Come on Over: 111 Fantastic Recipes for the Family That Cooks, Eats, and Laughs Together |Jeff Mauro

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REVIEW by Dan Gibas
Jeff Mauro, The Sandwich King of Chicago & Co-Host of Food Network’s The Kitchen has finally released his first cookbook!
Come on Over is a collection of 111 recipes that are accompanied by anecdotes and heaping spoonfuls of Jeff’s charm. Of course there’s an entire chapter devoted to sandwiches which fully show how he earned the title of Sandwich King, but I was pleased to see the chapter focusing on Chicago Foods (especially since it includes the recipe for how to make caramel corn for your own Chicago Mix popcorn).
I’m a culinary nightmare in the kitchen, but I’m very excited to try out some of these recipes now that more people are getting vaccinated and it’s safer to hold gatherings.

ABOUT THE BOOK

Bursting with personality and mouthwatering dishes, a cookbook for family and friendly gatherings from celebrity chef Jeff Mauro, co-host of Food Network’s The Kitchen.

When Jeff Mauro was growing up in his big Italian American family in Chicago, his mother would often be on the phone talking to cousins, aunts, uncles, grandparents, and family friends. Her favorite phrase? Come on over! When Jeff heard those three words, he and his siblings knew company was coming and there would be good food to accompany their visit. A boy who loved to eat and make people laugh, Jeff was in heaven.

Now the host of the Emmy-nominated The Kitchen on Food Network, Jeff still loves entertaining with his family. For Jeff, there’s no better way to create shared memories than over a good meal. In Come on Over he invites everyone to share in the fun, providing delicious recipes for all occasions, from game day to birthdays to brunch, along with fun stories from his life. Whatever the get-together, Jeff has the perfect food to make it memorable–and make everyone feel like family–with recipes such as:

Early Bird Gets the Brunch . . . Come On Over

  • Sausage, Egg, and Cheese MoMuffins
  • Marjorie Alice Ross Jones’ Fried Pork Chops . . . for Breakfast

Hey Bro, We’re Watching the Game . . . Come On Over . . . And Pick Up Some Ice on the Way

  • BLT Sliders with Candied Bacon
  • Pancetta and Parm Popcorn

Come On Over . . . I’m Throwing an Island Party

  • Crispy Plantain Chips
  • Takeout-Style Chinese Spare Ribs

Do You Smell That Meat Smoke? That’s Right, It’s Coming from my Backyard . . . Come On Over

  • Smoked Cheez-Its
  • Smoked Honey-Glazed Cedar Plank Salmon

Sarah’s Baking . . . Come On Over

  • Sarah’s Famous Sea Salt Pecan Chocolate Chip Cookies
  • No-Bake Cookie Butter Pie

Overflowing with Jeff’s big personality, celebration-ready food for friends and family, and gorgeous food and lifestyle color photographs, this laugh-out-loud-funny cookbook will inspire you to pick up the phone and invite your favorite people to share good times, eat good food, and make wonderful memories.

Dan Gibas is the manager of Barbara's Bookstore in Burr Ridge.