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on April 24, 2018
This cookbook is awesome. Amazing quality, much bigger than I expected, and the recipes look so easy and are all exactly what my family loves to eat without any unusual ingredients.

I give it 4 stars however because I was in target thumbing through their copies looking for an ingredient I needed for her biscuits and I noticed that following the index are SEVERAL recipes that are not included in the copy I received. I'm really disappointed about that because the recipes looked really great.
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on April 28, 2018
This cookbook is INSANE! First off, it's HUGE! I love the simplicity of the recipes and their ingredients. As a busy Mom myself, I know that time is precious, and spending time with my family is even more so. This cookbook reflects the same for Jojo and her family. Some people don't like this, to each their own...I'd rather cook simple recipes, with fewer ingredients, that I have on hand, vs have to spend tons of $$ on obscure ingredients. That's just me. I am also a VERY PICKY eater, and I often have a hard time finding a recipe in ANY cookbook that sounds or looks good. 9/10ths of these recipes look right up my alley, lots of healthy choices, and comfort food too!!!

This book is chock full of BEAUTIFUL photographs, the pages are crisp and thick, the cover and binding are good quality. This is the type of book I'd display on my coffee table, not just shelve in my kitchen and pull out once in awhile.

I am only giving this book 4 stars on account of a few design flaws that others have mentioned. My biggest issue with this book is the binding is so tight this book cannot be laid flat, no matter how hard you try. I wish this book would have come spiral bound, or put together in such a way that it could be laid flat during use. I don't think any amount of opening/closing or spine flexing is going to change this, aside from tearing up the book itself.

The only other thing I noted, is that Target has a different addition with several different recipes NOT included in the Amazon/Mass Market versions. The price at Target vs Amazon is actually a dollar and a handful of cents cheaper if you have a Target Red Card, plus you can get free shipping. Because of this (and some shipping/packaging issues mentioned below), I am returning my copy from Amazon, and ordering another copy from Target.

Another few issues (not related to the book itself), Amazon's shipping was POOR! This was packaged in a flimsy brown padded envelope, and as a result, the book arrived with corners dented, and my book arrived with the spine "out of alignment", the book actually looked a little twisted. Others have complained about "wavy" pages, I noted this too, but I really feel that this is just due to the high quality paper used in the book, along with the tight binding. It was not an issue for me, however the obvious damage from poor packaging on Amazon's part was.

All in all, I am pleased overall with this cookbook, and look forward to trying several of these recipes.
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My husband bought this book for me for Mother’s Day. I had no idea what to expect and I’m delighted with it. It’s a collection of their family recipes from both sides, so it’s a great blend of mostly southern comfort food, with a few Syrian and Korean dishes with a family friendly, yet sophisticated vibe. Her recipes are easy, flavorful, and call for everyday ingredients. I think she has a slight crush on Gruyere cheese. I’m fine with that because I do, too.

My thoughts and pics of the dishes we’ve tried:
1-2) Gaines Brothers Burgers – p 81 with Bacon-Tomato Sweet Drip Jam – p 82. These were great burgers! They were huge, so next time, I’m making them 6 oz each instead of nearly 11! The tomato drip jam makes enough to make this dinner twice. I considered scaling it back, but I’m so glad I didn’t because it’s soooo good!
3) Layered Arugula Salad with Pear Vinaigrette – p 121. Beautiful and lovely flavor balance. The punch of the blue cheese is perfect against the sweet pears and candied walnuts, and the tart pomegranate arils are a nice contrast.
4-5) Stew with Jalapeño Cornbread – p 261. This is delicious. The beef stew has tons of flavor. The cornbread isn’t sweetened at all beyond corn’s natural sweetness. The corn kernels, jalapeños, and pimentos make it really yummy, and not too spicy, and the texture’s great. This dinner’s a total keeper.
6-7) Buttermilk Blueberry Puff – p 291. So rich and sweet. This is easy peasy, but a wonderfully decadent croissant bread pudding for brunch. (I think she has it in desserts.) I prepped it the night before and let it come to room temperature while I gave the oven plenty of time to preheat. It added a few minutes to the baking time, but worked really well.
8) Potato Gratin Mini Stacks – p 179. As yummy as they are cute.
9) Beef Tenderloin with Pickled Jalapeno Sour Cream – p 249. This is delicious. The marinade’s great, and we loved the jalapeno sauce.
10) Roasted Asparagus with Red Wine Bernaise Sauce – p 163. This was really good. The sauce should be silky. You wont stop whisking to answer your darling child’s text, so you wont break your emulsion, and yours will be much more aesthetically pleasing. Lol!
11) I sliced the leftover tenderloin paper thin and piled it on hoagies toasted with butter and garlic salt with a little thin extra sharp cheddar melted on it, and spooned that jalapeno cream over it. That was a fantastic sandwich!

I’ll update this as I play in the book more!

