Description: Andrea's Cooktales is an heirloom style, keepsake cookbook with journal pages. Andrea tells stories from her many travels and the memories she’s made through food with family and friends, encouraging readers to think of their own stories and write their own recipes in the book. She says, "I encourage readers to write their own family recipes inside, jot down their favorite food memories and stories, take notes in the "notes" section on each of my recipes, and pass it around to family and friends to also write in - I want this cookbook to be an heirloom for generations to come."
Andrea is a self-taught cook, turned professional chef, so her recipes come from the point of view of a home cook. The ingredients and directions are very relatable and easy to follow along. Her recipes are what she calls "next-generation southern" - fun and fundamentally southern with a modern twist using fine, fresh, and sometimes unique (but easy to find) ingredients. She says, "This book is for every home cook who enjoys eating clean and healthy but also likes a splurge every now and again. I'd say the recipes are part healthy, part naughty. Some are for quick weekday meals, while others are perfect for a loungey weekend at home. Some are easy as pie, while others are a bit challenging (but I promise, not hard) for when you want to test your skills in the kitchen."
"My goal with this book was quality over quantity - these are tried and true recipes. I only chose recipes that I am obsessed with - my very best ones. They've all been tested over and over and over again. Every recipe in this book is a staple in my kitchen and completely divine - this is food I could cook a million times over and never get sick of - my friends, family, and clients agree and I think yours will too!"