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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 lamb chops and bacon-kissed green beans 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 lamb chops and bacon-kissed green beans, to Fourth of July buttermilk-brined fried chicken, yuppie potato salad, and Coca-Cola cake, to her New Year's Day Open House menu of charcoal-grilled oysters, home-cured gravlax, grits n' greens casserole, and Meyer lemon bar trifle, this cookbook will supply ideas for menus and recipes designed to put you in a permanently carefree coastal state of mind all year long.


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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 lamb chops and bacon-kissed green beans 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 lamb chops and bacon-kissed green beans, to Fourth of July buttermilk-brined fried chicken, yuppie potato salad, and Coca-Cola cake, to her New Year's Day Open House menu of charcoal-grilled oysters, home-cured gravlax, grits n' greens casserole, and Meyer lemon bar trifle, this cookbook will supply ideas for menus and recipes designed to put you in a permanently carefree coastal state of mind all year long.

30 review for The Beach House Cookbook

  1. 4 out of 5

    Cynthia

    This review was originally posted on Cindy's Book Binge This review was originally posted on Cindy's Book Binge

  2. 5 out of 5

    Mary

    One of my go-to authors is Mary Kay Andrews. Her novels are always entertaining and invariably land on my favorite beach reads list. That’s why I was so excited to receive a copy of The Beach House Cookbook. Andrews compiled her favorite recipes in a beautiful cookbook. The photos are gorgeous and will tempt the reader to try each recipe. Lemon cake is my favorite and I can’t wait to try the Lemon Cream Cheese Pound Cake! The book is divided into theme meals such as Low Country Boil, Fourth of Ju One of my go-to authors is Mary Kay Andrews. Her novels are always entertaining and invariably land on my favorite beach reads list. That’s why I was so excited to receive a copy of The Beach House Cookbook. Andrews compiled her favorite recipes in a beautiful cookbook. The photos are gorgeous and will tempt the reader to try each recipe. Lemon cake is my favorite and I can’t wait to try the Lemon Cream Cheese Pound Cake! The book is divided into theme meals such as Low Country Boil, Fourth of July Dinner; Full Moon Party, and Christmas Brunch. There are many more and each one looks amazing. I especially enjoyed the short description and credit that MKA included with each recipe. With Mothers Day and Fathers Day coming up soon, The Beach House Cookbook would be a wonderful gift for the cook in your life. *I received a copy from the publisher in exchange for my honest opinion.

  3. 5 out of 5

    Lesa

    I do understand the meaning of Memorial Day, that it's a day to honor those who served and died in our wars. However, we've also made this weekend the kickoff to summer. That means it's also the perfect time to discuss Mary Kay Andrews' new book, The Beach House Cookbook. Andrews' preface is charming. It's her life story as it connects to the beach and beach houses. And, each recipe begins with a story that's as chatty as that preface, welcoming readers to summer and beach and summer foods. Betwe I do understand the meaning of Memorial Day, that it's a day to honor those who served and died in our wars. However, we've also made this weekend the kickoff to summer. That means it's also the perfect time to discuss Mary Kay Andrews' new book, The Beach House Cookbook. Andrews' preface is charming. It's her life story as it connects to the beach and beach houses. And, each recipe begins with a story that's as chatty as that preface, welcoming readers to summer and beach and summer foods. Between the pictures, the chatty descriptions, and the titles of each section, readers will recognize a chance to relax. If you don't think of cooking as relaxation, you may after reading Andrews' recipes. It there are a number of ingredients, most of them come from the seasonings. She's tried for beach simple. Mary Kay Andrews has recipes for a Low Country Boil, a Fourth of July Dinner, a Lazy Weekend Brunch, a Beach Picnic. And, the recipes are from the South - Savannah Red Rice, Fried Okra Cakes, fried chicken and potato salad, garlic shrimp, pimento cheese. And, of course, there are biscuits. Andrews has a story to tell about those as well. There are stories and gorgeous photos of food that are guaranteed to make you hungry. Andrews even has interesting names for some of the dishes, ones that you probably recognize if you're from the South, such as Pig Candy, which is brown sugar-spiced bacon. The one recipe I can attest to is one I've made before, but with the recipe in front of me, I made it again for a potluck at work, and it was a hit. I hadn't heard it called "Trailer Trash Dessert" before, though. But, it consists of layers of ice cream sandwiches, hot fudge topping, caramel topping, whipped topping and chocolate toffee bits. It's the perfect ending to a beach lunch or supper. The Beach House Cookbook is bright, cheerful, and filled with delicious looking Southern food. It's just right to take to the beach, or to make easy recipes so you can pretend you're on vacation at your own beach house.

