November 6, 2013

The Lemonade Cookbook

In keeping this blog totally honest, I freely admit that I am not a great cook.  In fact, my family, who are nice people would call me an average cook. However, I do love books and that includes all types. When the opportunity to review the newly released cookbook by Alan Jackson was presented, I jumped at the chance. This book evolved from the Lemonade restaurant in Los Angeles that has grown in numbers to more than eleven shops with more planned in the future. The premise is "fast-casual" with comfort food being the key.

This book arrived in my mailbox a week ago and what a treat.  The inviting cover, for a less than stellar cook caught my attention and immediately I sat down to have a look. As I flipped through the pages and studied some of the recipes, I realized that this cookbook was unlike many I have looked at and owned.  I  love the ethnic vibe since we had become fans of Indian, Thai and Vietnamese cuisine while living in England for five years.  It uses many basic ingredients and the fresh food emphasis is exactly how we like to eat. I have become more adventurous in the kitchen after the success of our little garden last summer. We even made homemade pasta sauce with the 4 varieties of tomatoes.

Getting back to the cookbook, my first recipe test was on Saturday night when I tried the Tandoori chicken recipe. Being kind to our friends, I halved the recipe so just Tom would be my Guinea pig! The menu included Naan bread (store bought), some stir fried vegetables with Indian seasoning and brown rice.  We practically licked our plates with happiness. The chicken was so tasty and delicious that I am already planning a repeat performance when I return from the Wine and Dine weekend. Sadly, I forgot to take a photo of the finished meal.  The cookbook has many lovely photos of the various food choices and I found quite a few more recipes that are within my scope of cooking.  After the first recipe came out so well, I am eager to try the Brussels sprouts side dish and the chocolate layer cake! If they turn out as well as the Tandoori chicken, my husband will be a happy man! Baking is actually my favorite so I really look forward to making that chocolate cake and eating it!

This cookbook would be a great holiday gift for your friends and relatives who love to cook.  It is available on Kindle and in hardcover here on Amazon if you wish to order a copy.

Are you a fan of cooking and or baking?

Disclosure:  I was provided with The Lemonade Cookbook as a Girls Gone Sporty Ambassador.  All thoughts and opinions are my own.


  1. Sounds like a great recipe book. I love Tandoori Chicken!

  2. Sounds delicious! I love to cook! :0)