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Southern Entertainer's Cookbook

“This delightful cookbook is full of stunning photographs; valuable, practical information . . . and tantalizing, go-to recipes. . . . Let’s party, y’all!” —James Beard Award winner Virginia Willis

In The Southern Entertainer’s Cookbook, Courtney Whitmore, founder of the Pizzazzerie blog, shares her party go-tos with 95 recipes: appetizers, salads, entrees, drinks, and dessert, plus party styling guidance. Modern twists on classics include Fried Green Tomato Caprese Salad, Jalepeño & Bacon Deviled Eggs, and miniature Cozy Chicken Pot Pies. Beloved heirloom recipes from her family’s cookbooks (not to worry, no archaic methods or hard-to-find ingredients here) include Hot Chicken Salad, Phronsie’s Banana Muffins, and Southern Almond Tea Cakes.

Charming stories of recipes’ origins are shared throughout, and Courtney provides dozens of tips to make the most of your gathering: try embellishing a plate with edible flower petals or create mini versions of a well-known dessert!

“[An] inspiring compendium of party-ready favorites. Nearly 100 recipes, numerous party menu ideas, and tips for table settings are packed with regional flavor . . . Cooks looking to please a crowd will find plenty of ways to do that.” —Publishers Weekly

Courtney Dial Whitmore, Phronsie Dial

Courtney Whitmore is a well-known stylist and blogger in the field of party design and entertaining. Her expertise has been seen in, Nashville Lifestyles Magazine, Ladies Home Journal, AOL's DIY Life, Get Married Magazine,, and more. She is the author of Pizzazzerie, Frostings, Push-Up Pops, and Candy Making for Kids. She lives in Nashville, Tennessee.

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