Magnolia Table: Review

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Joanna Gaines is my spirit animal! I have always been in love with her style, house design and all around demeanor. If you haven’t read her book The Magnolia Story and enjoy the show, you should check it out. She writes of the good and the bad and how she saw the positive in all aspects of her life even when things were down. This is the kind of life I want to live and she is someone that I want to emulate.

“We both hope, with all of our hearts, that the people who read this book and watch our show and come to see what we’re working on in Waco will take a chance to go after their dreams too. Because the key to everything Chip and I have learned in our life together so far seems to be pretty simple: Go and find what it is that inspires you, go and find what it is that you love, and go do that until it hurts.
Don’t quit, and don’t give up. The reward is just around the corner. And in times of doubt or times of joy, listen for that still, small voice. Know that God has been there from the beginning–and he will be there until…The End.”
― Joanna Gaines, The Magnolia Story
After seeing every Fixer Upper episode, getting the Magnolia magazine, reading Joanna’s book and checking out her online store, I knew I had to buy her cook book.
At first glance the pictures and stories in the cook book are beautiful and the recipes are simple (as in not fancy- ingredients that you would have on hand) and very much what you would think of cooking on the farm or in the country. There are recipes for biscuits (my family favorite), pancakes, and pot pie and more. What makes this book special is that Joanna adds personal recipes and twists on traditional recipes from her Korean roots.
I also like how Joanna Gaines is not afraid to be honest and real. At the beginning of the cook book she gets personal about being on a tight budget and not being able to afford much. This is a real struggle facing many families today but, the best thing to take out of this story is that with hard work, positivity and dedications (and aligned stars) you can make your dreams come true. Whatever they may be!

shallow focus photography of assorted kitchen tool
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There are 125 recipes in the book but, here are a few of my favorites:
  • Chicken Pot Pie
  • Mom’sBulgogi
  • Fish Tacos with Mango Slaw
  • Brussels Sprouts with Crispy Bacon, Toasted Pecans, and Balsamic Reduction
  • Peach Caprese
  • Asparagus and Fontina Quiche

If you have food allergies and any sensitivities, you would need to make adjustments with is book.

 

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Lisa

Hi I'm Lisa, I am a pinterest obsessed DIYer who loves all things blue. I am excited to share the things I love: home decor projects, recipes, and crafts while being as environmentally and health conscience as I can. I hope that you enjoy these little pleasures in life as much as I do.

7 thoughts on “Magnolia Table: Review

  1. I seriously can’t wait to get my hands on this book! I have a few friends that have it but haven’t had a chance to borrow from one of them yet. The pictures look gorgeous as well as the delicious recipes!

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    1. Yes, a lot of times I borrow cook books from the library and try them out first to make sure I like them. Yes, I love cook books with tons of pictures and this one does not disappoint! It makes me want to cook everything in the book lol

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  2. There’s nothing more important to me than a cookbook that has recipes that you’re actually able to make with things that are easy to buy. Some recipes call for the most hard to find products which makes cooking not only more stressful, but more expensive than it needs to be. As books like this will show you, you can do wonders with common ingredients!

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