Country music star and bestselling cookbook author Trisha Yearwood is back with an encore of recipes that once again share her family traditions and warm home grown cooking style. In her debut cookbook, Georgia Cooking in an Oklahoma Kitchen, Trisha proved that there s much more to her than an award winning country music career, as she welcomed us into her kitchen and served up a feast of flavorful meals and heartwarming personal anecdotes. Now, in Cooking for Family and Friends, Trisha opens her life and her kitchen once more with a trove of recipes from a lifetime of potlucks and colorful gatherings. Trisha has that southern hospitality gene and she s a big believer that cooking for someone else is an act of love. From breakfasts in bed to hearty casseroles and festive holiday meals, Trisha s delicious recipes are dedicated to her loved ones, including her husband Garth Brooks (who s her number one cooking fan and the contributor of a few knockout recipes of his own). Trisha knows how good it feels to bring something to the table. It brings everyone closer together if they ve had a hand in preparing a meal. These recipes all come with memories attached of potlucks with good friends, church suppers, family fish fries, and beach picnics, Mother s Day, and Christmas gatherings. Many are handed down from her mother, her aunts and cousins, or longtime friends, while others are her own contemporary improvisations on classic southern fare. Each one whether a main dish, a tasty side, or a decadent dessert comes with a heartwarming story from Trisha s life that may remind you of some of your own favorite family foods, or inspire you to create new traditions. You don t have to be a southerner to enjoy Yearwood family specialties such as: Hot Corn Dip Cornbread Salad with French Dressing Baked Bean Casserole Jambalaya Pumpkin Roll Old Fashioned Strawberry ShortcakePlus, Trisha (and her sister and mother) offer up loads of practical advice, on everything from easily icing a cake to cutting a slice of pie, time saving tips; and ingredient substitutions. With full color photographs taken at Trisha s home, this soulful and sincere testament to a southern life well lived will delight both country music fans and home cooks everywhere.