Cookbook Review: True Comfort

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If you have read here for long, then you know I have a penchant for cookbooks.  I am constantly adding to my collection!

I usually share the hits/misses of new recipes I make in my Recipe Round Up posts, which include recipes from my cookbook collection.  Expanding on that idea, this year I plan to share my thoughts on specific cookbooks.  

I usually look at the reviews on Amazon when debating on purchasing a new cookbook, but often those reviews don't give me what I am looking for.  Sometimes people review before trying any of the new recipes, or they provide feedback after making just one.  I like a bit more information than that, so I end up googling it, looking for online articles or blog posts.  I thought that maybe if I am doing it, others are too, and this could serve as another resource.


The first cookbook I am reviewing is True Comfort from Kristin Cavallari.  I have been a long time Kristin fan, and when I saw that she was coming out with a healthier comfort food cookbook (as the cover says 'More Than 100 Cozy Recipes Free of Gluten and Refined Sugar'), I quickly preordered.  And I was not disappointed when it was released and arrived to my house.

The book itself is really nice - hard covered, sturdy pages, and it lays flat when opened.  The photography is beautiful, too.  The only 'ding' I would give it, is that not every single recipe has a picture to go with it.  I feel like that should be the case for all cookbooks, but there are pictures of the overwhelming majority of the recipes so you won't find me complaining too much!

Because the cookbook is focused on recipes free of gluten and sugar, you will find some ingredients that might not already be in your pantry.  I had to stock up on some items, but I didn't feel that the ingredients were too outside the norm.  For me, I feel like with all the different lifestyles people have nowadays, a lot of ingredients that might have seemed foreign a handful of years ago, are more normalized, and not as intimidating to use or hard to find in the grocery store.  Plus, there is a handy dandy list at the beginning of the cookbook that includes ideas you might need to get.

Since having this cookbook, I have made a handful of recipes.

Pumpkin Banana Muffins.  While these were especially good this past fall, I think they would make a great breakfast/snack year round.  You definitely taste both the pumpkin and the banana in the recipe, which I wasn't quite sure would be good, but it was!  These muffins aren't too very sweet, although I will note when I made them, I didn't have quite the amount of maple syrup needed.  Still really good, and they make your house smell amazing.  And they freeze well.  I wrapped extras in wax paper, then put in a freezer bag.  When I was ready to eat, I would just grab one or two and pop them in the microwave to warm.  I will say, the muffins did stick to the wrappers a bit, but that can easily be fixed by giving them a quick spray prior to filling with the batter next time.  I definitely plan on making these muffins again!

Chicken Ragu a la King.  Kristin touts this recipe as one of her very favorites, and I can see why.  It's a lighter pasta, which is nice when you don't want to feel like you ate a heavy meal, but still warm and comforting at the same time - and it has chicken and bacon which is also a great combo.  I would suggest making this one when you have a bit more time, because it does take a bit longer, but it's very worth it.  Just turn on some music, and pour yourself a glass of wine to enjoy while cooking.  Another thing to note - it is a more liquid pasta, and does make a decent amount of food.  I would suggest keeping the noodles separate, unless you plan to eat it all that day, because they will just soak up all the goodness and turn a bit mushy when you go to eat the leftovers.

Slow-Cooker Chicken Tacos.  One of the things I love about this cookbook is that it has some slow cooker recipes, which I am always on the lookout for.  These tacos are yummy, and the recipe is so very easy.  Plus, it makes your house smell amazing!

Ground Bison Slow-Cooker Chili.  I was super excited to give this a try, because I don't think I had ever tried bison before.  It's a very lean meat, and after trying this, one that I plan on using to replace beef in other recipes.  Overall this one was good, and I am glad I tried it, but to be honest, I don't see myself making again.  I just love my mom's chili recipe more!

Shredded Chicken Enchilada Casserole.  Oh my word, this is delicious!  I love a good casserole, and this one is basically an enchilada lasagna - yum!  One thing to note, I did use red peppers instead of a poblano chiles/green peppers noted in the recipe.  That is my preference, and while I usually try to make recipes as exact as possible the first time, switching out green peppers for red is something I always do.  It did take me longer than the 45 minutes noted in the recipe (15 min prep, 30 min bake), but I think part of that was due to the fact that it was my first time making.  But there is some chopping and mixing required, along with assembly so I would allow for at least an hour all together.  Definitely a recipe I will be making again.  I think this would be a good freezer option, too.  It makes 8 servings, so I would probably split it between two deep 8x8 pans, one for now and one for later.

Overall, I highly recommend True Comfort.  I know I have just scratched the surface, but all the recipes I have tried have been good, and I have a slew of others marked to still try.  In the past I have been somewhat intimated by her recipes, but feel this cookbook is chalk full of more approachable and doable recipes.

If you have this cookbook, I would love to hear what recipes you have tried/recommend! 


Linking up with Tanya.

14 comments

  1. I’ve been wondering about this one? Sounds great, especially that enchiladas casserole.

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    1. It's so good! Both the cookbook and that casserole. :)

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  2. Thanks for the recommendation. I have never heard of this author, so I'm looking forward to checking it out. Thanks for linking up with Hello Monday! Tanya - The Other Side of the Road

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  3. Thanks for the cookbook review! I think posts like these are super helpful. I currently get my recipes mostly off Pinterest, but I really want to get into cookbooks this year. I also think they look nice as decor in the kitchen. Happy New Year, Emily!

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    1. I am glad you found it helpful! Hopefully you'll find some good cookbooks to use this year, and I totally agree with you - they make great decor! Happy New Year!

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  4. After you first talked about her book I rented it from the library. My kids love her crockpot overnight oatmeal.

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  5. Yum! That chicken enchilada casserole sounds like a win!

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    1. YES! I had it again last night and it was just as good as when it was first made!

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  6. I have made the slow cooker chicken tacos twice now and LOVE them. I also recommend the Nashville Hot Chicken (pg 67) and Cauliflower Buffalo Bits (pg 176). I grabbed her other True Roots cookbook recently, but haven't made anything out of it yet.

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    1. Those tacos really are so good - the lime just sets them off! I will have to check those out. I was a little weary about the Nashville Hot Chicken because I can't do things that are TOO hot, but maybe I will give it a go. The Cauliflower Buffalo Bites sound delicious - and healthy!

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  7. I want to make that enchilada casserole. I make enchiladas and freeze some for lunches later for me. Glad you are enjoying her cookbook!

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  8. I've had this book in my Amazon wish list, but haven't gotten it yet. This would be perfect for me to have now since we're back on the healthy eating train. We were so bad during Christmas break and I've been feeling sluggish because of it. I love her, too!!

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