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If you can’t be left alone with warm cinnamon rolls or a fresh batch of chocolate chip cookies, or if you enjoy creating photos of your culinary creations almost as much as eating them, Christy Denney,  the blogger known as “The Girl Who Ate Everything,” has the perfect cookbook for you. Scrumptious from the Girl Who Ate Everything combines Christy’s expert professional exp If you can’t be left alone with warm cinnamon rolls or a fresh batch of chocolate chip cookies, or if you enjoy creating photos of your culinary creations almost as much as eating them, Christy Denney,  the blogger known as “The Girl Who Ate Everything,” has the perfect cookbook for you. Scrumptious from the Girl Who Ate Everything combines Christy’s expert professional experience as a recipe writer for both Betty Crocker and General Mills with her life experience as a mother of five and one of ten siblings. Christy knows food often is the centerpiece of family life and can be a major undertaking, requiring creativity, planning, practice, and purpose. Christy showcases 101 of her favorite recipes, each beautifully photographed using natural light from a window in her home, and includes detailed instructions for prep time along with helpful tips. From unforgettable Sunday brunches with Banana Muffins, to easy weeknight one-pan dinners like One-Pan Chicken Enchilada Skillet, to low-carb meals like Egg Roll in a Bowl, to rolling out the works for a game-day crowd—including her NFL-husband’s favorites like Jalapeno Popper Bread and Garlic Parmesan Wings—this is the family-friendly cookbook for anyone looking to plan quick-and-easy meals and wants a way to bring people together, feasting on food which can only be described as scrumptious.


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If you can’t be left alone with warm cinnamon rolls or a fresh batch of chocolate chip cookies, or if you enjoy creating photos of your culinary creations almost as much as eating them, Christy Denney,  the blogger known as “The Girl Who Ate Everything,” has the perfect cookbook for you. Scrumptious from the Girl Who Ate Everything combines Christy’s expert professional exp If you can’t be left alone with warm cinnamon rolls or a fresh batch of chocolate chip cookies, or if you enjoy creating photos of your culinary creations almost as much as eating them, Christy Denney,  the blogger known as “The Girl Who Ate Everything,” has the perfect cookbook for you. Scrumptious from the Girl Who Ate Everything combines Christy’s expert professional experience as a recipe writer for both Betty Crocker and General Mills with her life experience as a mother of five and one of ten siblings. Christy knows food often is the centerpiece of family life and can be a major undertaking, requiring creativity, planning, practice, and purpose. Christy showcases 101 of her favorite recipes, each beautifully photographed using natural light from a window in her home, and includes detailed instructions for prep time along with helpful tips. From unforgettable Sunday brunches with Banana Muffins, to easy weeknight one-pan dinners like One-Pan Chicken Enchilada Skillet, to low-carb meals like Egg Roll in a Bowl, to rolling out the works for a game-day crowd—including her NFL-husband’s favorites like Jalapeno Popper Bread and Garlic Parmesan Wings—this is the family-friendly cookbook for anyone looking to plan quick-and-easy meals and wants a way to bring people together, feasting on food which can only be described as scrumptious.

30 review for Scrumptious from The Girl Who Ate Everything

  1. 4 out of 5

    Michelle

    This is the first cookbook that I have ever reviewed on Goodreads and it's a great one! Many of you don't know this but I love to cook. I have been following Christy Denney's blog for a long while now. She's a mother of five and wife to a former Miami Dolphins football player so needless to say she has a lot of mouths to feed. What I like best about her recipes are that they are user friendly. No whacky ingredients that I'll never use again or can't find at all. No slaving over the stove for hou This is the first cookbook that I have ever reviewed on Goodreads and it's a great one! Many of you don't know this but I love to cook. I have been following Christy Denney's blog for a long while now. She's a mother of five and wife to a former Miami Dolphins football player so needless to say she has a lot of mouths to feed. What I like best about her recipes are that they are user friendly. No whacky ingredients that I'll never use again or can't find at all. No slaving over the stove for hours on end. The recipes are for *every* family and they aren't going to break your bank account. Every recipe here contains a photo - YAY! I hate making a recipe without knowing what the end product is supposed to look like. Most of the recipes also include a *scrumptious* tip at the end. Some of these tips I was already aware of but for the novice cook they can be quite helpful. I also want to high-five her for using rotisserie chicken in many of her recipes. Your store bought rotisserie chicken is a lifesaver especially on weeknights after a long day of work. The book is broken down in sections but is a little different than your standard cookbook format. I'll present them to you here with a mention of the recipes that I am most excited to try. One Pan Dinners Cajun Sausage and Rice Skillet - Bring on the heat! Creamy Spinach and Artichoke Pasta - My favorite dip in pasta form. Yes, please! Feeding a Crowd Mini Chicken Chimichangas - Baked not fried so they must be healthy! Right? Don't answer that. Twice Baked Potato Casserole - I'm not drooling you are! Game Day Eats Creamy Queso- I don't care, drown me in queso, I have no shame! Jalapeno Popper Bread - Carbs + Heat + Cheese = LOVE! Cuban Sandwich Dip - Don't mind me while I lick the bowl! Low Carb Favorites Carne Asada - Simple yet delicious! Tuscan Soup - Creamy and dreamy! Million Dollar Chicken - It looks like a million calories but it's low carb so who cares! Quick and Easy Beef and Broccoli - When your craving take out but don't won't to go out or put on pants! Tried and True Homemade Chicken Noodle Soup - I had no idea that egg noodles were so easy to make! Chicken Parmesan Meatballs - Because why not! Easy Bolognese - She had me at easy! Most Bolognese take hours so I'm curious about this one. Something Sweet Raspberry Cream Cheese Puffs - I loved Flaky Puffs as a kid and these remind me of my childhood favorite! Cookies and Cream Brownies - I'm making these for my Oreo loving son. Not for me. Nope! (lies, all lies) So there you have it. A wonderful cookbook for the everyday cook. A gourmet chef may not be impressed but I certainly was. Time to get cooking! 5 stars! Thank you to NetGalley and Shadow Mountain Publishing for my complimentary copy!