  4. 4 out of 5

    Luanne Ollivier

    Oh, it wouldn't be summer without a new book from Mary Kay Andrews! This year she's put together a cookbook with all of her favourite recipes! The title? The Beach House Cookbook: Easy, Breezy Recipes with a Southern Accent. And I have a copy to giveaway to one lucky reader! Andrews loves to cook and entertain at her beach house. In the preface, Andrews says...."The whole point of this book? You can do it too. You don't have to have a beach house to have that same easygoing atmosphere. The recipe Oh, it wouldn't be summer without a new book from Mary Kay Andrews! This year she's put together a cookbook with all of her favourite recipes! The title? The Beach House Cookbook: Easy, Breezy Recipes with a Southern Accent. And I have a copy to giveaway to one lucky reader! Andrews loves to cook and entertain at her beach house. In the preface, Andrews says...."The whole point of this book? You can do it too. You don't have to have a beach house to have that same easygoing atmosphere. The recipes that follow are designed to let you be creative in the kitchen, yet still spend time relaxing with family and guests." There are full menus (Drinks, appetizers, mains, sides and desserts) put together for many occasions - or just pick and choose the recipes that appeal to you. None of Mary Kay's recipes call for 'obscure or hard to find ingredients.' Some also use pre-made ingredients such as pie shells, boxed pudding and ice cream sandwiches. (That last one was fun and easy - decadent but oh so good!) And if you don't have an ingredient - improvise! One of the recipes I've tried so far is Edna's Deviled Eggs - never would I have thought to add pickle juice! It added a real zip to the eggs - DH loved it. And I know he'll love Pig Candy - sweetened bacon! I enjoyed the Blueberry Muffins - and found they froze well. Savannah Spinach Squares look really good - a simple appetizer. Same goes for Frozen Key Lime Pie Pops! There are wonderful stories behind every recipe. The ingredients are easy to see at a glance as they are printed in red. The instructions are clear and easy to follow.Interspersed amongst the recipes are beautiful full colour pictures - of the food, but also the ideas you can use to decorate your table.There are some of Mary Kay's thrifting treasures pictured as well. The Beach House Cookbook is perfect for laid-back, casual summer entertaining!

  5. 5 out of 5

    Naomi

    This is the second cookbook I have read by an author as a complimentary piece to their books and I loved this one just as much. Loaded down with spectacular, yet simple recipes, this is one that I will be pulling recipes off of. What I found most unique was the menu format and stories to tell about the food choices. She partnered up the stories with her books the recipes were featured in. Just a genius marketing idea and I know I have never read any of the author's other books, but will be wande This is the second cookbook I have read by an author as a complimentary piece to their books and I loved this one just as much. Loaded down with spectacular, yet simple recipes, this is one that I will be pulling recipes off of. What I found most unique was the menu format and stories to tell about the food choices. She partnered up the stories with her books the recipes were featured in. Just a genius marketing idea and I know I have never read any of the author's other books, but will be wandering in to determine if the water is warm. I may be having one of her awesome cocktails featured in while reading too.

