Tuesday, May 7, 2013

Come to the Table and Share the Bounty Cookbook Review




When I sat down to page through these two books Share the Bounty: Finding God's Grace through the Spirit of Hospitality and Come to the Table: Food, Fellowship, and a Celebration of God's Bounty, something happened to me that has never happened before with a cookbook.
Update! Congratulations to Vicky B. who said: "If I should win one of these beautiful books, as much as I would like to keep it for myself, I know a most wonderful, special Christian woman whom I would gift this to. Thank you for giving everyone this very generous opportunity."
Your comment came up in the random draw to win! Please contact me by email at mary@deepsouthdish.com by midnight on Tuesday, May 14, 2013, to claim your cookbook. Let me know which cookbook you would like and provide the name & address you would like it delivered to! Congratulations Vicky and thanks to all for your sweet and lovely comments. They really warmed my heart to read. Be sure to follow Deep South Dish to be informed about future giveaways!!
Share the Bounty
Sure, I've found connections to cookbooks, most especially when they are Southern cookbooks. I have smiled and literally laughed out loud. I have cried. Reminisced. But I have never had a peace wash over me before like I did when reading through these two.

It's not surprising since both books are filled with beautiful, scenic outdoor photography and indoor and outdoor church and home architecture. You'll also find plenty of photographs depicting lovely garden settings, beautiful home decor, floral arrangements, elegant table settings, tea time and cozy kitchen shots.

Come to the Table
What is different and unique about these two cookbooks is that they are primarily geared toward a Christian audience, and the text throughout both of the books is reflective of that. While much of the content surrounding the recipes is scriptural in nature, there are also other inspirational quotes and poetry from many sources, both secular and religious, scattered throughout.

Festive Occasions - Share the Bounty
These are both beautiful and inspiring "coffee table books," either of which is a perfect choice for gift giving for many holidays and occasions, including birthdays, or as a housewarming, hostess or bridal shower gift. Available through your local bookstore, or online at outlets such as Amazon, where with your Prime Account, you can have either Share the Bounty or Come to the Table delivered to your home in two days, just in time for Mother's Day.

Oh yes, and there are the recipes!


Come to the Table
Come to the Table is arranged by meal related events and focuses on breaking of bread together over God's blessings in abundance. We start with "The First Meal of the Day," where you'll find recipes for things like Orange Cranberry Bread, Creamed Chicken on Cornbread and Glazed Lemon Muffins. In the chapter "Parties, Picnics and Lunch in a Basket," you'll find recipes such as Picnic Steak Salad, Green Apple Cole Slaw and Old-Fashioned Potato Salad.

Fresh Pear Salad - Come to the Table
"Dinner on the Grounds," includes recipes for Grilled Chicken Pasta Salad, Cheddar Squash Strata and Spicy Apple Cake with Caramel Icing, among others, great for any church supper. In the chapter for "Small Group Dinners," you'll find recipes for dinner and sides, such as Stuffed Pork Tenderloin, Spinach Parmigiana, Flank Steak with Mushrooms, Fresh Pear Salad, Company Meat Loaf and Potato Croquettes, perfect for those dinner parties.

New Potato and Sweet Onion Gratin - Come to the Table
"Family Gatherings," brings Beef Tenderloin, Wild Rice and Mushrooms, Sunday Roast Chicken, Gigi's Baked Carrots and Cheese Stuffed Zucchini among others. "Seafood Selections," includes recipes for Crab and Corn Chowder, Low Country Shrimp and Sausage Creole, Tilapia with Baby Spinach, Cajun Snapper Fillets and  Crab and Shrimp Casserole.

Green Apple Cole Slaw - Come to the Table
"Small Morsels" includes Shrimp Salsa, Jaiara's Chocolate Truffles and Gorgonzola and Fig Tartlets. Come to the Table ends with the chapter, Magnificent Table Prayers and a final chapter, Valediction.



Share the Bounty has most of the same characteristics as found in Come to the Table. Here you'll also find photographs of beautiful table settings and outdoor scenery, prayers and scriptural and inspirational quotes. This volume, however, is more about celebrating the spirit of hospitality and entertaining and the sharing of life's most important occasions together, intended to inspire you to open your home and share God's grace with others.

