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Fill your home with the freshly baked scent of luscious apple pie, the sizzle of peachy grilled chicken or the beckoning aroma of juicy roast lamb, all brought to life in this charming collection of recipes. New York Times bestselling author Sherryl Woods invites you into the world of Serenity, South Carolina, where good food and good friends await. Based on her beloved Swe Fill your home with the freshly baked scent of luscious apple pie, the sizzle of peachy grilled chicken or the beckoning aroma of juicy roast lamb, all brought to life in this charming collection of recipes. New York Times bestselling author Sherryl Woods invites you into the world of Serenity, South Carolina, where good food and good friends await. Based on her beloved Sweet Magnolias series, this gorgeous cookbook is full of Southern classics and heartwarming stories of friendship and fun. Join Dana Sue Sullivan, a popular character and Southern cook herself, as she shares her favorite down-home recipes as well as secrets, stories and small-town gossip from the world of the Sweet Magnolias! Whether you're making flaky, buttery, too-good-to-be-true biscuits, or spicy seafood gumbo, the 150 recipes found in these pages will bring your family and friends together to celebrate the comforts of home. From legendary margarita nights to indulgent Sunday brunches to heartening holiday meals, every recipe in this book is sure to infuse your life and your kitchen with the warmth of the South and the comfort of good food.


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Fill your home with the freshly baked scent of luscious apple pie, the sizzle of peachy grilled chicken or the beckoning aroma of juicy roast lamb, all brought to life in this charming collection of recipes. New York Times bestselling author Sherryl Woods invites you into the world of Serenity, South Carolina, where good food and good friends await. Based on her beloved Swe Fill your home with the freshly baked scent of luscious apple pie, the sizzle of peachy grilled chicken or the beckoning aroma of juicy roast lamb, all brought to life in this charming collection of recipes. New York Times bestselling author Sherryl Woods invites you into the world of Serenity, South Carolina, where good food and good friends await. Based on her beloved Sweet Magnolias series, this gorgeous cookbook is full of Southern classics and heartwarming stories of friendship and fun. Join Dana Sue Sullivan, a popular character and Southern cook herself, as she shares her favorite down-home recipes as well as secrets, stories and small-town gossip from the world of the Sweet Magnolias! Whether you're making flaky, buttery, too-good-to-be-true biscuits, or spicy seafood gumbo, the 150 recipes found in these pages will bring your family and friends together to celebrate the comforts of home. From legendary margarita nights to indulgent Sunday brunches to heartening holiday meals, every recipe in this book is sure to infuse your life and your kitchen with the warmth of the South and the comfort of good food.

30 review for The Sweet Magnolias Cookbook: More Than 150 Favorite Southern Recipes

  1. 4 out of 5

    Naomi

    OK, I have to be honest...I have never read a Sherryl Woods book, so I don't knw about The Sweet Magnolias series and can't refer to it in this review. I focused much more on the recipes given. I happen to love when authors do recipes and/or cookbooks for their works. I must admit that I have found some rockin' recipes that way and, in my humble opinion, this book will not be an exception. I loved this book though. I swear I am a misplanted Southern girl cuz I love Southern influence in my recip OK, I have to be honest...I have never read a Sherryl Woods book, so I don't knw about The Sweet Magnolias series and can't refer to it in this review. I focused much more on the recipes given. I happen to love when authors do recipes and/or cookbooks for their works. I must admit that I have found some rockin' recipes that way and, in my humble opinion, this book will not be an exception. I loved this book though. I swear I am a misplanted Southern girl cuz I love Southern influence in my recipes and this book has it. Not only does it have it, but it presents it in an excellent variety of recipes. In this book, one will find libations, appetizers, main dishes, veggie/side dishes (farmer's market), ethnic, desserts, and my favorite, a low fat section with yummy looking dishes!

