Former cohost of The Chew and a Top Chef All-Stars Fan Favorite, Carla Hall serves up more than 100 fantastic recipes for twists on classic comfort food.
Carla Hall first won the hearts of fans nationwide on Bravo’s Top Chef, then won Fan Favorite on Top Chef All-Stars. In Cooking With Love, she serves up more than 100 fantastic recipes for food that hugs you. With her signature tasty twists on tried-and-true classics, comfort food never tasted so good!
From Down-Home Deviled Eggs with Smoky Bacon to silky and light Spicy Carrot-Ginger Soup to the ultimate Chicken Pot Pie with buttery crust on the bottom to her Granny’s unforgettably luscious Five-Flavor Pound Cake, Carla’s flavorful recipes are so deeply satisfying, they’ll become family favorites in your kitchen.
For Carla, the only way to make truly comforting food is to cook it from the heart, and in Cooking with Love, she shows you that love with her tempting, inspiring recipes for all sorts of sumptuous dishes, displayed in beautiful full-color photographs. Carla also tells funny, poignant tales of her own life cooking with family, friends, and fellow chefs.
Currently the cohost of ABC s The Chew and owner of Alchemy, an artisan cookie company, Hall, a Nashville native, tackles her first cookbook. Hall describes herself as a simple southern girl who loves to cook and who cooks to love. As she confirms in her intro: The only way you can make transformative food is to cook it from the heart. With 125 recipes incorporating flavors from all over the world, most still are inspired by Hall s American South, where she grew up eating traditional Southern food at her Granny s table. The book is separated into chapters of basics such as side dishes, vegetarian dishes, meat, poultry, and dessert enhanced by Hall s personal stories of cooking with friends and family. Down-home deviled eggs with smoky bacon, Backyard BBQ salad made with chicken and Southern fried catfish are examples of straightforward, classic dishes. Recipes with international flair include curried beef dumplings, Persian marinated lamb roast with cucumber-yogurt sauce on grilled pita, and ginger chicken stir-fry. Tips labeled Catering Like Carla (Hall catered for decades) give readers extra ideas and instructions, such as having guests assemble their own tortillas by setting up a buffet line for her Cuban pork loin with marinated red onions and queso blanco. What the book lacks in continuity it more than makes up for in diversity of recipes.