book review ~ ally’s kitchen : a passport for adventurous palates

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Ally’s Kitchen ~ a passport for adventurous palates is a compendium of exotic flavors, rich textures and virtual destinations where the reader is transported “on the magic carpet ride” of gourmet cuisine.

What I first noticed upon opening the cookbook were the colorful pages and unique layout. It’s simple, elegant format make following the recipes easy and enjoyable. I fell in love with the “Boho’ing Tips”, “Style Makers” and “Mood Makers” that provide the reader with a myriad of ideas for setting the stage in both kitchen and dining room. It’s details like these that excite and inspire people to go beyond the act of just cooking and into the realm of creating dishes for their friends and families.

I adore how reading the introduction to each unique recipe feels like Ally is actually there in the room talking to me with her cute, southern accent and bubbly personality. It’s a very personal, intimate book in this way and it’s this down-to-earth, heartfelt quality that I believe will draw readers in and keep them interested.

Every chef and home cook should own a copy of this soulful, lovely book. It’s armchair travel for foodies at it’s very best! Come on, Friends! Get another stamp on your culinary passport!

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  5 comments for “book review ~ ally’s kitchen : a passport for adventurous palates

  1. May 2, 2015 at 2:10 pm

    Having you always on this virtual magic carpet, as a dear friend, and as an esteemed and beloved foodie is such a priceless gift, Melissa…thank you for such a beautiful review, and the photos are just as always in your designing eye, fabulous!! Love you girl! xox ~ally

    • Melissa
      May 2, 2015 at 2:23 pm

      You are such an amazing person and such an inspiration, Ally! I’m fortunate to call you my friend! Love you too 🙂 XOXO ~M

  2. May 5, 2015 at 1:28 pm

    Melissa, I admire how “visual” your review is — not just your photos, but your written descriptions/perceptions of the cookbook. Thank you!

    • Melissa
      May 5, 2015 at 4:51 pm

      Hi Kim! Thanks so much for the sweet compliment. Ally is the BEST! XO ~M

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