  2. 4 out of 5

    Susan's Reviews

    The pictures and recipes in this outstanding cookbook will surely give your eyes a heart attack! I was literally salivating, oohing and aahing as I turned each page: this was truly a feast for the eyes and the stomach! These recipes and the graphics truly live up to the title: absolutely Scrumptious! As I was taking my time, enjoying each new entry, I was so pleased to discover a recipe for chicken and dumplings: one of my very favourite comfort foods! I appreciated the tip of sprinkling the roll The pictures and recipes in this outstanding cookbook will surely give your eyes a heart attack! I was literally salivating, oohing and aahing as I turned each page: this was truly a feast for the eyes and the stomach! These recipes and the graphics truly live up to the title: absolutely Scrumptious! As I was taking my time, enjoying each new entry, I was so pleased to discover a recipe for chicken and dumplings: one of my very favourite comfort foods! I appreciated the tip of sprinkling the rolled out dumplings with extra flour to avoid sticking. (Smart!) Christy Denney has five children (three boys, two girls) and an ex-Miami Dolphins football player husband to feed. All those sheet pan recipes must come in handy come meal time! I loved the picture of the entire clan in the first few pages of the book. A well-fed family is a happy family! (So, okay, I made that up, but I would have been a happy camper if my parents had been capable of whipping up even HALF of the goodies to be found in this absolute keeper of a cookbook. The author gets right down to business and warms us up with a few quick sheet pan meals for the busy home chef. The One Pan Breakfast Bake - hash browns, bacon, cheddar cheese and olive oil, topped with six eggs - looked divinely enticing! I love that you aren't bombarded with three pages of ingredients in each recipe. I marveled at the simplicity but tastiness of each recipe. Cheese is a major ingredient in just about every recipe here, but I was not complaining. (I am going to try to make the "chaffles' - flourless waffles made with cheese and eggs on a waffle grill. My version will have to be with lactose-free cheese: I hope it works out! I'll keep you posted!) The desserts almost had me in tears: I'm writing this review at one a.m. in the morning. No snacks allowed for me, although my taste buds are dancing up a storm. The Brownie Cookies looked divinely sinful, and for sure I am going to try the Birthday Cinnamon Roll Cake - secret ingredient: rainbow cake mix!!! The Cookies and Cream Brownies also looked utterly decadent, and I'm pretty sure I gained weight just THINKING about eating one! Christy Denney truly knocked one out of the ballpark with this keeper of a cookbook. I absolutely loved every single recipe and I know that any foodie would love to receive a copy of this book as a gift. I know I certainly would! My thanks to the author, publisher and NetGalley for an ARC of this extremely well executed cookbook. It was an absolute pleasure to read and review! 5 out of 5 Scrumptious Stars! (Note: I was granted permission by Christie Denney's publicist to include some of the pictures from this beautifully illustrated cookbook, so all of those pictures belong to Christie Denney and are duplicated here with permission from her publicist. The Chaffles picture is still from the internet, as is the family portrait of the Denney family.)

  3. 4 out of 5

    David Gibson

    Scrumptious is a delightful culinary journey that wholly lives up to it’s name as it meanders about touching on all sorts of cuisine. Give me a cookbook that promises deliciousness and draws me in with delectable looking stuffed shells (an all-time personal favorite), and you’d be hard pressed not to have my mouth watering. The best thing I can say about this cookbook is that it doesn’t really have a niche. So many cookbooks are catered to a specific type of cooking or a specific geographic cuis Scrumptious is a delightful culinary journey that wholly lives up to it’s name as it meanders about touching on all sorts of cuisine. Give me a cookbook that promises deliciousness and draws me in with delectable looking stuffed shells (an all-time personal favorite), and you’d be hard pressed not to have my mouth watering. The best thing I can say about this cookbook is that it doesn’t really have a niche. So many cookbooks are catered to a specific type of cooking or a specific geographic cuisine, which while they provide top notch recipes in those areas, I can’t turn to them any night of the week for fear of palate fatigue. Scrumptious bucks that trend hard throwing in recipes from all over the place, in a good way. I can’t imagine anyone struggling to find a handful of recipes that could become personal or family favorites. In some ways though, that also hurts the title because without a more focused subject matter, it could very easily be forgotten when you are trying to meal plan, or come up with dinner ideas. Unlike most cookbooks, this title just dives right into the recipes without any backstory on the author or why the recipes were selected. There are little tidbits that start each section and are included with the recipes themselves, however without that fluff at the beginning the title risks not drawing people in (fair or unfair as that may be). The recipes I tried were very good, though a handful in there are not suitable for beginners. The directions were clear and I greatly appreciated that there was a picture for every single dish (I really hate when you can’t see what you’ll be making). Overall this was a 4/5 for me. A cookbook I could see myself revisiting over and over, but also one I might forget about because I have a craving for a specific type of food and the recipes in it that fit that craving don’t jump to mind as easily as others. This is a super safe title for anyone who cooks, you will not be disappointed, and there’s close to a 0% chance you wont find at least a few recipes you use again and again.

  4. 4 out of 5

    Melissa Borsey

    I have been following the author’s blog for quite some time so I was excited to receive a copy of her cookbook. This books has Easy one pan dinners and delicious desserts that are beautifully photographed. I thank Netgalley for the opportunity to read and review this cookbook.