  6. 4 out of 5

    Dale Cousins

    Nice take on classic Southern summer recipes but I prefer my own pimento cheese recipe---isn't that the way everyone feels about pimento cheese and deviled eggs?? Nice take on classic Southern summer recipes but I prefer my own pimento cheese recipe---isn't that the way everyone feels about pimento cheese and deviled eggs??

  7. 5 out of 5

    Christine (Tina)

    I cannot wait to try these recipes! Along with my Lilly Pulitzer Cookbook, I think I have southern and beachy food completely covered! I so could easily slip right into Andrews lifestyle!

  8. 4 out of 5

    Kathryn

    The only reason this gets a 3 rating is I am just not into southern style cooking all that much. It's a beautiful book with lovely pictures and notes with each recipe on it's background to Mary Kay. If you like southern cooking this is a cookbook for you. The only reason this gets a 3 rating is I am just not into southern style cooking all that much. It's a beautiful book with lovely pictures and notes with each recipe on it's background to Mary Kay. If you like southern cooking this is a cookbook for you.

  9. 4 out of 5

    Denise

    I received this book through the First Reads program. This is a beautiful cookbook full of summertime recipes for entertaining. The recipes have a souther touch. The recipes are arranged in arranged in a menu format. For instance, Beach Picnic serves 6 and includes Beachy Ceviche, Ham and Havarti Sandwiches, Butterscotch Brownies, and Watermelon Wedges. Each recipe is accompanied by a full-page photo of the dish. I don't like judging a cookbook without cooking some of the recipes. I chose a few to I received this book through the First Reads program. This is a beautiful cookbook full of summertime recipes for entertaining. The recipes have a souther touch. The recipes are arranged in arranged in a menu format. For instance, Beach Picnic serves 6 and includes Beachy Ceviche, Ham and Havarti Sandwiches, Butterscotch Brownies, and Watermelon Wedges. Each recipe is accompanied by a full-page photo of the dish. I don't like judging a cookbook without cooking some of the recipes. I chose a few to look at further and let the family select from those. These means I didn't make the recipes from one menu. I made the Zucchini Vichyssoise. This strayed from traditional vichyssoise by adding zucchini. We enjoyed the flavor. One of us is not a fan of cold soup. He heated his up and really enjoyed it. It was also delicious cold. Next, I made the Tybee Fish Tacos. The vinegar slaw and avocado sauce went perfectly with the fried fish. I felt the fried fish could have used some salt but that may be due to the brand of Cajun seasoning I used. The panko made a nice crunchy breading. Last, I made the Lemon-Cream Cheese Pound Cake for a birthday party for my grown daughter. I did change it slightly by adding the zest of 1 lemon and halving the lemon extract. I prefer zest to extract. It did involve separating eggs and whipping the whites to stiff peaks and then folding into the batter. So, it was a little more involved than some recipes. This recipe is cooked in a bundt pan and serves 10 to 12. Everyone at the party really liked the cake. I will be making this one again when a group is coming over. Overall this is an enjoyable cookbook with great pictures. Every recipe I tried turned out well. Ingredients were easily sourced. Recommended for anyone looking for summertime entertainment recipes with a southern slant.

