Wednesday, February 11, 2015

On Tour With Allison Waggoner’s In The Kitchen

In The Kitchen by Allison Waggoner - Thoughts in Progress Feb. 11I’m delighted to be participating in the Cedar Fort Publishing & Media blog tour for author Allison Waggoner’s latest release, IN THE KITCHEN: A Collection of Home and Family Memories, and sharing my thoughts.

Finding recipes that are quick and easy to prepare, as well as delicious, is always fun. National television host, chef, and author Allison Waggoner has just such recipes in her first cookbook, IN THE KITCHEN: A Collection of Home and Family Memories,

The stylish hardcover cookbook covers a vast array of recipes. It’s divided into five categories, along with an index and a section on the author and photographer. The categories include: Breakfast to Brunch, Entrees, Desserts, Pressure Cooking, and Gathering Cocktails. In addition, there is a short notes section at the back of the book where you can include your own thoughts about the dishes.

Some of the tasty recipes include: German Pancakes, Homestyle Pot Roast, Roasted Butternut Squash, Lobster Macaroni and Cheese, Fallen Chocolate Cake, and Lemon Drop Martini.

Many of the recipes are short and simple with as few as three to four ingredients, while others are a bit more time consuming with 15 or more ingredients. Each recipe is laid out in an easy-to-read format with the ingredients highlighted for quick reference. There are brief antidotes with the majority of the recipes giving background tidbits about the dish.

Not all the recipes include a photograph of the finished dish. But those that do feature beautiful, full-page vibrant photos by Alma Delia Guzman. There are even a few two-page layouts depicting the appetizing dishes.

IN THE KITCHEN would make a great addition to any cook’s library whether they are a novice preparing meals or a gourmet chef. This is a delightful cookbook.

In the Kitchen: A Collection of Home and Family Memories by Allison Waggoner, Front Table Books, @2014, ISBN: 978-1462116799, Hardcover, 160 Pages 

FTC Full Disclosure – A copy of this book was sent to me by the publisher as part of the author’s virtual blog tour in hopes I would review it. However, receiving the complimentary copy did not influence my review. The thoughts are completely my own and given honestly and freely.


Growing up in the chocolate industry inspired a journey filled with delicious and innovate cuisine for Allison Waggoner. Allison began her career developing her family’s gourmet chocolates, creating some of the finest, award-winning confections in the world. Her culinary designs have been featured in Crate & Barrel, Culinary Product Magazine, Ghirardelli Chocolate Company, Godiva Chocolatier, Walt Disney World, Fancy Food Magazine, Sally Foster Magazine, Target, Universal Studios, William-Sonoma and The Food Network

As a classically trained chef, Allison’s culinary and marketing career brought her to the attention of television executives. She first appeared as a guest host, bringing her confections and family history to the home shopping industry. Allison is presently seen in more than 80 million homes as a host on ShopHQ, a leader in retail broadcasting.

Now, Allison brings her love of food and favorite recipes to you in her first cookbook. A nostalgic collection of recipes accumulated through the course of her life and career, IN THE KITCHEN is filled with simple, delicious dishes for every day of the week.

For more on Allison, visit her website and connect with her on Facebook, Twitter and Pinterest.

Do you enjoy finding new recipes? Do you or someone you know collect cookbooks? Thanks so much for stopping by today. Hope you’re having a great Wednesday and the weather is treating you well. Don’t forget to check out IN THE KITCHEN.

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  1. Sounds like some tasty standards are included.

  2. My mother used to use a pressure cooker, but I wouldn't know how to use one now.

  3. Mason - Thanks for sharing this. I think food and home memories are so closely intertwined. Interesting to see how Wagonner puts that together here.

  4. I love to try new recipes. After many years you get tired of the same old, same old.

  5. I'm always clipping recipes, but rarely attempt any of them. Maybe once my kitchen is remodeled it will give me inspiration.

  6. What an exciting thing to be a part of! I'm always looking for new recipes, so I should check this one out.


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