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.
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.