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The perfect Christmas gift for anyone who loves down-home recipes, the western lifestyle, heartwarming stories, and a good laugh from the Queen of Country!
The best things in life are really not that fancy. This photo-driven book featuring all-things-Reba invites you to get back to the basics of life: fun, food, friends, and family. In her first book in over two decades, actress and country music legend Reba McEntire takes you behind the scenes and shares the stories, recipes, and Oklahoma-style truths that guide her life.
"To me, there's nothing better than sitting on the back porch looking out at the land that goes on for miles. A beautiful sunset and then me, just sipping on a glass of iced tea (or whiskey and Sprite) with my friends and family. I don't know what heaven's going to look like, but I hope it feels like Oklahoma. Throw in some beans and cornbread, and I'm all set.
"Okies know that the secret to a good life is to keep things simple and be thankful for what the good Lord's given you. That's what I want to get back to. Simple fun, hard work, good food, and laughing with those you love. Everything I'm doing in my life from here on out—personal or professional, doesn't matter—I'm going to have fun.
"That’s what I'm sharing in this book—some simple, not-that-fancy truths I live by and a bunch of good stories, photos, and recipes that go along with them. So if you're looking to slow down, get back to basics, and have a heckuva lot of fun, I think we're going to have a good time together in these pages. Come on in, kick off your boots (or leave them on, I don’t care), and learn how to bring a little bit of my downhome-inspired life into your own."
FROM THE PUBLISHER:
Not That Fancy includes:
Nearly 200 photographs from Reba's childhood, career, and personal life—many of which are straight from Reba's phoneNever-before-told stories from rodeoing with her family to pranks with Brooks & Dunn to falling in love over a plate of tater totsBehind-the-scenes anecdotes from her music and acting career, with inspiration on how to follow your passion, trust your gut, and take a chance on yourselfMore than 60 recipes of appetizers, mains, sides, desserts, and cocktails from Reba's personal kitchen, from friends and family, and from her restaurant, Reba's PlaceLighthearted lifestyle tips on how to achieve Reba's signature hairstyle, plan a down-to-earth date night, throw an effortless dinner party, and more
Not That Fancy is the perfect deluxe gift for Christmas, birthdays, Mother's Day, Father's Day, and special occasions. This keepsake book is ideal for Reba fans, country music lovers, or anyone who enjoys an easygoing western lifestyle.
"If you're looking to slow down, get back to basics, and just have a heckuva lot of fun, then I think we're going to have a good time together in these pages," promises country singer McEntire (Comfort from a Country Quilt) in this entertaining mix of cookbook and memoir. Between recipes, she shares dozens of stories, ranging from the amusing (cutting her signature curly locks in the '90s) to the heart-wrenching (her mother's death right before the start of the Covid pandemic). Some dishes draw inspiration from the menu at McEntire's Oklahoma restaurant, Reba's Place, including cherry Coke barbecue burgers, fried green tomato slices, and onion and jalapeño haystacks. Others she collects from family and friends, such as her mother's pimento cheese sandwich, roasted chicken and vegetables from her Reba costar Chris Rich, and white-chocolate cranberry cookies created by her manicurist and friend Nikki Spalaris. Charmingly folksy sidebars offer advice for living a "not that fancy" lifestyle, including how to pick out cowboy boots, how to pray to God (singing and spending time in nature are some of McEntire's favorite ways), and how to throw an outdoor party (making a one-pot meal and a large pitcher of sangria will help save time). This is a treat for McEntire's fans.
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