Grilled Chicken and Wild Rice Salad - Share the Bounty
Chapters in Share the Bounty begin with "Prepare to Share," where you'll find recipes including Shrimp and Yellow Rice Salad, Pork Tenderloin with Balsamic Vinegar Marinade and Easy Brunswick Stew. "Three Delightful Luncheons" follows with recipes for Grilled Chicken and Wild Rice Salad, Heirloom Tomato Soup, CC's Turkey Casserole, Sea Island Salad, Strawberry Fluff and more.

Strawberry Fluff - Share the Bounty
Next is "Festive Occasions," focused on celebratory gatherings for marriages, retirements, graduations and baptisms, and includes recipes for Marinated Dijon Shrimp, Chicken Tarts, Baked Crawfish Dip, and Poulet Nicoise. "Four Convivial Dinners," is focused on times for welcoming friends and neighbors to our tables and features main dish entrees such as Sunday Rib Roast, Spicy Sausage and Chicken Lasagna, Finley's Baby Back Ribs and Crabmeat Almandine along with salads, sides and a Chocolate Coffee Pie dessert.

Sunday Rib Roast - Share the Bounty
The "Hospitality for the Very Young" chapter features recipes that appeal to the younger crowd and include Aunt Emma's Tea Cakes, Macaroni Cupcakes, Barbeque Meatballs and Fresh Berry Pizza among others. "International Cuisine" gives us Gazpacho, Pollo San Miguel, Veal, Prosciutto and Portobello Fettuccini and Pear Tarts.

Cheddar Pecan Scones - Share the Bounty
"Blessed by Guests Who Stay a While" features recipes appropriate for the times that we have overnight guests. You'll find recipes for Basil Chicken Salad, Cajun Shrimp and Grits Casserole, Ham Croissant Casserole, Blueberry Peach Coffee Cake and more. Like the sister publication, we end with peaceful photography, inspirational quotes and a Benediction.


Come to the Table
These are both hard bound, over-sized books, weighing nearly 3 pounds and measuring in at 9 x 12 inches each. The recipes are accessible, easy to follow and with no odd or strange ingredients. These books are truly much more than the typical cookbook. Each chapter opens with Scripture and each recipe closes with inspirational commentary, quotes, Scripture or a combination of them.

The recipes have beautiful full color photographs, and every turn of the page is like a spiritual refresher and inspirational kitchen devotional. They are the kinds of books you want to display, propped open on an elegant book rack on your kitchen counter, or left on the coffee table in your family room where friends visit. They both make a lovely conversation piece and will surely become a favorite item for gift-giving, because when your friends see these books, they will pick them up, relish in the contents, and want a copy for themselves.

UPDATE: GIVEAWAY IS NOW CLOSED. THANKS FOR ENTERING!


The publisher has agreed to provide ONE additional copy - winner's choice of either the Share the Bounty: Finding God's Grace through the Spirit of Hospitality OR Come to the Table: Food, Fellowship, and a Celebration of God's Bounty, for me to give to ONE lucky Deep South Dish reader - completely free!


To enter, leave a comment on this post (Please comment only once!) and let me know what you love about these books. If you post anonymous, please leave a first name and last initial to identify yourself. This giveaway closes on Thursday, May 9th, 2013 at midnight CST. One winner will be selected at random from the comments and will be announced as soon as possible on the site at this post. Winner will have 48 hours to respond to claim the cookbook. Giveaway open to U.S. residents only please.

Thanks for reading and good luck!
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Disclosure: I received one free copy each of the Share the Bounty: Finding God's Grace through the Spirit of Hospitality and Come to the Table: Food, Fellowship, and a Celebration of God's Bounty, to review and one to giveaway.

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172 comments:

  1. Oh wonderful, always love a great blog and love cookbooks even more :) ~Kel Dupree

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  2. I love cookbooks. Would love to win! Melody
    the_eaton3@hotmail.com

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  3. I love cookbooks, and they would be great gifts for my grown kids. Theresa L.

