Saturday, July 2, 2011

Cookbook Review and Giveaway: Potluck Survival Guide by Cherie Kimmons.

Today we have an interesting cookbook to review! This book is aimed at potlucks, especially those for young athletes! The basic recipes serve under 8, but an included serving guide helps you decide whether you need to triple or twice-triple (sixple?) a recipe to meet your needs! 

Potluck Survival Guide cover
Synopsis: "Potluck Survival Guide, a light-hearted handbook for beginning and experienced cooks, helps frazzled parents, volunteers, event chairs and novice hosts feed the masses while keeping their sanity. Author Cherie Kimmons, who has spent years in the cooking trenches, helps readers prepare all-time potluck favorites for school, athletic, scouting, band, social and church events. 

Featuring kid-tested and approved recipes (with modifications for adult palates), the guide includes a unique section of in-depth recipes that serve as a starting point for endless variations. It also explores considerations for feeding young children and athletes, buffet strategies, decorating tips and fun menu ideas. 

Check out additional recipes on the book's website

About the Author: Cherie comes from a rich culinary tradition that blends Italian and Cajun French cooking. During the years she spent working as an award-winning reporter and columnist for Knoxville's Press Enterprise, a web writer for HGTV, and a freelance writer, Cherie spent long hours in the cooking trenches using the skills she inherited from her family. She chaired school committees, created menus, and cooked countless meals for her kids' sports teams.

Cherie tweaked the recipes she collected over time, adding flavors here and removing calories there. Years as a corporate wellness and fitness instructor guided chapters on menu planning and nutrition for athletes, while her training as a clinical psychologist helped her understand the anguish some people feel when required to produce meals for people they don't know. One of Cherie's ambitions is to instill in her readers the same joyful approach to preparing and sharing food she learned from her family. 

Review: Probably due to the author's Cajun/Italian background, many (ok, MOST) of the recipes in this book were pretty much our family's recipes! Account for some spice tweaking here or there and you have our family cookbook! The dishes are ones we've taken to potlucks and family dinners for years and are definitely well loved by all!

I loved her 3 page guide that helped you know how much food is needed for single, 12 and 25 servings. I never had a guide to break it down as simple as 5-7 oz of shrimp is a single serving, where as 3-4 pounds serves 12 and 7 pounds serves 25! Having this chart is a great guide, when you're not sure how much to make!

If you need a great cookbook for simple and basic recipes for potlucks, this is THE book for you!

Here's a great Summer heat remedy recipe!

Ice Cram Sandwich Cake

1 box of ice cream sandwiches
1 jar caramel ice cream sauce
1 sm container whipped topping
1 bag of crushed candy bat like Heath or Skor

1. Fill a large casserole pan with a layer of half the unwrapped ice cream sandwiches.
2. Drizzle layer with caramel sauce and stack on remaining unwraped sandwiches.
3. Cover the surface with whipped topping and sprinkle with a generous amount of the crushed candy bar.
4. Place back in freezer, until time to eat, as sandwiches will melt quickly!

Alternative: cover with candy sprinkles, or with chocolate curls, or small chocolate chips, instead of candy bar. Or you can drizzle with chocolate sauce instead of the candybar.

Disclosure / Disclaimer: I received this book for review purposes on this blog, free of charge, from Five Star Publications.No other compensation, monetary or in kind, has been received or implied for this post. Nor was I told how to post about it.


  1. One of my favorite things to bring to a potluck is an Italian Pasta Salad. It's light enough for summer, and isn't a dessert! Everyone wants to bring those! This rafflecopter is interesting.

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  3. during the summer months I like to make a big bowl of fruit salad

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  4. I like to make Pasta Salad for my Potlucks! Easy to make & it goes over really well!

  5. Not terribly creative, but people LOVE it and ask me to bring it all the time... Meatballs w/brown sugar, chili sauce, and cranberry sauce.

  6. For me, my favorite is chili. Thanks!!
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  7. Baked Beans - My mom's recipe is the best - Sweet with smokie links in it.

  8. I like to keep it simple and bring macaroni and cheese or potato salad

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  9. I have a baked bean recipe that is famous and always requested! This cookbook sounds fantastic. Thanks for offering it!


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