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Potlucks and picnics, dinner parties and church socials, fundraisers, toasts to the teacher, reunions, cookouts—it's the busy age of shared meals, which means with every invitation comes the question: " What can I bring?" Anne Byrn, an inspired cook, problem solver, and bestselling author of The Cake Mix Doctor cookbook and other books with over 2.6 million copies in print, know Potlucks and picnics, dinner parties and church socials, fundraisers, toasts to the teacher, reunions, cookouts—it's the busy age of shared meals, which means with every invitation comes the question: " What can I bring?" Anne Byrn, an inspired cook, problem solver, and bestselling author of The Cake Mix Doctor cookbook and other books with over 2.6 million copies in print, knows exactly how to answer the question. Cutting through menu block—a condition familiar to everyone who cooks—here are over 200 delicious suggestions for crowd-pleasing food that’s designed to travel. There are finger foods, canapes, and "trios"—Trio of Marinated Goat Cheese, Asian Summer Rolls with a Trio of Sauces, Trio of Pastry-Wrapped Camemberts. 25 surprising salads: White Corn Salad with Fresh Thyme, Asparagus and Grilled Peppers with Asian Soy Dressing. Main dishes for a party, from Southern-Style Pulled Pork to Creamy White Bean and Spinach Lasagne. Desserts (of course, 25 of them), and a full chapter of loaves and other gifts from the kitchen, including Chocolate Sour Cherry Bread and Sun-Cooked Peach Preserves. Each recipe comes with Tote Notes (how best to transport the dish), Big Batch (how to multiply the dish), and When You Arrive (how to put the finishing touches on the dish). Plus there are "Grab & Gos"—super-quick recipes—for each section, etiquette tips for working in someone else's kitchen, and a "Notes" area for each recipe, to jot down tips and log in when you made the dish and for what occasion, so you don't repeat yourself.


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Potlucks and picnics, dinner parties and church socials, fundraisers, toasts to the teacher, reunions, cookouts—it's the busy age of shared meals, which means with every invitation comes the question: " What can I bring?" Anne Byrn, an inspired cook, problem solver, and bestselling author of The Cake Mix Doctor cookbook and other books with over 2.6 million copies in print, know Potlucks and picnics, dinner parties and church socials, fundraisers, toasts to the teacher, reunions, cookouts—it's the busy age of shared meals, which means with every invitation comes the question: " What can I bring?" Anne Byrn, an inspired cook, problem solver, and bestselling author of The Cake Mix Doctor cookbook and other books with over 2.6 million copies in print, knows exactly how to answer the question. Cutting through menu block—a condition familiar to everyone who cooks—here are over 200 delicious suggestions for crowd-pleasing food that’s designed to travel. There are finger foods, canapes, and "trios"—Trio of Marinated Goat Cheese, Asian Summer Rolls with a Trio of Sauces, Trio of Pastry-Wrapped Camemberts. 25 surprising salads: White Corn Salad with Fresh Thyme, Asparagus and Grilled Peppers with Asian Soy Dressing. Main dishes for a party, from Southern-Style Pulled Pork to Creamy White Bean and Spinach Lasagne. Desserts (of course, 25 of them), and a full chapter of loaves and other gifts from the kitchen, including Chocolate Sour Cherry Bread and Sun-Cooked Peach Preserves. Each recipe comes with Tote Notes (how best to transport the dish), Big Batch (how to multiply the dish), and When You Arrive (how to put the finishing touches on the dish). Plus there are "Grab & Gos"—super-quick recipes—for each section, etiquette tips for working in someone else's kitchen, and a "Notes" area for each recipe, to jot down tips and log in when you made the dish and for what occasion, so you don't repeat yourself.

30 review for What Can I Bring? Cookbook

  1. 5 out of 5

    Mary Ann

    What Can I Bring? Cookbook I love this book! It has recipes for soups, cakes, meals, and snacks. This is great for when you go to a party and have to bring something. It is good for finding something that a person can bring to a friend or relative who has had surgery is just ill. I have found a copy and put it in my watch list on Amazon.

  2. 4 out of 5

    Kathleen

    Yes, this is a conventional cookbook. And, yes, it's great. I have never gone wrong with Anne Byrn's books that aren't the Cake Mix Doctor ones, but I'm glad she wrote those books, as they were her first. The fact that those sold well got her book contracts for her other cookbooks, which I do love. I'm actually never eaten any Byrn recipes yet (dietary restrictions) -- but everything I have made from this one has been a crowd-pleaser. Yesterday's experiment from this book: Black bean tortilla ba Yes, this is a conventional cookbook. And, yes, it's great. I have never gone wrong with Anne Byrn's books that aren't the Cake Mix Doctor ones, but I'm glad she wrote those books, as they were her first. The fact that those sold well got her book contracts for her other cookbooks, which I do love. I'm actually never eaten any Byrn recipes yet (dietary restrictions) -- but everything I have made from this one has been a crowd-pleaser. Yesterday's experiment from this book: Black bean tortilla bake, a kind of Mexican-inspired cheesy tortilla lasagna. It got its share of compliments, particularly from adults. Oh, and I almost forgot to mention. One reason this is such a good book is that these recipes use whole foods, even if they are simple/conventional.

