You can share country artist Martina McBride’s favorite recipes and party tips by picking up a copy of her new cookbook, Around the Table from William Morrow. In the book, she offers tips on how to be the perfect host or hostess with everything you need for a great party: music playlists, planning timelines, delicious recipes and fun little tips, including what she calls “sanity savers.”
The book also contains personal anecdotes in addition to lots of photographs of McBride, who is obviously quite comfortable in front of a camera. If she can really plan and cook for big parties and still look this great, McBride says, “If I weren’t a performer, I think I would love to be a party planner.”
The recipes in the book are fairly simple and straightforward, and come from multiple sources ranging from some that McBride discovered in magazines to others that were favorites of hers while growing up in Kansas. Very few require anything in the way of exotic ingredients, so Around the Table might make a nice holiday gift for any cook who’s not overly adventurous but loves to entertain. Maybe one of them will invite me to their “Red, White and Blue Backyard Cookout” next summer.