Soulful Recipes for Celebrating Life's Big and Small Moments: A Cookbook
“Jocelyn’s infectious joy and love for food and family leap from the pages to your table. Your family will be begging for seconds in no time.”—JENNIFER GARNER
A joyous cookbook full of gratitude, positivity, and 80+ Southern-inspired comfort food recipes from the culinary sweetheart and blogger behind Grandbaby Cakes.
Jocelyn Delk Adams believes every day deserves to be celebrated, from seemingly mundane weekdays to exuberant weekends and holidays. Her approachable take on comfort food features Southern-steeped recipes that are jazzed-up, remixed classics, all sprinkled with the vibrant, colorful personality she’s best known for.
Each flavor-packed recipe suggests a reason to celebrate, a reminder that events big and small can have a moment of culinary gratitude. Try the Georgia Peach Salad with Candied Pecans and Cornbread Croutons on that perfect summer day or the Mojito-Marinated Skirt Steak with Chimichurri for a backyard date night (BYO blanket and bubbly). Or enjoy a Southern Sunday supper of spicy Hot Sauce Chipotle-Fried Chicken and whip up the Turkey and Mustard Greens Enchiladas to deliver to your bestie “just because.” Don’t forget gooey Salted Caramel Chocolate Chip Cookies for a really good hair day (because yes, you deserve to celebrate this!).
Everyday Grand shows readers how to cultivate their inner joy through affirmations, thankfulness, and most important, ridiculously good food.
In this peppy collection, Grandbaby Cakes blogger Adams encourages celebrating the everyday by "cooking and sharing that joy with others." Whether that means making a praline sweet potato pound cake to welcome autumn or serving salmon glazed with whiskey and sweet tea after getting a raise at work, Adams's flavorful recipes are suitable for nearly any occasion—with busy weeknights, for the most part, a notable exception. Home cooks will find themselves welcomed into Adams's kitchen by the touching, if sometimes twee, sense of occasion and feel-good family anecdotes ("peach cobbler is my family's signature dessert, and Big Mama, whose cobbler was the best, inspired me to master it," Adams reminisces while introducing her tipsy buttered Baileys peach cobbler) and appreciate the precision of the expert tips (when grilling ribs—Moroccan-influenced with a date glaze, in this case—baste them with glaze only in the last 15 minutes of cooking, lest the sugars burn and char the meat). For home cooks looking to whip up soul food fare with a bit of flare, this is a quality guide. Brandi Bowles, United Talent.