  5. 4 out of 5

    Alicia Bayer

    Rounded up from 3.5 stars. Reading through this book it's hard to believe the author doesn't have diabetes because these are generally very high calorie, high carb dishes, but Christy Denney is the typical beautiful, skinny, young blonde Mormon mommy blogger and the wife of a professional athlete. The recipes tend to use copious amounts of refined carbs (mostly bread, pasta and rice), cheese, heavy cream, meat, etc. Even her salads have pasta or a loaf of diced bread in them. There is one chapter Rounded up from 3.5 stars. Reading through this book it's hard to believe the author doesn't have diabetes because these are generally very high calorie, high carb dishes, but Christy Denney is the typical beautiful, skinny, young blonde Mormon mommy blogger and the wife of a professional athlete. The recipes tend to use copious amounts of refined carbs (mostly bread, pasta and rice), cheese, heavy cream, meat, etc. Even her salads have pasta or a loaf of diced bread in them. There is one chapter just for low-carb recipes, though, which I appreciated. What's good -- there is a full page photo of every single recipe (yay) and they're gorgeous. The ingredient lists tend towards very sparse, which makes it easy to shop or prepare for. Denney uses a lot of purchased ingredients like marinara sauce, gnocchi, puff pastry, cake mixes, etc. so these are pretty simple to assemble. Many are one-pan dishes and most are likely to be very kid-friendly and husband-friendly since they use so much cheese, meat and wheat. Many of the recipes are very easy, and even the hard ones like birthday cake cinnamon rolls are written so they look easy (I'm not sure if this is good or bad?). Most don't call for expensive or hard to find ingredients, either. Some recipes are much healthier than others and these tend to be very simple ones with few ingredients like sheet pan dinners where meats and veggies are just baked on a pan together. There are also a lot of recipes that seem like they'd be delicious indulgences. There's a block of cream cheese in a lot of these recipes, and that's never a bad sign if you want something decadent. What's not so good -- there is no nutritional information provided, other than carb counts for the low-carb chapter recipes. Many of them seem like they would be very, very high in calories, salt, sugar, carbs and/or fat, so people who are watching any of these would need to be wary. This is also not a cookbook easy to convert for people on special diets (vegetarian, vegan, gluten free, keto, etc.). As mentioned, some of the recipes seem deceptively simple but I know from experience that it's a little more work to make things like homemade cinnamon rolls even with boxed cake mix as part of the ingredient list. This is the sort of cookbook that I'd be tempted to give to my 18 y/o son who's moving to his own house next year. He knows the basics of how to cook well but a lot of these would make great recipes to add to his repertoire. I won't, though, since he cooks for many gluten free and vegetarian folks and most of the recipes are the type I keep for company instead of everyday healthy meals. I think most people will absolutely love the cookbook though. There's a lot to love, especially if you don't have any health issues and are not trying to lose weight. Just be cautious because with this kind of eating every day you probably would before too long. I read a temporary digital ARC of this book for review.

  6. 4 out of 5

    Leith Devine

    This is becoming one of my favorite cookbooks! Every time I look at it I find something else I want to cook. The recipes have pictures, they’re not too complicated, and they range from one-pan dinners to delicious desserts. There’s a chapter of low-carb favorites, and another one called game day eats as well as quick and easy. It’s written by The Girl Who Ate Everything, she’s a food blogger who wrote another cookbook that I really enjoyed. I’ve enjoyed these recipes so far: One Pan Chicken Ench This is becoming one of my favorite cookbooks! Every time I look at it I find something else I want to cook. The recipes have pictures, they’re not too complicated, and they range from one-pan dinners to delicious desserts. There’s a chapter of low-carb favorites, and another one called game day eats as well as quick and easy. It’s written by The Girl Who Ate Everything, she’s a food blogger who wrote another cookbook that I really enjoyed. I’ve enjoyed these recipes so far: One Pan Chicken Enchilada Skillet, Panzanella Salad, Honest Garlic Pork Roast, Garlic Parmesan Wings, and Sheet Pan Apple Crisp. I’m sure I’ll have more favorites in the future. 5 stars. Thanks to the publisher and NetGalley I received a complimentary copy of this book. Opinions expressed in this review are completely my own.

  7. 5 out of 5

    Laurie Allin

    There are a lot of old favorites here with a few new ones I can't wait to try all packaged in one beautifully presented cookbook. There are gorgeous pictures of each recipe: always a win in my book. She starts off with one-pan dinners, which is the key to my heart. The dessert section looks amazing and definitely things that are new to me: No Churn Banana Pie Ice Cream?! There is a section for potlucks and game day food options. My only drawback on this book was the lack of nutritional informati There are a lot of old favorites here with a few new ones I can't wait to try all packaged in one beautifully presented cookbook. There are gorgeous pictures of each recipe: always a win in my book. She starts off with one-pan dinners, which is the key to my heart. The dessert section looks amazing and definitely things that are new to me: No Churn Banana Pie Ice Cream?! There is a section for potlucks and game day food options. My only drawback on this book was the lack of nutritional information. No one is going to confuse these meals with anything but comfort food but in the day and age of updated food labels, calories at restaurants, etc. this should just be a given. Somewhat out of place was the chapter on low-carb/keto friendly dishes, which I guess is her husband's thing, where net carbs were provided which just goes back to my original point. I would take a 1/2 star off for that but still rounding up to 5 because the rest is spot on. I will be adding this one to my permanent collection. Pre-ordering now for it's schedule November 2021 release. Thank you to #Netgalley and Shadow Mountain Publishing for an advanced temporary e-copy of #ScrumptiousfromTheGirlWhoAteEverything in exchange for an honest review.

  8. 4 out of 5

    Denver Public Library

    Christy Denney is the food blogger known as "The Girl Who Ate Everything," and she takes readers on a tour with this delightful cookbook which is perfect for family dinners, tailgating, holidays, and even casual date nights. With over 100 recipes divided into categories like Feeding a Crowd and Quick and Easy, it won't be hard to find something that you will want to make right away! Basic pantry staples and every day ingredients make these recipes approachable and economical. A few standouts - S Christy Denney is the food blogger known as "The Girl Who Ate Everything," and she takes readers on a tour with this delightful cookbook which is perfect for family dinners, tailgating, holidays, and even casual date nights. With over 100 recipes divided into categories like Feeding a Crowd and Quick and Easy, it won't be hard to find something that you will want to make right away! Basic pantry staples and every day ingredients make these recipes approachable and economical. A few standouts - Sheet Pan Pancakes, so easy when you have a tableful of hungry kids; Rueben Hot Pockets made with "Fathead Dough" (low-carb); and a Churro Saltine Cracker Toffee that will make you the most popular person at your workplace when you bring it in. Oh, and the Chaffles - a cheesy egg waffle that can substitute for bread! Now that's an invention worth noting.

