The Lemonade Cookbook

by Her Happy Balance on November 19, 2013

I like to think I’m Giada De Laurentiis when I’m in the kitchen – whipping up healthy and delicious meals in a snap! In reality, my tastebuds are more in line with Paula Deen. Oh this dish didn’t turn out like I wanted it to? That’s no problem! Just add a stick of butter! 🙂 Just kidding (sort of). I think chef Alan Jackson was secretly channeling dishes he knew I would like when he created his Lemonade Cookbook. In it, he focuses on creating some good ol’ comfort food, but with a Southern California (AKA more veggie-centric) twist!

The Lemonade Cookbook

The first thing I noticed about this book was the beautiful photos. While not all recipes included a photograph, the ones that did looked spectacular, like mouthwatering I-want-to-lick-the-page spectacular. The second thing I noticed was that the recipes ranged from quick and easy (salad dressings and sandwiches) to more challenging and time-consuming, like a braised beef dish. There was definitely a recipe for each level of cook to try. Of course, when I asked the beefcake what he wanted me to try and make, he chose a BBQ brisket that you have to let cook for 8+ hours. Because, of course. I’ll keep you posted on how that comes out, cross your fingers for me!

Braises from Lemonade Cookbook

I noticed that for most recipes, I already had a majority of the spices and oils in my pantry. Most of the produce he used was also easily available. But if you are feeling adventurous, he did create some dishes with more “exotic” ingredients as well. There was a recipe that used kohlrabi, a bulbous-looking veggie, that I am itching to try. I’ve been getting kohlrabi through my CSA for months, and I never really knew what to do with it before. Now I do 🙂

Land and Sea Lemonade Cookbook

The book also focuses on trying to create affordable meals. Buying pricey cuts of meat and fancy cheeses can really add up. This book takes a more budget-friendly approach to cooking, which is definitely something I can appreciate. Overall, I am very impressed with the quality of the book. It retails at $30, but I have seen a slightly more affordable price tag available through Amazon. I definitely look forward to start whipping up some of these creations and sharing them with all of you! I promise, I won’t go crazy Paula and add any additional sticks of butter 😉

PS: What would The Lemonade Cookbook be without lemonade recipes? He includes 10 different types, including a cantaloupe sage lemonade. Holy yum! 

lemonade in the lemonade cookbook

Do you usually use a cookbook? Or just free style it in the kitchen?
Who is your favorite celebrity chef?
What is your favorite type of food?
I think I’m a southern food or Thai food girl.

FTC: I received a cookbook for review purposes, no other compensation was provided. As always, all thoughts and opinions are my own.

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Heather @fitncookies November 19, 2013 at 8:41 am

I don’t use a cookbook per say, but rather my own “cookbook” which is a binder full of recipes I find online or from other bloggers 🙂

Her Happy Balance November 20, 2013 at 10:57 am

That’s a really great idea! I love binders and anything that has to do with organization, I should consider creating one of these 🙂

Rachel @ Undercover Diva: A Sitcom November 19, 2013 at 9:26 am

I have a ton of cookbooks…. but I use them as guidelines when the cookbook in my head is not doing it for me. I always add my own spices/extra ingredients…. very rarely do I follow a recipe word for word. I love love love mexican food.

Her Happy Balance November 20, 2013 at 10:58 am

I”m with you, I always feel the need to add more spices or garlic to every recipe.

Holly @ EatGreatBEGreat November 19, 2013 at 9:44 am

I love cookbooks! In fact, at one point I was buying them way too often and had to stop myself. This one looks great though! And Giada just so happens to be my favorite celebrity chef!

Her Happy Balance November 20, 2013 at 10:58 am

It really is a great cookbook, the photos are phenomenal which is the best inspiration 🙂

Chelsea @ A Fit LittleOne November 19, 2013 at 10:06 am

I’m still curious why they call it the Lemonade Cookbook haha. I love Giada. Yeah she’s pretty much my favorite to watch. I don’t follow recipes, I like to wing it and see what happens ;). Italian for sure, which makes my boyfriend happy because he is Italian. That and spanish, completely obsessed!!

Her Happy Balance November 20, 2013 at 10:59 am

It’s based on a group of restaurants in CA called the Lemonade cafeterias where they create lots of fresh food and Lemonade 🙂 Don’t the lemonades sound awesome?