  3. 5 out of 5

    Kathy McC

    I don't know how many of the recipes I will ever make, but I loved the information at the beginning of the book. There were tips for choosing what to bring, ideas for containers, presentation suggestions, guest "etiquette".

  4. 4 out of 5

    Gina

    This book is exactly what I have been looking for! So many great recipes to choose from! Anne Byrn makes it so much easier to figure out what to bring to a party. She also includes menu ideas & the recipes if you're hosting the party as well. Life is good!!

  5. 5 out of 5

    Onceinabluemoon

    Lots of good old fashion recipes, no pics 😟

  6. 5 out of 5

    Sharon

    Great ideas and reminders of dishes I know but had forgotten.

  7. 5 out of 5

    Sheila DeChantal

    I purchased this book recently on a trip to the North Shore. Browsing through the books being offered in one of the many (MANY) touristy type gift shops... my eyes landed on this book. It was pricey, (I can tell you I paid over double what I see it is on sale for at Amazon now...) but I really was drawn to this book. I am that girl who has a stand by item or two that I bring to every outing we are invited too. One is my baked bean dish. You know the one that has baked beans, bacon, li I purchased this book recently on a trip to the North Shore. Browsing through the books being offered in one of the many (MANY) touristy type gift shops... my eyes landed on this book. It was pricey, (I can tell you I paid over double what I see it is on sale for at Amazon now...) but I really was drawn to this book. I am that girl who has a stand by item or two that I bring to every outing we are invited too. One is my baked bean dish. You know the one that has baked beans, bacon, lima beans, hamburger.... yup that's my "go to" dish to bring to outings... when I have time to mess with it. When I do not have time, I make my fresh salsa and grab a bag or two of good tortilla chips. Nothing that I bring is "the dish". I am not the coveted person that has to attend because what I bring makes the party. Nope, if not for my witty and fun personality, I may not be invited at all ( ha ha - I jest). I think.... :shock: So now you see the need for this book to get into my hands. Hard cover, square, appealing to the eye book with almost 500 pages of ideas.... I could not wait to read! Ok... in my opinion, this book is a rave! From fun down to earth parties like back yard potlucks and kids parties, to house-warming gifts, or something a little more formal this book covers it all from, packaging, transporting, serving... LOVE IT. Each page has a right side bar space to record who you made the recipe for, prep notes, what not to forget, special touches and if this is an item you should bring again. It is a book that makes me want to go through and try everything just so I can make notes.

  8. 5 out of 5

    Crystal

    This was a solid cookbook. clearly conventional in style, so I didn't expect a lot of recipes I could use, but I liked the idea of more recipes that I could easily bring to events, so I picked it up from the library anyway. As I expected, there were plenty of dishes that involved dairy, eggs, and meat. I wouldn't buy a book like this. But there were a number of simple recipes, mostly salads and condiments, that were appealing and I'm going to try making. Orange Glazed Nuts, Oven Roasted Tomatoes This was a solid cookbook. clearly conventional in style, so I didn't expect a lot of recipes I could use, but I liked the idea of more recipes that I could easily bring to events, so I picked it up from the library anyway. As I expected, there were plenty of dishes that involved dairy, eggs, and meat. I wouldn't buy a book like this. But there were a number of simple recipes, mostly salads and condiments, that were appealing and I'm going to try making. Orange Glazed Nuts, Oven Roasted Tomatoes Soaked in Basil and Oil, Cranberry and Apple Chutney, Vidalia Onion Marmalade, Sweet and Sour Broccoli Salad, Asian Slaw with Peanut Dressing, Hot Curried Fruit, Watermelon Boat with Summer Fruits, Roasted Spring Vegetables, Braised White Beans with Rosemary, and Cranberry Tart, among others, sounded pretty easy to tweak vegan and gluten free, if they weren't accidentally already, as well as sounding delicious. I also appreciated the extra directions and tips in the margins for transporting and serving the dishes at functions. I'll be curious to try them and see how they turn out. I'll be happy if a few of them are as good as they sound and as easy to transport.