  9. 4 out of 5

    The Candid Cover (Olivia & Lori)

    3.5 Stars This cookbook is perfect for anyone new to cooking and looking for meals and recipe ideas for a family. The instructions are easy to follow and the layout of the book makes it easy to find a recipe that will be of interest. Also, the photos are very stunning, which is something that I love in a recipe book. That being said, there isn’t a lot to offer in this one for anyone with experience in the kitchen. The recipes themselves are quite basic and many of them use pre-packaged ingredient 3.5 Stars This cookbook is perfect for anyone new to cooking and looking for meals and recipe ideas for a family. The instructions are easy to follow and the layout of the book makes it easy to find a recipe that will be of interest. Also, the photos are very stunning, which is something that I love in a recipe book. That being said, there isn’t a lot to offer in this one for anyone with experience in the kitchen. The recipes themselves are quite basic and many of them use pre-packaged ingredients.

  10. 4 out of 5

    Lisa | Lady_Logomancer

    This cookbook is fantastic! Denney has a firm grasp on modern cooking. Not only does everything look and sound amazing, there is something for every skill level. The variety of meal types is perfect for busy homemakers. There’s recipes for the oven, stovetop, slow cooker and Instapot. There’s also carb conscious and healthy options. She has it all! My particular favorites were the honey garlic pork roast and the key lime bars. I think this book would make a spectacular housewarming gift or a gre This cookbook is fantastic! Denney has a firm grasp on modern cooking. Not only does everything look and sound amazing, there is something for every skill level. The variety of meal types is perfect for busy homemakers. There’s recipes for the oven, stovetop, slow cooker and Instapot. There’s also carb conscious and healthy options. She has it all! My particular favorites were the honey garlic pork roast and the key lime bars. I think this book would make a spectacular housewarming gift or a great guide for those who are never sure what to make for dinner. Thank you so much Netgalley and Shadow Mountain for my gifted copy!

  11. 5 out of 5

    Jordyn Gines

    Wow this cookbook is awesome! I was given an ARC to review and the recipes I’ve made so far have all been really good and easy to make. I can’t wait to try out all the game day snacks. The biscoff cookies were a huge hit in our house.

  12. 5 out of 5

    Elaine

    Thank you to NetGalley for an ARC of Scrumptious from The Girl Who Ate Everything. I'm not familiar with the author. I requested this because of the cover. I liked how easy and straightforward the recipes were, but they were nothing special. I could Google these recipes and find many variations of them online. I enjoyed the photos and the inclusion of a low carb recipe but there was little to no personalization accompanying the recipes; no memories or stories from the author as to why she was i Thank you to NetGalley for an ARC of Scrumptious from The Girl Who Ate Everything. I'm not familiar with the author. I requested this because of the cover. I liked how easy and straightforward the recipes were, but they were nothing special. I could Google these recipes and find many variations of them online. I enjoyed the photos and the inclusion of a low carb recipe but there was little to no personalization accompanying the recipes; no memories or stories from the author as to why she was including a particular recipe. There was no foreword or introduction but this was an ARC so maybe it wasn't added in yet. This is ideal for cooks who don't want to spend a lot of time in the kitchen and don't mind casseroles and heavy dishes.

  13. 4 out of 5

    FMSWarrior

    OH MY! So many scrumptious recipes! I can’t wait to try many of them. Even some low carb and quick and easy recipes. I’d say you and I both need to check this book out and give the recipes a try. One pan dinners could become my new go to. 

What I really like are her tips throughout the recipes on what you can substitute, like shredded mozzarella for fresh if you don’t have it. Little things like that might leave a newer cook from making a recipe unless they knew they CAN swap things out like th OH MY! So many scrumptious recipes! I can’t wait to try many of them. Even some low carb and quick and easy recipes. I’d say you and I both need to check this book out and give the recipes a try. One pan dinners could become my new go to. 

What I really like are her tips throughout the recipes on what you can substitute, like shredded mozzarella for fresh if you don’t have it. Little things like that might leave a newer cook from making a recipe unless they knew they CAN swap things out like that. Kudos for the tips and the recipes! I’m going to be writing out my shopping list now and try a few to start.

  14. 4 out of 5

    T

    I was all set to hate on this cookbook for the following reasons: 1) The first recipe out the gate, the BLT Salad, has NO sauce to bind the ingredients. WTF. The cornerstone of a good pasta salad is the sauce (don’t @ me, pasta salads are, like 99% of my diet in summer…I’ve put in the research) 2) All these recipes sound BLAND. Like beyond bland. Like salt and pepper is the most exotic it gets up in here But then I thought to myself: “Self…consider these the foundations of a house and the spices th I was all set to hate on this cookbook for the following reasons: 1) The first recipe out the gate, the BLT Salad, has NO sauce to bind the ingredients. WTF. The cornerstone of a good pasta salad is the sauce (don’t @ me, pasta salads are, like 99% of my diet in summer…I’ve put in the research) 2) All these recipes sound BLAND. Like beyond bland. Like salt and pepper is the most exotic it gets up in here But then I thought to myself: “Self…consider these the foundations of a house and the spices the interior décor. You have a whole freaking CABINET of spices with which to decorate.” So, because nearly all these recipes look quick and stupid easy to throw together (and I’m nothing if not hungrily efficient), I find this a solid 4 star cookbook with the caveat that you, too, will need to put your own spice collection to work (hit up Penzeys or Savory Spice Shop and thank me later).

