cover image Trisha’s Kitchen: Easy Comfort Food for Friends and Family

Trisha’s Kitchen: Easy Comfort Food for Friends and Family

Trisha Yearwood. Houghton Mifflin Harcourt, $30 (288p) ISBN 978-0-358-56737-0

Country music star and cooking show host Yearwood (Trisha’s Table) serves up a solid helping of 125 comfort food recipes. She begins with breakfasts; moves through hearty mains, including a tender steak with blue cheese compound butter and cornflake-fried catfish; then finishes with desserts, and throughout pairs dishes with stories of her Georgia childhood, her life on tour, and her days laying low in Nashville with husband Garth Brooks. The cheesy beef and potato hash reminds her of the meals she’d eat at the truck stop diners where the tour bus would stop early in her career. Fried pork chops and white gravy bring back memories of childhood dinners (“they were a ‘thing’ in my family”), while lobster mac and cheese conjures Las Vegas room service she and Brooks’s girls would enjoy while he was off performing, and her blueberry pie bars are inspired by the ones she provided at a tailgate during Brooks’s stadium tour in 2019. Though Yearwood nodded to healthier eating in her previous works, she returns here to family mainstays with enough cream, sugar, Crisco, and bacon to keep the lights on in the cardiologist’s office. Fans of Yearwood’s Food Network show and those in search of tasty Southern fare are bound to be won over. Agent: David Vigliano, Vigliano Assoc. (Sept.)