  10. 5 out of 5

    Nancy

    Fans of Mary Kay Andrews' best-selling beach books (Savannah Blues, Deep Dish, Beach Town) and the Callahan Garrity mysteries she originally penned as Kathy Hogan Trocheck (Heart Trouble, Homemade Sin) know her characters eat well and that she sometimes tosses in recipes for food mentioned in the stories. For example, you can find the recipe for Beyond the Grave Chicken Salad in Little Bitty Lies and now in The Beach House Cookbook (St. Martin's Press, review copy), which is what she wrote for   Fans of Mary Kay Andrews' best-selling beach books (Savannah Blues, Deep Dish, Beach Town) and the Callahan Garrity mysteries she originally penned as Kathy Hogan Trocheck (Heart Trouble, Homemade Sin) know her characters eat well and that she sometimes tosses in recipes for food mentioned in the stories. For example, you can find the recipe for Beyond the Grave Chicken Salad in Little Bitty Lies and now in The Beach House Cookbook (St. Martin's Press, review copy), which is what she wrote for  this summer instead of a new novel. It's a treat, full of themed meal plans and recipes, plus anecdotes and pictures from Ebb Tide, her Tybee Island beach house. I need to note that Kathy is a longtime friend and a fabulous cook, and I can personally vouch for the chicken salad, the lemon cream cheese poundcake, the pimento cheese made with Duke's and other goodies. Shrimp and grits. Crab cakes. Peach and berry cobbler. Trust me, the woman can start with a bag of Fritos and whip up a casserole, an appetizer or a gooey dessert.  Beach-alicious! from On a Clear Day I Can Read Forever

  11. 5 out of 5

    JoAnne

    I won a copy of the cookbook and enjoyed reading through it. I felt I was cooking along and reminiscing with the author both in Atlanta and on Tybee Island. Wonderful collection of photographs not only of the food but also of family. I liked the way the cookbook was set up by holiday or occasion and that there was not only an introduction to the section but also to each recipe. There are a few I will definitely be trying and others will make their way to my table with a few substitutions. It's he I won a copy of the cookbook and enjoyed reading through it. I felt I was cooking along and reminiscing with the author both in Atlanta and on Tybee Island. Wonderful collection of photographs not only of the food but also of family. I liked the way the cookbook was set up by holiday or occasion and that there was not only an introduction to the section but also to each recipe. There are a few I will definitely be trying and others will make their way to my table with a few substitutions. It's helpful that there was also an index in the back of the book listing the recipes alphabetically to make it easier to find those I want to return to. The only thing missing is that there wasn't any nutritional information given especially in this day and age with people being more health conscious.

  12. 5 out of 5

    Suzi

    Beautiful photos and great recipes and menu ideas. I read it on our 32nd wedding anniversary, after a fun Mexican lunch. I then gave it to my husband and we agreed we would be so fat if we ate this well often. Both of us love the style of decorating Mary Kay Andrews shows and we have the time and money to cook and bake. Her commentary is very lovey dove and devoted to her husband. Her recipes are clear and no ingredient is too exotic. This would be a great wedding or Mother's Day present. Or just Beautiful photos and great recipes and menu ideas. I read it on our 32nd wedding anniversary, after a fun Mexican lunch. I then gave it to my husband and we agreed we would be so fat if we ate this well often. Both of us love the style of decorating Mary Kay Andrews shows and we have the time and money to cook and bake. Her commentary is very lovey dove and devoted to her husband. Her recipes are clear and no ingredient is too exotic. This would be a great wedding or Mother's Day present. Or just good reading for anyone or any couple who desire a fun lifestyle with delicious but not too time consuming food. Most of us old folks have all the pretty plates, glassware and kitchen equipment for a great presentation. We have family and friends to entertain. We just need a kick in the apron.. Even the fruit looks great.

  13. 5 out of 5

    Patricia Romero

    You probably recognize the name Mary Kay Andrews from her many NYT bestsellers such as The Weekenders, Beach Town, Summer Rental and more. Now she has come out with a very Southern Cookbook. Easy, laid back, summery cookbook. First let me say this is such a pretty book and you all know how much I love a pretty book cover and inside. All of the recipes are old, and well loved southern and beachy dishes. All a big part of my childhood and adulthood. The recipes are listed under categories such as Sum You probably recognize the name Mary Kay Andrews from her many NYT bestsellers such as The Weekenders, Beach Town, Summer Rental and more. Now she has come out with a very Southern Cookbook. Easy, laid back, summery cookbook. First let me say this is such a pretty book and you all know how much I love a pretty book cover and inside. All of the recipes are old, and well loved southern and beachy dishes. All a big part of my childhood and adulthood. The recipes are listed under categories such as Summer Solstice Dinner, Beach Picnic, Book Bash Cocktail Party and so many more. Easy recipes for Pimento Cheese, Biscuits, Fried Chicken, Crab Cakes, Pound Cake and so much more. I hope y'all love it as much as I do! It just came out in time for my birthday this month, so I had to have it!