  15. 5 out of 5

    Suzi

    Talk about a perfectly titled book – every recipe looks positively scrumptious! I know this because every single recipe is accompanied by a photo, which in my mind is the mark of a great cookbook. This cookbook is jam-packed with tried and true recipes from blogger Christy Denney (The Girl Who Are Everything). “Scrumptious” includes one-pan dinners (a favorite of mine), recipes for feeding crowds and game day munchies, tried and true classics, and of course desserts! There are some low carb recip Talk about a perfectly titled book – every recipe looks positively scrumptious! I know this because every single recipe is accompanied by a photo, which in my mind is the mark of a great cookbook. This cookbook is jam-packed with tried and true recipes from blogger Christy Denney (The Girl Who Are Everything). “Scrumptious” includes one-pan dinners (a favorite of mine), recipes for feeding crowds and game day munchies, tried and true classics, and of course desserts! There are some low carb recipes that look so good, you won’t even know they’re keto friendly. There’s also a quick and easy section, but none of the recipes in the book are overly complicated or fussy, and the directions are clear and easy to follow. These recipes are super approachable and family-friendly. There are no “weird” ingredients or spices; these are all things that most people have on hand or buy regularly, and comfort ingredients abound: cheese, cream cheese, butter, heavy cream, and bacon. Yum! This is a cookbook I’ll reach for often. Many thanks to NetGalley and Shadow Mountain Publishing for providing me an advance copy of this book.

  16. 5 out of 5

    Jen

    My new go-to cookbook! The recipes are easy to follow and delicious. The photos are a nice touch. I honestly bookmarked so many recipes in this cookbook I finally just stopped because it was most of the book- unusual for me! Even better- these are recipes my whole family will eat and make weeknight meals easy. 5⭐️

  17. 4 out of 5

    Grace

    I found this a little disappointing, which is possibly my fault for going into this with skewed expectations. I think this is probably a great cookbook for suburban moms, but that is not me, and I think I bookmarked 4 recipes out of the ~100, and even those four I'm not super excited about. I found this a little disappointing, which is possibly my fault for going into this with skewed expectations. I think this is probably a great cookbook for suburban moms, but that is not me, and I think I bookmarked 4 recipes out of the ~100, and even those four I'm not super excited about.

  18. 4 out of 5

    Jenny K

    Almost every recipe in this collection looks like something I would make and my family would eat. It calls for everyday ingredients widely available. I am adding this cookbook to my wishlist and will be testing several recipes before I have to return it to the library.

  19. 5 out of 5

    Sandra

    When I read about Scrumptious, I wanted to check it out. It sounded appealing when I read the description. When I first flipped through the cookbook, I was surprised. I found several recipes that I was interested in trying and could see my family enjoying. It's hard for me to find cookbooks with several recipes that peak my interest. So far, I've made the Salsa Verde Chicken Skillet and the One-Pan Chicken Fajita Rice. Each of the recipes turned out fairly good except I didn't cook the rice long When I read about Scrumptious, I wanted to check it out. It sounded appealing when I read the description. When I first flipped through the cookbook, I was surprised. I found several recipes that I was interested in trying and could see my family enjoying. It's hard for me to find cookbooks with several recipes that peak my interest. So far, I've made the Salsa Verde Chicken Skillet and the One-Pan Chicken Fajita Rice. Each of the recipes turned out fairly good except I didn't cook the rice long enough. It was something new so my kids weren't too interested in it, but they have to see a dish a few times before really enjoying and trying it. My husband enjoyed the meals especially the One-Pan Chicken Fajita Rice. He suggested that we add it to our regular meal rotation. The recipes were not-too time consuming and flavorful. Usually, it seems like easy recipes skip the flavor, but I thought these recipes were delicious. I found the prep time and the cook time to be fairly accurate. The ingredients were mostly pantry staples for us, which I felt was a plus. There are several more recipes I would like to try and I gravitated toward the recipes in her "tried and true," "low-carb favorites," and "one pan dinner" sections. Those were the strongest sections to me. I felt like this cookbook offers more dinner options for my family that aren't overly time consuming. I would recommend checking it out. Please note I received a free copy to review, however, this is my honest opinion.

  20. 4 out of 5

    Dominique

    All I can say is wow!!! I first opened the book just for a quick perusal and found that I could not stop exploring it after getting just a peak. The book itself is beautifully laid out, with delicious looking pictures for every recipe and easy to understand instructions. But on top of that, I could probably imagine myself making just about every one of them! There are a lot of pretty standard favourites in the book like broccoli cheese soup, shepherds pie, and cheesy taco pasta shells. However, wh All I can say is wow!!! I first opened the book just for a quick perusal and found that I could not stop exploring it after getting just a peak. The book itself is beautifully laid out, with delicious looking pictures for every recipe and easy to understand instructions. But on top of that, I could probably imagine myself making just about every one of them! There are a lot of pretty standard favourites in the book like broccoli cheese soup, shepherds pie, and cheesy taco pasta shells. However, while most of the recipes seem like things I’ve heard of before, many of them have their own exciting twist (like Cuban sandwich dip, birthday cake cinnamon rolls, and sheet pan Philly cheesesteak). Plus, this book is just layered with the reality that it is a mom cooking for her family. The recipes often make enough to feed a group, come together in a relatively short period of time, and if there’s a way to make an arduous task quicker, she does it (like by cooking pancakes on a sheet pan or lasagna as a one pan meal). Even reading the table of contents gives the clear impression that this is the kind of book anyone feeding a family could use everyday without getting bored. It’s divided into one pan meal, recipes to feed a crowd, game day snacks, low-carb favourites, quick and easy recipes, her tried and true favourites, and sweet desserts or snacks. I am thoroughly impressed by this cookbook that features tons of recipes with easy instructions and big payoffs. Frankly, I think that for anyone looking for a cookbook that can help them get delicious meals on the table each day, this book is beyond worth it. It may not be filled with the most creative or new flavour profiles, so if you’re looking for that then I’d try elsewhere, but if you’re just looking for good and simple food, this is the book for you! Thanks to the publishers and netgalley for a digital arc of this book in exchange for an honest review.

