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If you are a fan of Martina McBride, you will want to check out her cookbook, Martina’s Kitchen Mix: my Recipe Playlist for Real Life. If you aren’t a fan of her’s yet, you will still want to check out this fun cookbook! It is filled with all the things that make a cookbook great; wonderful photography, a good mix of recipes, easy to understand directions, fun tips to make each recipe a success and a fun background story about the reason for sharing these recipes.
She calls this cookbook Martina’s Kitchen Mix: my Recipe Playlist for Real Life because she wanted to share with the reader what she is cooking right now in her kitchen. She admits that she still has a lot to learn about cooking (I love to hear that, and it made me want to delve into this book knowing that I’m in the same position with my cooking). She makes a lot of comparisons between her music and her cooking and that makes the back story a lot of fun to read. She also includes a playlist in this book and as I read through some of her favorites I started thinking about making my own playlist to cook to.
Moving into the recipes, there was a lot of info to be shared. You have all the normal stuff; recipe name, ingredients, directions, serving size, time needed to make the recipe, and a short paragraph explaining why this recipe was important to add in this cookbook. However, what I really liked were the inclusion of variations for the recipe and also what is called “Ad Lib” throughout the book. These are tips or special notes for the recipe. So for example, the recipe for Whipped Feta Crostini with Roasted Garlic, Tomatoes, and Herbs (YUM!) includes variations with Grilled Peach and Pancetta AND Warm Date and Balsamic. Followed by the Ad Lib that talks about how much she loves roasted garlic but that the recipe will still get rave reviews if you leave out the roasting step to save time.
Some other recipes that you will want to try are; Roasted Maple-Cinnamon Pecans, Eggplant and Goat Cheese Stacks with Tarragon Tomato Sauce and there are many cocktail recipes mixed in like the Whiskey Smash which includes citrus and fresh mint. You will have a lot of fun working your way through this cookbook!
Disclosure: Thank you to Oxmoor House for providing me with a complimentary copy of this e-book for review purposes. No other compensation was received, and all opinions are my own.
Here is a link for you if you would like to add this to you cookbook collection: https://www.amazon.com/Martinas-Kitchen-Mix-Recipe-Playlist/dp/0848757637/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&qid=1534861792&sr=8-1&keywords=martina%27s+kitchen+mix