  2. 5 out of 5

    Darren

    The idea of 'Southern (American) Hospitality' is known of worldwide, mostly as a concept, as if you ask most non-Americans what exactly is southern hospitality and cuisine they may start to flounder after mentioning happy, open people and maybe a chowder. Or guess Mexican? For those who don't really know what to expect, this book will provide a good introduction to the whole enchilada and let you create a little bit of ol' southern hospitality in your own home, wherever it might be. Of course, fo The idea of 'Southern (American) Hospitality' is known of worldwide, mostly as a concept, as if you ask most non-Americans what exactly is southern hospitality and cuisine they may start to flounder after mentioning happy, open people and maybe a chowder. Or guess Mexican? For those who don't really know what to expect, this book will provide a good introduction to the whole enchilada and let you create a little bit of ol' southern hospitality in your own home, wherever it might be. Of course, for those who know all about the cuisine they can just get cooking! As you will see, that might be the preferred option... The book is based around the "Sweet Magnolias" romantic novels by Sherryl Woods but it features real-life, scene-setting southern food. The Steel Magnolias are a group of women who live in the fictional town of Serenity in the American South. To be honest, this tie-in to a fictitious world does not travel so well. If you are not a particular fan of the series then the tie-in and its associated text just seems confusing flim-flam, verbiage that just gets in the way of the quality underlying content. A casual browser might skip past this book due to all of this unnecessary stuff, and that would be a shame. The recipes are split into different chapters, named and wrapped within this (irritating) fictional world. Sweet Magnolias Margarita Nights & Other Cocktails & Munchies handles, yes, the starters: Sullivan's Restaurant Specialities of the House handles various main courses; Serenity Farmers' Market seems to handle the sides; Sunday Brunch at Sullivan's is a brunchy/lunchy place; Mama Cruz's Recipe File has, confusingly, other items that one could classify as lunches and mains; Chef Erik's Decadent Desserts is self explanatory. Then the strange naming continues with "The Corner Spa's Low-Cal Healthy Selections". Amazingly there is a sane chapter heading right at the end as "Holiday's and Get-Togethers". Really! Sorry, it is very, very rare that this reviewer has needed recourse to swear words when examining a book for review. This time it is out of sheer frustration. Frustration that a book with great potential, interesting recipes and a chance to educate, inform and delight has been wrapped up with this schmaltzy sh-t! Now, this is no reflection on the fictional world of Sweet Magnolias but there is a time and a place for a tie-in and this is NOT it. Just let the book stand for itself, let the fans look up the recipe that a certain person ate whilst having a romantic meal with someone else. They can look up the self-same "C'mon, Baby, Light My Fire Chicken Wings" that the heroine ate, but please save the disinterested reader all the fluff that litters the book. The fans will still be happy. The foodies will be ecstatic. To be very blunt, if this reviewer was browsing this book at the bookstore it would have been overlooked after a couple of pages of browsing. It is just too much work, particularly when there are masses of other books vying for attention. Assuming that you can get all of this negativity and bad feeling out of your system and persevere a little, then you will have a good set of recipes that are well written, easy to follow and in fact quite a pleasure to look at. Such is the strong feeling about the "non-recipe text", this reviewer notes discreetly (!), that he would probably do something that is an anathema to him, namely cut the book up. Cutting out a large chunk of the folksy guff and rebinding the book might be a drastic solution but it might help reduce blood pressure and angry feelings each time the book's otherwise excellent content is consulted. It is strange, this is the only book to have ever achieved such wild reaction from this reviewer. It would be so much easier to slate it for its poor recipes, its poor layout, its disastrous choice of dishes... but we cannot. The food part is great. It would be a credible four YUM book and possibly even higher still if it was not for the aforementioned issues. That said, if you DO feel that you can engage with the fictional world of Sweet Magnolias then you will give this a top rating and wonder what the heck is going through this reviewer's mind. Other people, however... It is so, so frustrating. The book features many great photographs that showcase the recipes to the max and they don't draw on the fictional world either. The design generally is top class, clean and modern. There is a conversion chart for those funny foreigners who insist on using metric measurements and a great index for those who like diving in hither and tither. You want to dive in and explore the recipes and try new things. So dear publisher, please consider reissuing this book as a standalone book on southern cuisine sans the fictional tie-in, at least for the foodies who don't give a flying egg for who is 'courting' who at Chef Erik's restaurant or who got to stir Dana Sue Sullivan's margarita. The Sweet Magnolias Cookbook: More Than 100 Favorite Southern Recipes, written by Sherryl Woods & Teddi Wohlford and published by Harlequin. ISBN 9780373892600, 240 pages. Typical price: GBP15. YYY. // This review appeared in YUM.fi and is reproduced here in full with permission of YUM.fi. YUM.fi celebrates the worldwide diversity of food and drink, as presented through the humble book. Whether you call it a cookery book, cook book, recipe book or something else (in the language of your choice) YUM will provide you with news and reviews of the latest books on the marketplace. //

