Blog Tour Review & Giveaway: Ally's Kitchen by Alice Phillips


I'm so thrilled to be sharing this cookbook with you today! 
Check out all the info, including my 5-star review, and the US giveaway below...

Ally's Kitchen: A Passport for Adventurous PalatesAlly's Kitchen
by Alice Phillips
Hardcover, 240 Pages
May 12th 2015 by Front Table Books


Great flavor knows no boundaries.

After years traveling the globe, popular food blogger Ally Phillips has tasted almost everything. Now she’s bringing you the best eats the world can offer in a one-of-a-kind cookbook that shares recipes, meal ideas, and entire cultures.

Whether you’re in the mood for something tantalizingly unique, like Jerusalem Eggs with Forbidden Rice & Quinoa, or comfortingly familiar, like Picasso Belgian Waffles, this book lets you wander the world without ever leaving your kitchen

Take your taste buds traveling through the exotic flavors and textures of:
Lemon & Almond Basbousa
Avocado Radicchio Wasabi Salsa
Jamaican Jerk Caramelized Onion Burgers
Makai Paka
With ingredients you can find anywhere and easy-to-follow instructions, these recipes will bring the world’s favorite foods to your dining table so you can impress all your friends and family. Fresh, vibrant, and full of life, this inspiring collection of global recipes is guaranteed to turn your ordinary meals into memorable masterpieces.


My Review

I've tested and reviewed quite a few cookbooks over the past year and I would say that Ally's Kitchen was one of the best and a definite favorite of them all! There are so many things I loved about it. Let me share with you what those were...

Turkish-Style Chicken with Potatoes, Shiitake Mushrooms, & Mint

1) The recipes were honestly fabulous and each one I tried tasted amazing. I still salivate over some of them. Maybe too much information, but it is true. Even more they looked fabulous, so great presentation. 2) Her recipes were stock full of flavor. If you have a palate like mine, where you love full-flavored and richly seasoned food, then I would highly recommend this cookbook for you. 3) Ingredients were easy to find and use. There were several spice combinations that I hadn't heard of and didn't have, but there was a section on sauces and spice mixtures that solved that problem. 4) Almost every recipe had an accompanying picture. This can be a huge deal-breaker for me with cookbooks and this one definitely passed the test. 5) There was a good variety of recipes so that everyone should find something to love (although how you could not love them all, I wouldn't know). My only negative complaint would be that I would like more. I could definitely handle a second cookbook. Just saying.

Rustic Lemon Cheese Cupcakes

As far as the cookbook itself and its presentation... It's a sturdy, hardcover book. The pages were spread out beautifully, which is one reason why it would make such a wonderful gift. There were eight sections: Boholicious Sauces & Spice Mixtrues, Charming European Flavors, The Stunning Mediterranean, Middle Eastern Allure, An African Excursion, Exploring Exotic Asia, Caribbean Island Eats, and Side Trip Escapades. There was also a recipe index included for ease.

Caribbean Salmon with Mango Serrano Cucumber Salsa

We tried some lovely recipes: Rustic Lemon Cheese Cupcakes (European), Baked Croatian Cottage Cheese Struklji (Mediterranean), Turkish-Style Chicken with Potatoes, Shiitake Mushrooms, & Mint (Middle Eastern), Caribbean Salmon with Mango Serrano Cucumber Salsa (Caribbean), and Crispy Buttermilk Pork Chops in Sweet Soy Glaze (Asian). And we will be also trying this week: Lemon Pepper Grilled Steak with Warm Butter Herb Sauce (European) and Harissa Moroccan Chicken with Roasted Peppers & Olives (African).

Baked Croatian Cottage Cheese Struklji

Ally's Kitchen is perfect for those who are looking to expand their recipe collection and maybe taste some different flavors from other parts of the world. It's also perfect for individuals who just enjoy cooking and who enjoy flavorful food. Highly recommend!

Crispy Buttermilk Pork Chops in Sweet Soy Glaze

Source: I would like to thank Front Table Books and Cedar Fort for my complimentary copy, which did not affect my review in any way.

Book Trailer

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.

Listen to her in an interview here.


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  1. Gabriela Keeton5/24/15, 11:43 AM

    I would love to eat food from France. I'm obsessed with visiting Paris, but I don't know much about their food.

  2. I would like to try the cuisine from Ecuador. Thank you

  3. Tressa, it's wonderful to see your enthusiastic reaction to Ally's cookbook and how MANY dishes you've tried already! So pleased you enjoyed it. Thank you!

  4. I love food in general. There is the part of me that wants to be traditional and say France or Italy but honestly? Ethopia. Provided it was safe to do so. I love love love Ethopian food.

  5. That's me too, except I've heard plenty about their pastries and beignets... Those I really need to try.

  6. What an interesting choice. I think I'd like that too.

  7. I plan on trying them all, quite honestly. I just loved, loved the flavors! I'm sure you enjoyed getting to work with her on it. Thanks for stopping by!

  8. I think I've possibly had their food once. Obviously I need to try it again. I just love all the different flavors depending on where the dish originates from. This seriously has been a fabulous cookbook!

  9. Christina Riggs5/29/15, 9:05 PM



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