  21. 5 out of 5

    Annie

    Originally posted on my blog: Nonstop Reader. Scrumptious is a cooking and recipe guide with recipes developed and curated by Christy Denney. Due out 2nd Nov 2021 from Shadow Mountain, it's 224 pages and will be available in hardcover and paperback formats. This is a nice cookbook with an emphasis on ease of preparation, tastiness, casual dining and family appeal. These are really uncommonly tasty dishes. Many of them are one-pan/sheet pan dinner which make cleanup easy, and all the ones we t Originally posted on my blog: Nonstop Reader. Scrumptious is a cooking and recipe guide with recipes developed and curated by Christy Denney. Due out 2nd Nov 2021 from Shadow Mountain, it's 224 pages and will be available in hardcover and paperback formats. This is a nice cookbook with an emphasis on ease of preparation, tastiness, casual dining and family appeal. These are really uncommonly tasty dishes. Many of them are one-pan/sheet pan dinner which make cleanup easy, and all the ones we tried were delicious. There is no lead-in or introduction, the author opens with the recipes, grouped in chapters thematically: one pan dinners, feeding a crowd, game day eats, low-carb favorites, quick and easy, tried and true, and something sweet. The recipes are nearly all based on wholesome unprocessed ingredients (the exceptions are for things like premade marinara sauce which almost everyone has on hand). Each recipe includes serving yields, special notes, and prep times. Recipe ingredients are listed bullet point style along with optional ingredients. All measurements are given in American standard measures only. The directions are given step by step, numbered sequentially. The nutritional information is not provided. The recipes' ingredients are easily sourced and the resultant dishes are family friendly and appealing to kids and adults. All of the recipes include photos. The food is beautifully presented and the serving suggestions are appetizing and appropriate. Nearly all of the recipes make a LOT of servings. This would be great for meal planning fans - make enough for dinner and have enough to pack a lunch for work the next day(s). There are a number of these recipes which have made it into my personal potluck recipe book of dishes to take to group dinners and family gatherings. Good recipes, full of hearty and satisfying food. Four and a half stars. Disclosure: I received an ARC at no cost from the author/publisher for review purposes.

  22. 5 out of 5

    Nicole

    Great cookbook!! It's a little bit understated for the quantity of recipes included, with the recipes broken up into less traditional categories so that could actually be a detriment, making some recipes harder to find. I do love the categories and wide variety of options available, it just might make it tricky to find a certain recipe when I need it. The categories are One-Pan Dinners, Feeding a Crowd, Game-Day Eats, Low-Carb Favorites, Quick and Easy, Tried and True, and Something Sweet. I ten Great cookbook!! It's a little bit understated for the quantity of recipes included, with the recipes broken up into less traditional categories so that could actually be a detriment, making some recipes harder to find. I do love the categories and wide variety of options available, it just might make it tricky to find a certain recipe when I need it. The categories are One-Pan Dinners, Feeding a Crowd, Game-Day Eats, Low-Carb Favorites, Quick and Easy, Tried and True, and Something Sweet. I tend to look for recipes to prepare based on what I have to cook with that night, which meat I need to use from my fridge, etc. However, I LOVE that every single recipe has a picture!! The pictures are also extremely well done, providing a beautiful visualization of each dish. The recipes all appear to be fairly straight-forward and simple, with easy-to-find ingredients that everyone will most likely have in their pantry or be able to readily get. The recipes also aren't complicated, with excellent step-by-step instructions, a small list of ingredients (instead of a long list of lots of ingredients), as well as tips to help make the recipe even easier on the majority of the recipes. I really like how there is just a short-and-sweet introduction to each recipe. A cookbook should be mostly about the recipes, not a lot of narrative to wade through to get to the actual recipe. This cookbook provides that -- beautiful photos for every single recipe, straight-forward recipes with a reason why we should try that recipe, easy-to-find ingredients, and great step-by-step instructions. I received a digital ARC of this book, and I will be purchasing a physical copy to add to my cookbook library in my kitchen!! The look forward to adding so many of these recipes to my family's meals!! ***I received a digital ARC of this book from the publisher via NetGalley in exchange for my honest review.***