  14. 4 out of 5

    Barrie

    Great cookbook! I got this out from the library and am making my Thanksgiving pumpkin pie from this book and it is amazing! I love the streusel top that sets it apart from other recipes and the pictures are amazing. I am putting this one on my wish-list after I make a ton more recipes, specifically the REd Rooster cocktail- yum! The book is beach-themed obviously but has celebrations for holidays at the beach, like Thanksgiving and Christmas, which I just love. The contents are sorted by all kin Great cookbook! I got this out from the library and am making my Thanksgiving pumpkin pie from this book and it is amazing! I love the streusel top that sets it apart from other recipes and the pictures are amazing. I am putting this one on my wish-list after I make a ton more recipes, specifically the REd Rooster cocktail- yum! The book is beach-themed obviously but has celebrations for holidays at the beach, like Thanksgiving and Christmas, which I just love. The contents are sorted by all kinds of celebrations and parties, but if you just want drinks, the index is very straightforward and a great resource. Beautiful book!

  15. 4 out of 5

    Clwseattle

    If anyone knows the beach it's Mary Kay Andrews. This is a lovely little book with charming 'background' on the recipes and great photo's. There is nothing snobby about these recipes either - what a relief! - but Ms Andrews clearly loves her okra. Me, an Italian daughter of Cleveland, now in the Pacific Northwest, not so much. There were some recipes that are already mine, but MKA amped them up a bit with a few tweaks and different spices. I'm excited to try her versions of our old favorites ... b If anyone knows the beach it's Mary Kay Andrews. This is a lovely little book with charming 'background' on the recipes and great photo's. There is nothing snobby about these recipes either - what a relief! - but Ms Andrews clearly loves her okra. Me, an Italian daughter of Cleveland, now in the Pacific Northwest, not so much. There were some recipes that are already mine, but MKA amped them up a bit with a few tweaks and different spices. I'm excited to try her versions of our old favorites ... but not with okra!

  16. 5 out of 5

    Theresa Jehlik

    I'll admit up front that I like this cookbook because I had a great vacation on Tybee Island and can visualize all the places she mentions in her book. Andrews shares her family stories as well as recipes that are arranged in a menu format. From Low Country Boil to After a Day at the Beach to Christmas Brunch, the recipes are accessible and use only ingredients that can be found in the local grocery store and seasonal produce stands on Tybee Island. This would be a great gift for those who loved I'll admit up front that I like this cookbook because I had a great vacation on Tybee Island and can visualize all the places she mentions in her book. Andrews shares her family stories as well as recipes that are arranged in a menu format. From Low Country Boil to After a Day at the Beach to Christmas Brunch, the recipes are accessible and use only ingredients that can be found in the local grocery store and seasonal produce stands on Tybee Island. This would be a great gift for those who loved Southern food or are new to entertaining.

  17. 5 out of 5

    Debby Price

    This cookbook is very easy to read and the pictures are fantastic. The vinegar Slaw was easy and I loved the addition of the jalapeno. I put chiles in about everything anyway. We loved the Chicken Enchilada dip, except we don't use cilantro, persona taste. The Black Bean and corn Salsa is perfect for our tastes. I will be trying more recipes soon. Thanks for letting me win this cookbook, it is a fantastic addition in my quest for salivating recipes This cookbook is very easy to read and the pictures are fantastic. The vinegar Slaw was easy and I loved the addition of the jalapeno. I put chiles in about everything anyway. We loved the Chicken Enchilada dip, except we don't use cilantro, persona taste. The Black Bean and corn Salsa is perfect for our tastes. I will be trying more recipes soon. Thanks for letting me win this cookbook, it is a fantastic addition in my quest for salivating recipes

