Raincoast Books – The Beach House Cookbook!

You might remember awhile ago that I reviewed a book by Mary Kay Andrews, called “The Weekenders” It was quite a good book and so I checked on the Raincoast website to see what other books she had out. Naturally, my interest was piqued by the cookbook that she published in May of this year! It’s called “The Beach House Cookbook” and the front cover says they are “easy breezy recipes with a southern accent”! Sounds yummy to me!

I don’t know if you read the Preface or Introduction to books, but most times I do. I like the peek it gives us into the author’s life, thoughts, and sometimes their reasons behind a book. This cookbook is no exception. Mary Kay tells about her “pie in the sky” dream of someday owning a beach house. After her kids were grown up, that dream became a reality when they found one to purchase – one that was “painted in circus shades of blue and yellow” and “a squatter had taken up residence” within! After much renovation, the beach house was ready to use and their family would descend upon it for much-needed breaks. At the end of the preface she reminds us that the point of this cookbook is to remind us that we don’t need to have a beach house to “capture that same easygoing atmosphere”. And she suggests delegation to get meals prepped and prepared quickly without one person sacrificing all their time to slave over the stove. Lastly, she gives tips on beach house decor!

Mary Kay has arranged this cookbook by meal. So there’s “Fourth of July Dinner”, “Beach Picnic”, “Christmas Brunch”, “After a Day at the Beach” and so on. It’s a neat way of organizing a cookbok – especially for people like me who can never figure out what to put together for a meal. I haven’t a clue what sides go best with what meats and so on. So I fall back on what my Mom did, and honestly, so long as everything tastes good, I’m not too worried about whether they all go together perfectly! Needless to say, I can see myself preparing some of the meals from start to finish! Take “Catch of the Day”, for example. There’s the “Tybee Fish Tacos”, with “Vinegar Slaw”, “Corn Fritters with Hot ‘n’ Sweet Dipping Sauce” with a side of “Old School Mac ‘n’ Cheese” and “Frozen Key Lime Pie Pops” for dessert. Now doesn’t that sound like a fabulous meal? I could eat all of that with absolutely no complaints! I’ve only had fish tacos a couple times and have loved them, so now that I have a recipe for making my own, I can indulge more often! Oh, and Mary Kay’s husband Tom and her son are both avid fisherman. So they frequently bring back fresh catches – and since her husband Tom also enjoys cooking, this Fish Taco recipe actually happens to be one he came up with! Awesomeness!

I chuckled at the “Souper Supper” intro. The two of them will make “dueling soups” – he likes his spicy and she doesn’t – so they each make a soup to their own liking and then proceed to have family and friends over to taste test. She says “everybody is always eager to sample, but they fall silent when it’s time to vote”. I suspect everyone just wants to keep being invited for yummy taste testing! Needless to say, I could be quite happy to sit up to “Black Bean Soup” with a side of “Jalapeno Cornbread” or perhaps “Roasted Veggie Soup” with “Mini Grilled Cheese Sandwiches”! The “Boomerang Boy’s Apple Crisp” sounds like a delicious way to finish the meal!

Planning your first Thanksgiving meal? There’s a chapter for that as well that includes a dip, Tom’s brined turkey recipe, potato souffle, green beans, chutney, mashed potatoes and great gravy, pecan pie and pumpkin pie! Think that’ll be enough to feed everyone!? I daresay it should be! I’m loving the look of her pumpkin pie recipe – it has a gingersnap struesel?!?! That sounds seriously scrumptious!

There are so many yummy sounding recipes in this cookbook! Mary Kay also reminds us to take shortcuts or swap things out where necessary. Don’t have peaches? Use pears. Don’t have time to make pie crust? Use store bought refrigerated! Keep things simple so there’s more time to enjoy family and friends. That’s something I need to figure out – I struggle with having company over just because I worry too much about the state of the house and the menu. And I struggle with simply not planning to have people over – and you know how it is – if you don’t plan it, it’ll never happen!

If you’re like me and could use a hand planning a special meal, this is a great cookbook to add to your shelf. Or if you enjoy the “beachy” side of life and would like some quick and easy recipes to try out when you’re enjoying a holiday, that’s another good reason to pick this book up. Or if you just love cookbooks and recipes, who needs a reason for another cookbook! *smile* After all, a recipe for “Dark Chocolate-Dipped Cheesecake Bites” is a perfectly good reason for purchasing a cookbook!

You can keep up with Mary Kay Andrews on her website, on Facebook, Instagram, or Pinterest. As always, you can also say hello to Raincoast on their Facebook page, or on Twitter. I certainly appreciate them sharing books with me so I can share them with you!

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  1. Elizabeth Matthiesen says:

    I’d love a beach house or a cottage by a lake too. However that’s not likely since I’m not winning the lottery so far. Dreams eh? I love the fact that these recipes are all easy breezy, they are always the best sort. 🙂

  2. This sounds like an awesome cookbook full of great recipes. I like the suggestion of delegation to get meals prepped and prepared quickly without one person sacrificing all their time to slave over the stove.

  3. Lynda Cook says:

    Sounds like a great book, I love my cookbooks and would love to have this one to add to my collection!!

  4. kathy downey says:

    This sounds like a wonderful book to add to my collection !

  5. Thanks for your review! Makes me want to pick up this cookbook for some new yummy recipes!

  6. This sounds like a great recipe book. I love easy breezy recipe!

  7. I’d love to have beach house, and I like the authors attitude to cooking, less stress more fun!

  8. Elizabeth Matthiesen says:

    If you had to have a beach house to make these recipes there wouldn’t be many able to buy this wonderful book.

  9. Diana Zacharias says:

    I’d love the beach house too but I’d settle for some great simple recipes. This looks like a great book!

  10. kathy downey says:

    This sounds like a nice book

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