Tuesday, May 5, 2015

Review: Ally's Kitchen

Blog-Tour-Banner-Allys-Kitchen-May-1-28-2015About the book:
Wander the world without leaving your kitchen! Popular blogger, chef, and TV darling Ally Phillips shares her favorite recipes from around the globe in this truly unique cookbook. Full of cultural background, delicious recipes, and Ally Phillips’s signature “food branching” ideas, this cookbook is guaranteed to turn your ordinary meals into memorable masterpieces.

About the author:
Dr. Alice D’Antoni Phillips, fondly known as Ally, grew up in “the hollers” in West Virginia dreaming of far away places. Now she visits exotic locales, both personally and virtually, on her well-traveled magic carpet. Whether she’s on stage, on location, or in the kitchen, Ally captures the essence of each experience ~ new foods, spices, and lifestyle tips ~ to bring them into her home and yours. Ally delights in dreaming up recipes on her yoga mat and transforming everyday objects into treasures.
Dr. Alice D’Antoni Phillips ~ school psychologist, actress, businesswoman, wife, mother, grandmother, awarded home chef, and prolific blogger ~ is the founder of Ally’s Kitchen and her trademarked culinary style, Bohemian Bold~thinking.fooding.living®. A Top 100 contestant in MasterChef Season 2 and winner of the 2013 Dole California Cook-Off, Ally revels in rocking the food and dining frontiers with authentic creations inspired from her life, travel, and adventures. Ally continues to create and share the magic from her nomadic bohemian kitchens on the coast of South Carolina and in the Colorado Rockies.
Listen to her in an interview here.

From Reidhead Randomness:

Ally's Kitchen is full of wonderful recipes!  It takes your tastebuds on a tour around the world!  The chapters are broken into "regions" and areas of the world.  She shares some fun stories of her travels and experiences.  There are lots of fun tidbits of how you can change each recipe.  She gives you lots of options!!  Although I was initially intimidated by some of the dishes, the ones that I did try were wonderful!  She tries to use spices that are available....or a good substitute.

Some of the tasty ones that jumped out at me were the Pineapple provence lemon chicken, Belgian waffles (Liege),  and Spicy mandarin salmon with chow mein noodles.  As I was reading through the recipe for the Mandarin salmon, I noticed that they had an ingredient in the instructions section that wasn't in the ingredient list.  I emailed the author on her webpage, and got a VERY quick reply.  She shared the measurement for the missing mayo, and away I went in making this delicious dish!

This is a wonderful cookbook for changing up your traditional menu!  You can taste your way around the world without leaving home!

I received this book in order to write a review, however all opinions expressed are my own.


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