tells you the contents offer more than dinner for the family. There is an elegance to the contents between the cover. While she offers great tips for hosting the perfect dinner party, she also shares simple decorating tips using things you have around the house.

Did you know there are twelve key things to remember when hosting a party? Martina walks you through from envisioning the concept of what you want the meal to portray, through step by step planning and how to work with what you have in your pantry for those 'unexpected' occasions. She simplifies how to avoid the last minute crunch by showing you how to incorporate a planning timeline.

Are you confused about which wine pairs with what you plan to serve? Martina has you covered with 'Wine and Food Pairing 101'

With the basics out of the way, she shares sample party scenarios, complete with a menu, music playlist, decor and complete recipes for the menu. Her Gingersnap cheesecake had my attention.

Martina gets her ideas from everywhere. Downtime on tour, you will find her perusing magazines to see what's trending or scrolling through Pinterest.

And if you hurry... the publisher has set a special price of $12.99 - down from the $29.99 cover price. I'm off to order my own copy now.


Martine McBride, a Kansas native who made her debut on the charts in 1992, has earned a string of hits across twelve albums, including "Blessed", Independence Day" and "Concrete Angel". To date she has a tie for the most Country Music Association Female Vocalist of the Year Awards with four wins, has been named Academy of Country Music Top Female Vocalist three times, and has been nomianted for fourteen Grammy Awards. She lives in Nashville, Tennesse, with her husband and three daughters.

Katherine Cobbs left her job at National Geographic for culinary school on the West Coast in order to combine her love of food with her passion for writing. For two decades, she has written and developed recipes for magazines and books, collaborating with the prestigious James Beard Award winners. She resides in Birmingham, Alabama with her husband and three daughters (like Martina)

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