  9. 5 out of 5

    Angie

    The dilemma: Grandma is hosting Easter potluck and asks that I bring a “cooked vegetable.” Whoa. A cooked vegetable? Time to get creative. Well, I just opened trusty What Can I Bring? Cookbook, by Anne Byrn (aka The Cake Mix Doctor). I picked the Spinach and Feta Pie recipe. Yu-um. It had all the magic of spanakopitas with a lot less work. I chose to make the feed-a crowd version that filled up a 9×13 pan. Everybody loved it. Over the years my mom has gifted me with the Cake Mix Docto The dilemma: Grandma is hosting Easter potluck and asks that I bring a “cooked vegetable.” Whoa. A cooked vegetable? Time to get creative. Well, I just opened trusty What Can I Bring? Cookbook, by Anne Byrn (aka The Cake Mix Doctor). I picked the Spinach and Feta Pie recipe. Yu-um. It had all the magic of spanakopitas with a lot less work. I chose to make the feed-a crowd version that filled up a 9×13 pan. Everybody loved it. Over the years my mom has gifted me with the Cake Mix Doctor Cookbook, the Cupcake Doctor Cookbook and most recently the What Can I Bring? Cookbook, all by Byrn. I have made many of the recipes in all three books and have not been disappointed yet. A super bonus of all of them is that you get tips on how to store, tote and reheat (if necessary). I love that. Some favorites from the What Can I Bring? Cookbook are: Spinach and Feta Pie Fleurie’s Caramalized Onion Spread Hot Chile, Cheese, and Corn Dip Asian Chicken Lettuce Wraps Chicken Taco Salad with Cilantro-Lime Vinaigrette One-Pan Cheese Danish

  10. 4 out of 5

    AuthorsOnTourLive!

    Anne Byrn, known to millions of fans through her Cake Mix Doctor and Dinner Doctor cookbooks, shares tips for entertaining year-round in her new cookbook What Can I Bring?. Cutting through menu block-a condition familiar to everyone who cooks-Byrn offers over 200 delicious suggestions for crowd-pleasing food that's designed to travel. And, as a special treat for our listeners who belong to book clubs, Anne highlights her menu for hosting a book club luncheon. We met Anne Byrn when she visited the Tatter Anne Byrn, known to millions of fans through her Cake Mix Doctor and Dinner Doctor cookbooks, shares tips for entertaining year-round in her new cookbook What Can I Bring?. Cutting through menu block-a condition familiar to everyone who cooks-Byrn offers over 200 delicious suggestions for crowd-pleasing food that's designed to travel. And, as a special treat for our listeners who belong to book clubs, Anne highlights her menu for hosting a book club luncheon. We met Anne Byrn when she visited the Tattered Cover Bookstore in Denver. You can listen to her talk about What Can I Bring? Cookbook here: http://www.authorsontourlive.com/?p=17

  11. 5 out of 5

    Eva Gogola

    I would cook SO MANY of these recipes. Strangely enough, the reason I picked this up was to find a good appetizer to take to a party. Though many of the recipes were great, I couldn't find one that would suit this crowd. Nonetheless, I'm adding this book to my ownership wishlist. I was particularly tickled with the margins for notes. I even saw some baking recipes that I wanted to dabble with. In conclusion, I need a Bundt pan.

  12. 5 out of 5

    Christina

    My rule is I check a cookbook out of the library and test a few recipes before I buy it. I really don't need to do that with Anne Byrn, who is well known for her "Cake Mix Doctor" series of cookbooks. Her recipes are easy and you will find an abundance of tips here. I'll be adding this one to my collection soon.

  13. 5 out of 5

    Julie Davis

    #90 - 2010. All things potluck with simple but delicious sounding recipes, tips on how to make ahead, and ideas for packing and transporting. Knowing Byrn's cookbooks as I do, these are probably foolproof. I'll be trying out some of these to see if the book would be one to add to my library.

  14. 5 out of 5

    DixieJo

    This is a no-glam cookbook, but I am always looking for new ideas to take to potlucks or luncheons. Nice to get some new ideas.

  15. 4 out of 5

    Shelley

    I especially enjoyed the dessert section, my family always has dessert when we get together!

  16. 4 out of 5

    Moni Novak

    Great ideas

  17. 4 out of 5

    Ann

    I have not made many of the recipes but the ones I have made have been good. Useful tips throughout.

  18. 5 out of 5

    Melissa

  19. 5 out of 5

    Steve Allen

  20. 4 out of 5

    Tammy Cross

  21. 4 out of 5

    Corabel Shofner

  22. 5 out of 5

    Amy Franklin

  23. 5 out of 5

    Kristin

  24. 4 out of 5

    Marti

  25. 4 out of 5

    E. Russell

  26. 4 out of 5

    Nancy Anderson

  27. 5 out of 5

    Pinky

  28. 5 out of 5

    Billie

  29. 4 out of 5

    Tammy Crawford Oatis

  30. 5 out of 5

    Terri

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