  18. 5 out of 5

    Mary Beth

    I won this book in a Goodreads Giveaway. Excellent and beautiful book. The book itself sets the atmosphere of a relaxed, shared table... Easy and fun recipes fill the book. Just the kind of foods that you hope for in a vacation setting. Great photos and helpful tips. Couldn't have wished for anything more! I won this book in a Goodreads Giveaway. Excellent and beautiful book. The book itself sets the atmosphere of a relaxed, shared table... Easy and fun recipes fill the book. Just the kind of foods that you hope for in a vacation setting. Great photos and helpful tips. Couldn't have wished for anything more!

  19. 4 out of 5

    Ellen

    Too many pages with extra pictures that have nothing to do with the recipes. Please if you are making the shrimp recipes CLEAN your shrimp . Yes, I know people up North don't seem to mind eating Shrimp that have the dirty vein but most Southerners Do mind. Too many pages with extra pictures that have nothing to do with the recipes. Please if you are making the shrimp recipes CLEAN your shrimp . Yes, I know people up North don't seem to mind eating Shrimp that have the dirty vein but most Southerners Do mind.

  20. 4 out of 5

    Michelle

    Love Mary Kay Andrews. She was always a favorite author at Borders and was so gracious when she would come for signings. She tells fun stories of how she acquired her beach houses and how she likes to spend her beach time as well as sharing some wonderful recipes. This one is a must buy.

  21. 5 out of 5

    April

    First of all, this is a gorgeous book. The pictures make me hungry as any good cookbook should. These are organized into different dinners or luncheons, so it helps to tie a good dinner/lunch party together this summer. I'm pretty excited to try out these recipes! First of all, this is a gorgeous book. The pictures make me hungry as any good cookbook should. These are organized into different dinners or luncheons, so it helps to tie a good dinner/lunch party together this summer. I'm pretty excited to try out these recipes!

  22. 5 out of 5

    Sally

    I received a free copy of this book in a Goodreads giveaway. This is an absolutely beautiful book, with easy, summer recipes and heartwarming anecdotes to go along with them. This is a big, glossy book with lots of stunning summer-time photos. Now if I only owned a beach house.....

  23. 5 out of 5

    Andrea

    I love Mary Kay Andrews fiction books. I was thrilled to come across this beautiful cookbook at the library. I loved hearing the stories behind the different meals. This is a cookbook that I will likely purchase.

  24. 4 out of 5

    Rebecca O

    Great Cookbook full of terrific recipes. The recipes are easy to understand and the pictures make everything look so delicious. My family will surely enjoy some of the tasty delights this book has to offer.

  25. 5 out of 5

    Pam

    Checked out at the library, and finally had to buy it, I was marking so many recipes as "need to try". Beergaritas anyone? Strikes a good balance of using pre-prepped ingredients from the grocery store with making things homemade. Checked out at the library, and finally had to buy it, I was marking so many recipes as "need to try". Beergaritas anyone? Strikes a good balance of using pre-prepped ingredients from the grocery store with making things homemade.

  26. 4 out of 5

    Deena

    I look forward to her fiction every summer. This year it wasa cookbook instead. . .

  27. 5 out of 5

    Michele Crowley

    Will cook these As always Mary Kay made a cookbook gun relating recipes to her books that I have read. I have a love of tybee and Savannah

  28. 4 out of 5

    E G

    Ready to cook a bunch of these recipes!

  29. 5 out of 5

    Terry

    Gorgeous pictures and delicious recipes. Also interesting story about Mary Kay. Definitely recommend this cookbook.

  30. 4 out of 5

    Elena Owens

    Simple, easy to make recipes -- nothing too fancy and some using convenience foods. Meal plans include everything from beverages to desserts.

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