A new favorite and a cookbook I highly recommend... Live Life Deliciously by Tara Teaspoon (Review) #cookbook @ShadowMountn

I'm so excited to get to share this with you guys today! I've been trying out a
bunch of recipes over the past couple of months. Check out my review below...

Live Life Deliciously
Recipes for busy weekdays & leisurely weekends
 By Tara Teaspoon 
Hardcover & ebook, 288 Pages
October 6, 2020 by Shadow Mountain


AS A FORMER FOOD EDITOR AND STYLIST with Martha Stewart and food director of Ladies' Home Journal magazine, Tara knows how to create and showcase gorgeously themed meals for every lifestyle and occasion.

In her first cookbook, she shares more than 120 delicious showstopping recipes that are designed to impress. From leisurely weekend brunches spent over burrata cheese with grilled peaches and orange zest chimichurri to easy weeknight rice bowls with carrot-ginger dressing to a mouthwatering Italian crostata baked tart, Tara explains how to put together and master several special go-to dishes from the culinary capitals of the world to add to your repertoire.

The book also features a section where she provides a basic recipe which can then be easily transformed into two or three new recipes to make meal planning a breeze during busy weeknight schedules.

Live Life Deliciously with Tara Teaspoon shows serious foodies how to present food as an interesting and beautiful culinary experience with dishes that taste as delicious as they look.


“Tara’s passion for cooking and entertaining paired with her exceptional professional experience make for a cookbook adventure that no kitchen should be without.” —KELSEY NIXON, author of Kitchen Confidence

“Tara has been teaching people how to create joy in the kitchen for as long as I’ve known her, and Live Life Deliciously brings her style of modern yet comfortingly familiar recipes right to your hands. Both serious and casual cooks will find success and cooking joy by following her simple but impressive takes on classics and flavorful creations.” —SUSAN SPUNGEN, author of Open Kitchen: Inspired Food for Casual Gatherings and founding food editor of Martha Stewart Living 

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My Review

LIVE LIFE DELICIOUSLY is the first cookbook from Tara Teaspoon, who has an impressive background in the food industry. Here you'll find a wide arrange of tasteful recipes from simple to more complex to be used from weekdays to times when you need something to entertain. Colorful, full-page pictures, easy-to-follow instructions, and a wide variety of recipes make for a cookbook that deserves a place in every home's kitchen. A must for those who love to cook!

I loved this cookbook so much! I knew from flipping through it the first time that it had promise. After going through and bookmarking recipes I wanted to try, I found that I had difficulty not bookmarking every single page (as you can see in the picture below).

Here are the recipes we tried: Mile-high buttermilk biscuits, Salmon, veggie, and carrot-ginger rice bowl, Cheese-and-herb potato gratin, Thai meatball golden coconut curry, Thai chicken meatballs, Easy chicken and biscuits with honey butter, Lemony chicken and charred-artichoke pasta, Chicken pozole verde, Whole wheat pancakes, and Mexican-spiced black-bean hash browns and eggs. They were all excellent! I also liked that the variety included easy to more difficult recipes and for all sorts of tastes and needs. Some recipes were very healthy while others were higher in fat (comfort food), and then there were recipes to impress. The flavors were wonderful. I also loved the way the cookbook is presented and how Tara Teaspoon presents herself. You feel a bit like an included family friend. We'll be repeating these recipes over and over in the years to come. I also plan on continuing through the cookbook until I've tried every single one.

In the end, was it what I wished for? If you're looking for a collection of tried and true recipes to meet your various cooking needs, definitely add this one to your collection. It includes recipes full of color, that are easy-to-follow, and full of flavor. Highly recommended!

Source: I received a complimentary copy from the publisher, which did not require a positive review. All opinions are my own.

About the Author

Tara has spent more than twenty years in the food publishing industry creating recipes and articles, and food styling for various magazines, books, television, and advertising. 

Most recently she has been the food and entertaining director of Ladies’ Home Journal magazine. Prior to working at the Journal, Tara was a food editor at Martha Stewart Living, Kids, and Weddings magazines. She has appeared on the Martha Stewart television show, The Today Show, and on The Food Network as a show judge and contestant. 

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