Friday, November 6, 2009

Book Review - Simple Everyday Cooking

Book Review
Simple Everyday Cooking
by Myra Guillot and Judy Vandiver
book review by Judy Vandiver
 copyright 2009

Joy is the fulfillment of a long-awaited dream. Did you notice that my name is listed above twice?  We did it!  Mom and I finally wrote our long-talked-about cookbook. And it will be out in time for Christmas. What a joy and celebration.

The cookbook is filled with recipes that are easy to prepare and just right for hungry families. And guess what?  You won't have to hunt down specialty stores for exotic ingredients. All the ingredients used in these recipes can be found in most grocery stores and probably within your own pantry. 

AND we have a website up where we'll share more recipes, cooking tips and hints, and an easy place to order your copies of our cookbook.  The website is:

Here's the blurb from the back cover:

Do you wonder what to fix for supper, what to cook for company, or what to take to a pot luck dinner? Simple Everyday Cooking gives you many fast, easy ideas with 212 recipes made from ingredients found in most modern day pantries.

Authors Myra Guillot and Judy Vandiver have put together their collection of recipes handed down by grandmothers, great-grandmothers, and good friends. They enjoy cooking, but prefer recipes that are easy enough for everyday. But don’t think the meals are bland or boring. Your family will think you went to cooking school when you serve Shrimp Scampi or Popcorn Rice. They’ll enjoy comfort foods like Cream of Potato Soup or Purple Hull Peas with Smoked Sausage. And your guests will be impressed with Warm Melting Chocolate Cake and Circuit Riding Preacher Cookies.

With more than enough Cajun roots, Myra and Judy include recipes for Roux, Gumbo and Individual Crawfish Pies. But you’ll also find recipes for Italian, Oriental, and American dishes. And if you live a busy lifestyle and like to cook ahead, try Make-Ahead French Toast or Pizza Spaghetti Casserole.

Ask for the cookbook at your local bookstore (ISBN: 978-0-578-04026-4) or place your order online. We'll be happy to mail you copies for yourself and friends.     

About the authors: 
Myra Guillot, born and raised in Louisiana, is well-known for her many Cajun recipes. Her home has always been a gathering place for family meals, church suppers, and a good cup of coffee. Myra and her husband, Herschel, owned and operated a popular Cajun restaurant, The Cajun Corral, for a number of years. Customers loved to gather around a large open-pit fireplace watching a pig roast over the slow turning spit, eat roasted peanuts, enjoy chicken gumbo, shrimp étouffée, or fried catfish. Many of those succulent recipes are among the pages of this cookbook. 

Myra and Herschel raised four children, Bruce, Judy, Chris, and Gwen. They have nine grandchildren and eleven great grandchildren, with another expected very soon. Myra and her husband now reside in Pearland, TX. They retired from Sears, Armco Steel, and  the restaurant business, but family and friends still gather for their great cooking or a good cup of coffee. 

 Judy Vandiver (hey - that's me!)  is Myra’s oldest daughter and learned to cook by watching her mother perform what she considered “magic” in the kitchen. One of her first jobs was waiting tables and learning to cook in the family restaurant. Judy has saved many of the recipes used by her mother, grandmothers, and aunts, adding a few new favorites along the way. She has won several local cooking contests with versions of recipes found on and in the Simple Everyday Cooking cookbook .

Judy and her husband, Steve, reside in Pearland, TX—just a few doors down the street from her mom and dad. They have two grown children, David and Melissa, and six grandchildren. Judy and Myra enjoy sharing recipes, teacakes, and a daily cup of coffee. Judy also enjoys writing magazine articles, devotionals, church skits, and bible studies. You can learn more about Judy or read some of her devotionals and bible studies by going to her personal website,

The new cookbooks are set to arrive by November 30, 2009, but may be here sooner.

Place a pre-order today by going to our new website dedicated to bringing you more recipes.  But hurry. Limited quantities available.
Order extras as Christmas gifts. 
Published by: Writing for God's Glory