Reading has always been one of my great loves.  One of the best feelings is being so wrapped up in a story that all you want to do in your free time is find out what happens next and continue reading.  My girlfriends and I started a book club and our first meeting was earlier this week.  This will be a first for me and I am excited about having the club to hold me accountable for reading a book in a timely fashion.  I mean, I guess it wouldn’t kill me to read something other than a cookbook ro magazine!

I hosted our first meeting and we selected our first book.  You know me, I always love any excuse to try some new recipes!  Much of my inspiration for the fare that I made came from the Food Network Magazine 1,000 Easy Recipes cookbook.

Food Network Magazine has always been one of my favorite cooking magazines because it is filled with colorful photos of all of the recipes.  And the recipes are always very creative and usually relatively easy to recreate.

I was thrilled when Hyperion Publishing sent me the book to review.  The cookbook replicates what I love so much about the magazine:  bright, inspiring photos and so many good recipes, I could not decide where to start.  Literally, I have had this book for awhile now and have been fretting about why I had not began making some of the recipes and doing the book review yet.  And after making some appetizers for book club, I now know why I had been hesitating.  I opened the book and hoped to find ideas for 2-3 appetizers.  Soon, my list had grown from 2-3 to 5 and then 8 and I had to reign my enthusiasm in and remind myself that only 4 other girls were coming over!  That is exactly what happens to me with every section of this book from appetizers to pasta to cocktails and dessert.

At the beginning of Food Network Magazine 1,000 Easy Recipes, there are several sample menus that pair up recipes throughout the book for different occasions.  Each recipe in the menu suggestions is accompanied by a photo, so you can really get an idea of what each menu would look like.

The chapters are broken up nicely:  Appetizers & Snacks, Breakfast & Brunch, Main Dishes, Salads & Sides, Drinks & Dessert.  And within each chapter there are some fairly unique sections such as Kebabs, Nachos & Potato Skins and No-Bake Desserts.

Food Network Magazines 1,000 Easy Recipes is a cookbook I would give as gift for a bridal shower, wedding or a graduation.  This is one book you want on your shelf because it gives you hundreds of recipes for any occasion all in one book.  Many of the recipes are quick and easy, perfect for a last minute get together.  In short, I would highly recommend this book to anyone looking for the next book to add to their collection.

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7 Comments ( Reply )

  1. Laura (Tutti Dolci)
    May 20, 2012 @ 2:52 pm

    Your book club sounds like so much fun!


  2. emily (a nutritionist eats)
    May 21, 2012 @ 9:48 am

    I am dying to join a book club, I wish I could be part of yours!
    We just saw a movie with my mom about women and a book club, it was hilarious! 🙂


  3. Anna @ hiddenponies
    May 21, 2012 @ 10:24 pm

    Great review, and I love reading and book clubs! At one point I was in 3 at once, but now I’ve limited myself to one…it leaves me more time to read cookbooks and I sound like less of nerd 😉


    • Mercedes
      May 22, 2012 @ 8:59 am

      Three book clubs at once?? Wow, you are amazing! Any favorite books you’d care to share to add to our list?


  4. Anna @ hiddenponies
    May 22, 2012 @ 10:10 pm

    Strangely I’m always nervous about recommending books in case people hate them!
    But for a bit of a heavier discussion, Book Club is what got me to read Orwell’s “1984”, one everyone should read, and “Brave New World” by Aldous Huxley…the two back to back made for some really interesting comparisons about whether the government is better off controlling it’s people by fear or by overwhelming them with entertainment.
    I also love Rohinton Mistry’s “A Fine Balance”, even though it’s pretty sad, and thick 🙂
    Suite Francaise by Irene Nemirovsky is also a good one, and I loved John Steinbeck’s “East of Eden” and “Grapes of Wrath”…and Hirsi Ali’s “Infidel”…
    I’m clearly all over the place with my tastes, but these all made for good reads that were also discussable, something I always find a challenge with Book Club picks!
    Sorry, this is the longest comment EVER, I was going to email you but couldn’t find an email address 🙂


    • Mercedes
      May 25, 2012 @ 10:30 am

      Awesome recommendations Anna! Thank you so much and also thank you for the heads up that my email is not easily accessible! I have remedied that! Have a lovely long weekend!


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