  23. 5 out of 5

    =^.^= Janet

    Date reviewed/posted: August 13, 2021 Publication date: August 31, 2021 When life for the entire galaxy and planet has turned on its end, you have personally decided to basically continue on #maskingup and #lockingdown to be in #COVID19 #socialisolation as the #thirdwave ( #fourthwave #fifthwave?) is upon us, superspeed readers like me can read 300+ pages/hour, so yes, I have read the book … and many more today. Plus it is hot as all heck and nothing is more appealing than sitting in front of a fa Date reviewed/posted: August 13, 2021 Publication date: August 31, 2021 When life for the entire galaxy and planet has turned on its end, you have personally decided to basically continue on #maskingup and #lockingdown to be in #COVID19 #socialisolation as the #thirdwave ( #fourthwave #fifthwave?) is upon us, superspeed readers like me can read 300+ pages/hour, so yes, I have read the book … and many more today. Plus it is hot as all heck and nothing is more appealing than sitting in front of a fan with a kindle! I requested and received a temporary digital Advance Reader Copy of this book from #NetGalley, the publisher and the author in exchange for an honest review. From the publisher, as I do not repeat the contents or story of books in reviews, I let them do it as they do it better than I do 😸. If you can’t be left alone with warm cinnamon rolls or a fresh batch of chocolate chip cookies, or if you enjoy creating photos of your culinary creations almost as much as eating them, Christy Denney, the blogger known as “The Girl Who Ate Everything,” has the perfect cookbook for you. Scrumptious from the Girl Who Ate Everything combines Christy’s expert professional experience as a recipe writer for both Betty Crocker and General Mills with her life experience as a mother of five and one of ten siblings. Christy knows food often is the centrepiece of family life and can be a major undertaking, requiring creativity, planning, practice, and purpose. Christy showcases 101 of her favourite recipes, each beautifully photographed using natural light from a window in her home, and includes detailed instructions for prep time along with helpful tips. From unforgettable Sunday brunches with Banana Muffins to easy weeknight one-pan dinners like One-Pan Chicken Enchilada Skillet, to low-carb meals like Egg Roll in a Bowl, to rolling out the works for a game-day crowd—including her NFL-husband’s favourites like Jalapeno Popper Bread and Garlic Parmesan Wings—this is the family-friendly cookbook for anyone looking to plan quick-and-easy meals and wants a way to bring people together, feasting on food which can only be described as scrumptious. Food is the centrepiece of a family's life....if you have a husband who does not eat like a 3 year old. (I eat everything ... I can afford.) I have never heard of her husband, but I am now reading her first cookbook as I have a very picky palate to deal with as most moms/cooks/caretakers do as well. The recipes are well written and understandable by cooks of all levels and the photos make the food very appealing to myself and other lovers of food out there and they seem adaptable when dealing with food quirks and idiosyncrasies! I especially love the book because it uses mostly whole ingredients instead of pre-prepared and packaged foods. I do draw the line at making my own cheese beyond a quickly-made mozzarella, and canning tomatoes but the more "ingredients" you use the better. My one nephew says that I never have any food in my house, only ingredients --- that is why I cook so much. I also refuse to eat or cook with Frankenfoods such as "chick'n" and its 88 ingredients vs. 🐔chicken🐔 having one and cheese that does not come from an animal is udder nonsense!) I will recommend this book to friends, family, patrons, book clubs, and people reading books in the park as we do … I have had some of my best conversations about books and food down by the Thames! As always, I try to find a reason to not rate with stars as I simply adore emojis (outside of their incessant use by "🙏-ed Social Influencer Millennials/#BachelorNation survivors/Tik-Tok and YouTube Millionaires/snowflakes / literally-like-overusers etc. ") on Instagram and Twitter... Get a real job, people!) so let's give it 🍑🍑🍑🍑🍑

  24. 5 out of 5

    Kim

    I’ve been following this food blogger for a few years so I was excited to peak inside her newest cookbook and let me tell you, it did not disappoint! In fact, I’m going to buy a couple hard copies to give as gifts, particularly to newly weds as this book has a bit of EVERYTHING! From comfort food to game day to fancy appetizers, this cookbook really covers the gamut from cooking for a crowd on soccer night to “look at this yummy dessert I made”! Let me just list a few to give you an idea what’s I’ve been following this food blogger for a few years so I was excited to peak inside her newest cookbook and let me tell you, it did not disappoint! In fact, I’m going to buy a couple hard copies to give as gifts, particularly to newly weds as this book has a bit of EVERYTHING! From comfort food to game day to fancy appetizers, this cookbook really covers the gamut from cooking for a crowd on soccer night to “look at this yummy dessert I made”! Let me just list a few to give you an idea what’s inside these pages; chicken and dumplings, easy Bolognese, garlic knots, various sheet pan dinners as well as casseroles. But also there are jaw dropping recipes for Raspberry cream cheese puffs, crepes, Prosciutto aspagaus bundles and Cookie butter lava cookies, WHAT?! That cookie recipe alone might be worth buying this cookbook! There are so many recipes inside these pages and each has its own photo, which I personally love so I know how it’s supposed to look. This cookbook is a treasure for anyone who has been cooking for many years to the ‘just launched’ young adult who wants to learn to cook. Thank you to Netgalley, Shadow Mountain Publishing, and Christy Denney for this eARC in exchange for my honest review.

  25. 5 out of 5

    Diane

    Beautiful pictures, delicious recipes… If a cookbook makes me hungry I know it’s going to be good. From the tantalizing photos that had my taste buds dancing, to the low-count ingredients, there was lots to love about the recipes included here. From one-pan sheet meals to yummy cinnamon rolls, there was a huge variety of foods to choose from… The author is a blogger who added a personal touch to the recipes she included. Whether a testimonial from her large family or a comment about the meal, ther Beautiful pictures, delicious recipes… If a cookbook makes me hungry I know it’s going to be good. From the tantalizing photos that had my taste buds dancing, to the low-count ingredients, there was lots to love about the recipes included here. From one-pan sheet meals to yummy cinnamon rolls, there was a huge variety of foods to choose from… The author is a blogger who added a personal touch to the recipes she included. Whether a testimonial from her large family or a comment about the meal, there was a small intro to every recipe. The recipes were simple (for the most part) and used ingredients that most kitchens would already have. Heavy on elements that bring flavour to the dishes (cheese is a huge one!) the meals are sure to bring smiles to those who eat them… If you are on a diet, be wary, but adapting the recipes to cut down on calories or carbs could be done as well. Overall, I would definitely add this to a new cook’s recipe repertoire. Or for anyone afraid to step into the kitchen as this is simple, delicious (if carb and calorie fearless) food. *I happily reviewed this book **Thank you to NetGalley

  26. 5 out of 5

    Sheila

    I love a cookbook that has a little of everything. This book offers something for all palates, all sizes of families, and whether you want to eat healthily or indulge. I also was super impressed that most of the recipes are easy to make and with ingredients that you probably already have in your pantry. The categories found in the cookbook are: One-Pan Dinners Feeding a Crowd Game-Day Eats Low-Carb Favorites Quick and Easy Tried and True Something Sweet Here are some of the recipes that I tried and some I love a cookbook that has a little of everything. This book offers something for all palates, all sizes of families, and whether you want to eat healthily or indulge. I also was super impressed that most of the recipes are easy to make and with ingredients that you probably already have in your pantry. The categories found in the cookbook are: One-Pan Dinners Feeding a Crowd Game-Day Eats Low-Carb Favorites Quick and Easy Tried and True Something Sweet Here are some of the recipes that I tried and some that are still on my list to try: Sheet Pan Pancakes Egg Roll in a Bowl Creamy Parmesan Shrimp Monterey Chicken Quesadillas Sheet Pan Philly Cheesesteak One-Pan Chicken Enchilada Skillet Blueberry Lemon Blondies Tuscan Soup Chicken Parmesan Meatballs I'm actually excited to try more of the recipes. Alongside every single recipe is a gorgeous photo that makes your mouth water. This cookbook would make a fantastic gift for any cook in your life, young or old. To be honest, you just might as well buy a copy for yourself. Once you start looking through the pages, you will want to start cooking and baking to your heart's content.