  3. 4 out of 5

    JoAnn M

    I wanted to check this out because I've read most of the books in the series. Some quite indulgent recipes, but also some healthy ones, too. It's a nice little cookbook, and I do want to try some of the recipes myself. I wanted to check this out because I've read most of the books in the series. Some quite indulgent recipes, but also some healthy ones, too. It's a nice little cookbook, and I do want to try some of the recipes myself.

  4. 4 out of 5

    Katie

    I borrowed this book from my local library and I marked so many pages that I have decided that this is one book that I am going to have to buy.

  5. 5 out of 5

    Kitten Peters

    Excellent Being a Southern bred but NIW living in the Pacific Northwest, it made my mouth water to read these recipes. If you want great food, buy this book.

  6. 4 out of 5

    Bookclubbish

    Categories Entertaining, Courses & Dishes, Friendship, Cooking

  7. 4 out of 5

    Lisa Artis

    Great read; made me want to just cook!

  8. 5 out of 5

    TheGeekyBlogger

    Cooked for Review Overall Rating: 5.00 # of Recipes Rating: 5.00 Ease of Recipe Rating: 5.00 First Thought after Trying: The Sweet Magnolias Cookbook is full of fun recipes with a Southern Twist. As a southern gal, I can say that I whole-heartily approve! What type of Recipes: The recipes in The Sweet Magnolias Cookbook run from appetizers to desserts. There is something for almost everyone: sweet, spicy, simple, complicated, alcohol-included, and alcohol not-included. Many of these recipes would be Cooked for Review Overall Rating: 5.00 # of Recipes Rating: 5.00 Ease of Recipe Rating: 5.00 First Thought after Trying: The Sweet Magnolias Cookbook is full of fun recipes with a Southern Twist. As a southern gal, I can say that I whole-heartily approve! What type of Recipes: The recipes in The Sweet Magnolias Cookbook run from appetizers to desserts. There is something for almost everyone: sweet, spicy, simple, complicated, alcohol-included, and alcohol not-included. Many of these recipes would be great for family dinners or small gatherings. As a person who cooks for one, I also found that many can be "scaled" to two which was helpful (I use an online site to help me scale recipes). What cooking level is needed: Many of the recipes in The Sweet Magnolias Cookbook were straight-forward and easy to make. Each recipe was specific about ingredients (97% of them recognizable to most people) and the instructions only called for most things people have in their kitchen. There were a few that were more complicated but they had very detailed step-by-step instruction. I think you could give this book to a cooking novice and they would do great with it. Favorite Appetizer Recipe: Herb Cheese Spread Favorite "Dish" Recipe: Caramelized Onion & Bacon Quiche Favorite Drink Recipe: Mulled Wine Punch Favorite Dessert Recipe: Warm Walnut Brownie with Hot Fudge Sauce Special Mention (little complicated by yummy): Pecan-Crusted Chicken Breasts with Pralines & Cream Sauce

  9. 5 out of 5

    Julie Barrett

    The Sweet Magnolias Cookbook 150 Favorite Southern Recipes by Sherryl Woods with Chef Teddi Wohlford ISBN: 9780373892600 Love that this cookbook is not only about the food at the margarita club meetings but other locations in the series: Sullivan's Restaurant, Farmer's Market, Corner Spa, and the other special places the people gather to celebrate. Starts out with the introduction about Southern Food and other experiences in the series of holidays, memories and disasters and successes. Each section The Sweet Magnolias Cookbook 150 Favorite Southern Recipes by Sherryl Woods with Chef Teddi Wohlford ISBN: 9780373892600 Love that this cookbook is not only about the food at the margarita club meetings but other locations in the series: Sullivan's Restaurant, Farmer's Market, Corner Spa, and the other special places the people gather to celebrate. Starts out with the introduction about Southern Food and other experiences in the series of holidays, memories and disasters and successes. Each section is highlighted with what they are best known for. People in the series sometime highlight their favorites, also easy to follow recipes and tips even to make things easier. Photography of the food is top notch. I can't decide which recipe I want to make first. I know this cookbook is gonna be used a lot in my house. Desserts will be my favorite to try. So many varieties of scones. Love the holiday section, oh yum! Conversion charts and other helpful information and index is also included, at the back of the book.