Some others I have flagged to try: Jojo’s biscuits – p 18 with Bob’s Classic Gravy – p 21 * Garlic Cheese Grits – p 31 * Eggs Benedict Casserole – p 35 * Syrian Donuts – p 45 * Quick Orange Walnut Sweet Rolls – p 57 * Curry Chicken Salad with Toasted Nuts – p 79 * Country Potato Soup with Crumbled Bacon – p 103 * Sausage and Kale Soup – p 109 * White Cheddar Bisque – p 111 * Autumn Butternut Squash Soup – p 113 * Brussels Sprouts Salad – p 115 * Peach Caprese – p 117 * Deviled Eggs – p 133 * Party Queso – p 135 * Baked Brie – p 150 * Sheet Pan Nachos – p 151 * White Bean Hummus – p 153 * Souffled Broccoli Casserole – p 171 * Creamy Squash Casserole with Green Chiles – p 177 * Sour Cream Chicken Enchiladas – p 193 * Chicken Pot Pie – p 197 * Dedication Casserole – p 197 * King Ranch Chicken with Mexican-Style Jicama Salad – p 207 * Mom’s Bulgogi with Cucumber Kimchi Salad – p 240 * Jo’s Fatayar with Lebanese Salad – p 244 * Broiled Honey Thyme Peaches with Ice Cream and Aged Balsamic – p 281 * Chocolate Orange Bread Pudding – p 293
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on April 24, 2018
Absolutely Beautiful Book! Beautiful pages and photography. I love a pretty book. I am so excited to have received this book at my door this morning! The recipes look amazing. Can’t wait to try Jo-Jo’s biscuits, quiche, pimento cheese and the chicken pot pie and so many more.
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on April 26, 2018
So I am a huge fan of Jojo! I love all things Magnolia. A friend of mine and I have made 3 recipes so far and all are lights out.

The banana bread is for real the best I’ve ever had. And her chocolate chip cookies are easy and delightful. And apparently the Brussels Sprouts recipe is great as well. I’m excited to try her biscuits this weekend.

The only reason I didn’t give it 5 stars is because structurally the binding of the cookbook IS TOO TIGHT.
I have to put my entire flour canister on top of it for it to stay open. Maybe after enough uses it will loosen and be able to stay open but right now it just shuts back closed immediately which is frustrating when you’re trying to follow a recipe. I wish it had more give to it.

All in all I would buy it again and recommend it to everyone I know!
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on April 24, 2018
Beautiful book. The recipes are very clear and nicely categorized.Just received and jumped into making the chicken salad one which reminds me of how a friend made it when I lived in Texas. Will indulge in it this afternoon. The price was exceptional.
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on May 19, 2018
As other reviewers have mentioned - these are useful "homestyle" recipes without obscure ingredients.
I admit to purchasing this for the biscuit recipe alone. The instructions were as helpful as the recipe and critical to the success of the biscuit rise. The mac and cheese recipe in this book did not disappoint.
In comparing to other cookbooks - I found these recipes to be a "cleaner" cooking style than some of the lifestyle / celebrity chefs like Ree's most recent cookbook. In Magnolia Table, there is less reliance on convenience foods. Finally I enjoyed reading the stories that were spliced in between the recipes - gave the book a personal feel. I enjoyed reading about the family and her background it gave the recipes a personal feel.
***Unfortunately all the commentary about the quality of the book (spine, paper) seems to be true - I am sending for a replacement copy because the spine / front and back cover is actually splayed open and damaged on my copy; there is a mark on the cover that will not clean off. In addition, the heavy weight and unglossed pages draw in and hold moisture - every page was wavy. While I can live with the wavy paper - with the spine cracked I am wondering if I was sent a returned item. No worries, Amazon Prime is already sending me another copy.
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on April 28, 2018
This book is wonderful. I read cookbooks like novels so this was perfect. Joanna adds a story for each recipe so it really makes it homey. Have already tried her biscuits. I’m not a biscuit lover but these are awesome. Can’t wait to try some of the others. This is a big book and really something you can read in bed. She did an excellent job. Thank you Joanna.
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on May 7, 2018
Full disclosure: I'm a huge fan of Joanna and Chip Gaines, so that may color my review a bit. :) This is a lovely book - the photography is beautiful, the layout is easy to read, the personal comments by Joanna for each recipe add a great touch. Most of the recipes seem relatively easy to make, though some might require a few ingredients not readily available in some areas/stores. There is, as you might expect, a definite Tex-Mex tone to several dishes, so if you don't care for green chilies or jalapenos you might need to adapt them somehow.

My only real complaint is the binding, as others have mentioned - it's very stiff and will not lie flat no matter how hard you try to bend it, which makes it difficult if not impossible to use as you cook. Maybe some kind of weights on the pages would work. Other smaller things that aren't quite "complaints" are that it would be nice to have the nutritional information, or at least number of servings or calories per serving; also that many of the recipes with cream cheese, heavy cream, etc. probably are pretty calorie laden! I suppose if you moved around as much as Joanna probably does you'd be able to eat these recipes and stay as thin as she is, but the rest of us might need to go easy on them. and use them for special occasions.
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on April 26, 2018
This cookbook is amazing! Everything looks delicious. There isn’t one recipe that doesn’t look like something I’d want to eat and I can’t say that about any other one I’ve bought. Been looking for a good biscuit recipe for years and finally found it. Absolutely the best I’ve had anywhere. Scalloped potatoes were perfect. Can’t wait to try more! Thanks Joanna!
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