Monday, July 29, 2013

Blog Tour: Mormon Mama Italian Cookbook by Shannon M. Smurthwaite


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Title: Mormon Mama Italian Cookbook

Author: Shannon M. Smurthwaite

Publisher: Front Table Books, an imprint of Cedar Fort, Inc.

Published: March 2013

ISBN: 1462111092

FTC FYI: I received a Copy from the publisher in exchange for an honest review.

Book Description:

Italian cooking has never been easier or more delicious! From her mother’s meatballs to easy but authentic pasta dishes, focaccia bread, and truffles, Shannon’s recipes will excite even the pickiest eaters. Bring your whole family together for a little taste of Italy with this delightful and entertaining cookbook filled with Word of Wisdom–approved recipes!


I am a big fan of Italian food, but the extent of my Italian cooking at home is usually boiling some pasta and heating up a jar of sauce. I was excited when I read that Shannon Smurthwaite's new cookbook includes authentic Italian recipes, some of which are fairly simple to make.

The Mormon Mama Italian Cookbook is very attractive-definitely one I'd pick up off a shelf to look at the recipes. The pictures of completed recipes inside are also great. I would have liked pictures with every recipe, although that doesn't seem common in recipe books.

Some of the recipes are very easy. My nine-year-old made one or two without help, and at least one more with minimal assistance. The recipes we tried were quite good and enjoyed by most of our household.

I noticed the order of the ingredients on at least one recipe was unusual (wet and dry weren't separated-everything mixed together at once), but the end result turned out well.

We have enjoyed this cookbook so far and are looking forward to testing more of the recipes.

About the Author:

Shannon McClary Smurthwaite grew up in Los Angeles, California.  The oldest of three daughters, Shannon loved spending time at her Italian grandmother’s side. She attended Cal State Northridge and BYU, studying art and design. She is married to Donald Smurthwaite, and they are the parents of four wonderful children. Shannon’s family happily serve as her official food taste testers and share their mother’s love for cooking and creating in the kitchen. She resides in Meridian, Idaho, and serves as her stake’s Young Women president.