  10. 4 out of 5

    S Vanorse

    I quite enjoyed this, you do not have to want to cook southern recipes to find many useful and tastey sounding recipes in this one. I have several marked to try. Some recipes are simple and some are more difficult, but not way out there difficult. I am an avid cookbook reader and collector and give it 5 stars. Nice photos, great layout, love that is does not weigh 50 pounds like some of the new ones out there. And if you read the series of romance novels by Woods many of those delicious sounding I quite enjoyed this, you do not have to want to cook southern recipes to find many useful and tastey sounding recipes in this one. I have several marked to try. Some recipes are simple and some are more difficult, but not way out there difficult. I am an avid cookbook reader and collector and give it 5 stars. Nice photos, great layout, love that is does not weigh 50 pounds like some of the new ones out there. And if you read the series of romance novels by Woods many of those delicious sounding foods can be found in this cookbook.

  11. 5 out of 5

    Darcy

    While reading the Sweet Magnolias series you hear about all the food and drinks, so when I saw that they were going to do a cookbook based on what was talked about within the series, I knew I wanted to check it out. I ended up copying dozens of recipes and can't wait to try them out. I just might have to have my own margarita night to preview a bunch for friends! While reading the Sweet Magnolias series you hear about all the food and drinks, so when I saw that they were going to do a cookbook based on what was talked about within the series, I knew I wanted to check it out. I ended up copying dozens of recipes and can't wait to try them out. I just might have to have my own margarita night to preview a bunch for friends!

  12. 4 out of 5

    Joan

    Fun and delicious sounding recipes from the South. Twenty-five years and more ago, I traveled often in the South for business. From these trips, I acquired an admiration and love for Southern style cooking. This cookbook with lovely photographs "feeds" that interest. The small "stories" from novels I have not read, add some fun. Fun and delicious sounding recipes from the South. Twenty-five years and more ago, I traveled often in the South for business. From these trips, I acquired an admiration and love for Southern style cooking. This cookbook with lovely photographs "feeds" that interest. The small "stories" from novels I have not read, add some fun.

  13. 4 out of 5

    Tracy

    All I can say with this book is WOW it is so nice to see the recipes from the Sweet Magnolia stories and have the chance to try them. I really look forward to working my way through all the recipes in this book. The pictures are magnificent and there are so many recipes you will find one that you will love.

  14. 5 out of 5

    Ray

    One can never have enough cookbooks around for variety. Pulled this off the bookshelf and gave a few a try. All turned out good, and were easy to follow along in creating the dish.

  15. 5 out of 5

    Vicki

    Lots of good southern recipes. Can't wait to try some especially the Fire and Ice Pickles. Lots of good southern recipes. Can't wait to try some especially the Fire and Ice Pickles.

  16. 5 out of 5

    BW Diva

    This was a pretty good cookbook...my bookclub cooked several dishes out this book & they were pretty good...the chili was delicious. & the corn chowder.

  17. 4 out of 5

    Wg

    The recipes in the ebook are a jumbled mess.

  18. 4 out of 5

    Heather

    I've not read any of the author's other books, nor the series which fictitiously narrates this cookbook. Yet, I found this cookbook to be super fun, and even marked many of the recipes to try. I've not read any of the author's other books, nor the series which fictitiously narrates this cookbook. Yet, I found this cookbook to be super fun, and even marked many of the recipes to try.

  19. 5 out of 5

    Lisa

  20. 5 out of 5

    Rose Iliff

  21. 5 out of 5

    Sallee

  22. 5 out of 5

    Jennifer Dunger

  23. 5 out of 5

    Kathleen

  24. 4 out of 5

    Riley K.

  25. 5 out of 5

    Mandi

  26. 5 out of 5

    Marcie

  27. 5 out of 5

    Melissa

  28. 5 out of 5

    Suzanne

  29. 4 out of 5

    Eileen

  30. 4 out of 5

    Ruth Tuttle

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