The Beach House Cookbook is the perfect gift for creative chefs looking to expand their summer cuisine.
You don’t have to own a beach house to enjoy Mary Kay Andrews’ recipes. All you need is an appetite for delicious, casual dishes, cooked with the best fresh, local ingredients and presented with the breezy flair that make Mary Kay Andrews’ novels a summertime favorite at the beach.
From an early spring dinner of cherry balsamic-glazed pork medallions and bacon-kissed Brussels sprouts to Fourth of July buttermilk-brined fried chicken, potato salad, and pudding parfaits to her New Year’s Day Open House menu of roast oysters, home-cured gravlax, grits 'n’ greens casserole, and lemon-cream cheese pound cake, this cookbook will supply ideas for menus and recipes designed to put you in a permanently carefree, coastal state of mind all year long.
Atlanta-based bestselling novelist Andrews (The Weekenders, Deep Dish) collects recipes inspired by casual Southern coastal cuisine and beach house living. Her 16 special-occasion menus keep it simple, fun, kind of like a day at the beach and illustrate how to fashion easygoing meals. Andrews s menus are ideal for relaxed gatherings and seaside celebrations, with titles such as Summer Solstice, Low Country Boil, Fourth of July, and Lazy Weekend Brunch. They re inspired by the serious fishermen in her family and include fish tacos, corn fritters, mac and cheese, and key lime popsicles. There are menus for Thanksgiving, Christmas, New Year s, and Easter Sunday, too. Fans of Southern regional fare can count on all the classics. Biscuits, buttermilk fried chicken, shrimp and grits, cornbread, crab cakes, okra fritters, and cherry-cola-laced ribs and cakes make this collection a true primer on Southern cuisine. Recipes are seasoned with plenty of vintage recipe box nostalgia and use jarred sauces, frozen whipped topping, prepared pie crusts, and other convenience foods in tandem with local farm stand produce and seafoods. Andrews invites home cooks to host a beach house bash in their own kitchen with these memory-filled dishes.