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08 December 2010

Down Home With The Neely's: A Southern Family Cookbook, by Patrick & Gina Neely with Paula Disbrowe

Some Eat To Live.....Others Live To Eat

Pat and Gina Neely, with Paula Disbrowe, share their recipes and their life experiences in their humor filled way.  Pat chronicles his family's humble beginnings and the love filled home he was raised in.  Losing their father at a young age, the Neely boys worked hard alongside their mother to make ends meet.  With their Grandmother's help, the brothers opened their first restaurant on February 29, 1988, and their success story is well known. 

The couple share their love story - which is quite endearing.  It is obvious as one progresses through the book that the couple have a great deal of love and respect for one another, for their girls, and for their families.  Both Gina and Pat share anecdotes on each double page spread along with a recipe or two.  Some are sweet, remembering a favorite Aunt, some informative, and many are seasoned with terrific wit and humor.  There is an additional section on barbecue meats handled by Tony Neely.....and the man knows meat!

The recipes are divided into ten sections including: Hog-Wild - Memphis Style Barbecue; Get The Party Started Neely Style; The Sweet Life - Favorite Desserts; and Southern Libations.  The remaining sections deal with salads, sandwiches, side dishes, and more.  Separate introductions by both Pat & Gina are preceded by a word from Paula Deen.  The recipes offered vary from simple to fairly involved, so cooks of varying experience will find a dish they can enjoy making.  My personal favorite is 'Get Yo' Man Chicken'...Ha! 

This Broad comes from a very large family, and we are always cooking and laughing our way through life, so I absolutely adore this cookbook!  I enjoyed both reading the Neely's book and sampling the recipes from its pages.  Congratulations Neely's on a job done to perfection.


~Moira

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