  27. 4 out of 5

    Lindsey

    As a mom of 5, it's clear that Denney is used to feeding a lot of people and doing it efficiently. Filled with easy sheet pan dinners and one-pan skillets, this book is loaded with hearty, simple meals like Alfredo Gnocchi and Broccoli Bake and One Pan Enchilada Skillet. One-Pan Breakfast bake and single tray pancakes and omelettes give you great breakfast options too! All of the recipes are only one page long, involve a reasonably simple number of ingredients, and include a photo! There's not a As a mom of 5, it's clear that Denney is used to feeding a lot of people and doing it efficiently. Filled with easy sheet pan dinners and one-pan skillets, this book is loaded with hearty, simple meals like Alfredo Gnocchi and Broccoli Bake and One Pan Enchilada Skillet. One-Pan Breakfast bake and single tray pancakes and omelettes give you great breakfast options too! All of the recipes are only one page long, involve a reasonably simple number of ingredients, and include a photo! There's not a lot of "flavor" text, and you don't see a lot of the author's perspective and personality here, but the recipes are straightforward, albeit not especially original. It's clear their meant to be crowdpleasers not gourmet productions. I, for one, am excited about this, because I think it will be great for expanding my picky kids' repertoire. Although recipes like Mushroom Risotto and Salmon Fresca are sure to keep the adults happy too. It's the kind of book you could start at page 1 and try out each recipe along the way! Can't wait to get started!

  28. 5 out of 5

    Rorie

    I love cookbooks, especially when they're loaded with color pictures of delicious looking food. This cookbook meets and exceeds that expectation. There are so many recipes in here that I can't wait to try out! I had several on my menu plan last week, but then I gave myself a concussion, because I'm awesome like that, so I was only able to make the Alfredo Gnocchi and Broccoli Bake (I added chicken and mushrooms to make it a complete meal) which was a huge hit, and the Cheeseburger Sliders, which I love cookbooks, especially when they're loaded with color pictures of delicious looking food. This cookbook meets and exceeds that expectation. There are so many recipes in here that I can't wait to try out! I had several on my menu plan last week, but then I gave myself a concussion, because I'm awesome like that, so I was only able to make the Alfredo Gnocchi and Broccoli Bake (I added chicken and mushrooms to make it a complete meal) which was a huge hit, and the Cheeseburger Sliders, which actually turned out to be full-size because apparently I can't read. But they were really yummy as well. I tend to shy away from cookbooks that don't include pictures, because if I can't see what a recipe should look like (if you're not me, because mine never looks that good) then it just doesn't sound as appetizing for some reason. I guess I'm just a very visual person. At any rate, I really appreciate the full-color pictures. The recipes all seem to be relatively simple to make as well, which is another huge plus for me. Definitely a book that will be used over and over again.

  29. 4 out of 5

    Meghan

    This book was received as an ARC from Shadow Mountain Publishing - Shadow Mountain in exchange for an honest review. Opinions and thoughts expressed in this review are completely my own. I have been wanting to review this cookbook for the longest time and it definitely did not disappoint. I was shocked to see how Christy Denney approached this cookbook and not wasting so many pages on what the reader will need rather than incorporate it all in the recipe so that it is all in one place and the rea This book was received as an ARC from Shadow Mountain Publishing - Shadow Mountain in exchange for an honest review. Opinions and thoughts expressed in this review are completely my own. I have been wanting to review this cookbook for the longest time and it definitely did not disappoint. I was shocked to see how Christy Denney approached this cookbook and not wasting so many pages on what the reader will need rather than incorporate it all in the recipe so that it is all in one place and the reader does not have to jump back and forth. I can definitely see this book as a potential candidate for our cooking demo and all of the recipes look simple and delicious. I can't wait to try the garlic knots, mashed potato casserole, the egg roll bowl and definitely the stuffed shells. I know our community will love this book and it will definitely be a hit in our cookbook collection. We will consider adding this title to our TX Non-Fiction collection at our library. That is why we give this book 5 stars.

  30. 5 out of 5

    Juli Rahel

    'Scrumptious' is an utterly decadent cookbook full of delicious recipes and beautiful pictures that are bound to have you drooling. One of the big plusses of the recipes in 'Scrumptious' is that Denney knows how to feed a big crowd and many of the recipes are either made to feed an army or can easily be scaled up. Considering I usually just cook for myself, I'm in for some amazing leftovers in the future! There is also a picture for every recipe which is amazing because I need to be able to visu 'Scrumptious' is an utterly decadent cookbook full of delicious recipes and beautiful pictures that are bound to have you drooling. One of the big plusses of the recipes in 'Scrumptious' is that Denney knows how to feed a big crowd and many of the recipes are either made to feed an army or can easily be scaled up. Considering I usually just cook for myself, I'm in for some amazing leftovers in the future! There is also a picture for every recipe which is amazing because I need to be able to visualize it to cook it! Denney also sticks to easy ingredients which is great in between the more experimental recipes I've been trying to make. I want something delicious that I can make with what's easily available! The only downside I would say is that the recipes are very carb and cheese heavy. While I absolutely adore these things, I'll have to mix in a solid vegetable dish or salad sometimes to balance everything out. I'll definitely be trying out the Creamy Chicken Soup', the 'Easy Bolognese' and the 'Cookies and Creams Brownies' because ooh myyy goooddd!

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