Meghan @ fitnesscrEATures November 19, 2013 at 10:46 am

Dude, what a cool cookbook you got! Rebekah would be so jealous! She lives for a good cookbook! She uses tons of them in our kitchen and I must give credit to her ability to do so… I can’t even follow a recipe without messing something up. Haha, sometimes my taste buds are more aligned with Paula too, girl. Slab on that butter and color me happy.
I bet I’d love this cookbook – incorporating extra veggies all Californian style! Awesome! 🙂

Her Happy Balance November 20, 2013 at 11:00 am

Rebekah and I were actually texting about cookbooks the other day. I am maybe interested in getting a paleo one and was looking for some advice from homegirl. And who wouldn’t love delicious fattening food the likes of which Paula creates?! No one. Everyone wants butter. <3 you!

meredith @ The Cookie ChRUNicles November 19, 2013 at 10:55 am

I have cookbooks but rarely follow the recipes. I use them more for inspiration and guidelines. I do love a pretty pictured cookbook though!

Her Happy Balance November 20, 2013 at 11:01 am

The pictures were definitely the best part. Looking at pretty food always makes me want to try my hand at it.

Caitlin November 19, 2013 at 11:08 am

This looks beautiful! Joe loves buying and using nice cookbooks and always makes great stuff from them. I tend to either make it up or use what I find from blogs haha. I do like looking through his cookbooks, though. They’re so pretty and make the food look awesome!

Her Happy Balance November 20, 2013 at 11:02 am

Joe would totally love this book. There are lots of meaty man-aoproved dishes in it. I personally want to try all the different side dishes and sandwich recipes. Everything just looks so good and simple, wish I could come up with these concoctions on my own!

Maureen November 19, 2013 at 11:12 am

Somewhere along the way, I started collecting cookbooks, even though I usually wing it when it’s time to make dinner. As far as celebrity chefs go, I would probably say Tyler Florence and Alton Brown are my favorites, mostly since I find their recipes easy to follow and very flavorful.

Her Happy Balance November 20, 2013 at 11:03 am

Cookbooks are great for inspiration and they make great coffee table and kitchen counter decorative pieces, too. I usually wing it too, but love the idea of turning to cookbooks for a little help 😉

Davida @ the Healthy Maven November 19, 2013 at 12:49 pm

Sometimes I use cookbooks, but I rarely stick to the recipes! I tend to wing it in the kitchen and hope for the best!

I love Giada too, and Ina Garten 🙂

Her Happy Balance November 20, 2013 at 11:04 am

I like Ina too. She is always so calm and composed while cooking and mentions cooking for her husband Geoffrey about a billion times each episode, it’s kind of cute.

Alex @ Cookie Dough Katzen November 19, 2013 at 2:23 pm

I think I have commitment issues when it comes to recipes! I always seem to stray from every recipe so I don’t use cookbooks, but I love glossing through the pages and admiring the photos!

Her Happy Balance November 20, 2013 at 11:05 am

I stray from recipes too 🙂 I always fell like I can “enhance” a recipe before I even try making it haha!

Erin @ The Almond Eater November 19, 2013 at 9:28 pm

I use cookbooks for inspiration sometimes but I don’t stick to the recipe, usually because the recipes call for a million ingredients that I don’t have or don’t feel like buying ha. I think making a different lemonade flavor sounds delicious! Who woulda thought?

Her Happy Balance November 20, 2013 at 11:06 am

The ingredients he includes in his lemonades are really unique! I don’t drink soda so lemonade is one of the only drinks I order when going out (if I don’t order a cocktail ;)) so I should try a new, fun version at home.

Emma @ Culturecopia November 20, 2013 at 3:14 am

I am not usually a cookbook gal, but they can definitely be useful when I’m lacking ideas! I love love love Thai food too, could eat it all the time, but I will never pass up a good pizza!

Her Happy Balance November 20, 2013 at 11:08 am

Thai is so delicious! I love a spicy green curry and tom yum soup. And I like pizza, but don’t think I’ve ever had a really, really good one. I need to broaden my horizons, travel to Italy, eat ALL the food, and find myself an Italian hunk 😉

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