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  4. I loooovvvee the pictures...and then the recipes! Oh my - and the touch of the scriptures. Beautiful books. :-)

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  5. I love the variety and the fantastic pictures!

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  6. Sounds like an awesome cookbook. Can't wait to check it out and try those recipes. They sound like good down home recipes. Andrea P.

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  7. My Kitchen would be untouched if not for this site! I love you! You inspire me everyday to want to cook for an army! Thanks for keeping everything so beautiful and tasty!

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  8. Donna DanielsonMay 7, 2013 at 2:39 PM

    I would a chance to win,I am just started to look into southern cooking, I have been to your web site and copied some of your recipes

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  9. I love DEEP SOUTH DISH!! I a from Camden, Al and all of your recipes that I've made have been a hit! Thank you! I would love your cookbook!!

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  10. I love to collect cookbooks and would love to win these!

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  11. I love cookbooks. You can find all kinds of tasty mouthfuls...

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  12. I would love to have these in my home for all that they offer.. Thank You Mandy Estes

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  13. I have truly enjoyed your recipes on facebook, and they've truly spruced up my evening meals. Would love to have your cookbook. A great addition to the family!

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  14. God, food and fellowship. Whats not to like!!!! Love cookbooks, I red them as if I an reading a novel. Eileen H

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  15. Wow, Mary, your testimony is grace enough for me. Would love to win, however was blown away by this

    Ingrid

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  16. I would love to win this...my mamaw is 86 and one thing we do when i visit her is scroll through all of her cookbooks and recipes...would like to share a new one with her....Jodi E.

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  17. These look amazing! It would be difficult to decide which one!
    Thanks so much for your amazing site!
    I didn't learn to cook very much when growing up and only in the past five years sites like yours and Brandie's and Christy's (ok PW, too) have inspired me to enjoy preparing home cooked meals for my family and not be intimidated by my lack of skills or fancy gadgets and ingredients. I haven't have one negative recipe from your site yet!!
    Blessings!!
    Amanda "Has" ;)

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  18. Would love to add these cookbooks to my collection. Thank you for posting a few of the pictures, and what kind of recipes are inside.

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  19. I am a cookbook fanatic! I have book cases in my kitchen, lined up against two walls. Everywhere I go I buy a cookbook. Thank you for this wonderful giveaway!
    sandersknc@yahoo.com Cheryl S.

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  20. Hilda Milliken.. Would love to win one of these books.. Esp Come to the Table.. My mother was from Arkansas so I was raised on Southern Cooking. I love the hospitality there. I do follow you on facebook. I love all the cooking sites on there.

    Hilda

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  21. The photos in these books are good enough to eat! Any publication that shares and celebrates God's goodness is a must read for me! ~Hollie L.

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  22. i feel blessed to be able to use this blog to help cook new exciting foods.Thank you all for taking time to do this we are blessed to have you.May God Bless you all. I have learned alot from you.Keep up the great work..hope to hear from you soon.

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  23. I would love to win this cookbook. I love your Facebook page and all the recipes you post. Now I'll be following the blog too! Thank you for offering this great giveaway!

    Beth M. email: jb122383@gmail.com

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  24. M Helvey
    I have been a follower for some time and have enjoyed many of the recipe's. I would love to win one of these cookbooks for both the recipes and the spiritual guidance. M. Helvey

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  25. Those cookbooks sound so nice. Sometimes we need to feed not just the body, but also the spirit. Sounds like that is what is happening here. Would love to have either.

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  26. I would love to live next door to you! love your blog and recipies! ~ Donna M

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  27. Barbara JohnsonMay 7, 2013 at 3:12 PM

    I am originally from NY but have lived in rural Southeast Georgia for over 30 yrs. I am not the best cook in the world and often wondered how people could make such delicious food. I found your website and tried several of the recipe's and WOW, I really surprised my husband and family. They couldn't believe that I had cooked that food,lol! I would love to have one of your books to further enhance my new found cooking ability!!
    Thank you!!

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  28. I think a cookbook with Scriptures would be wonderful and refreshing to read. I have always loved to read cookbooks and not just skim for a new recipe. I would love to read either one.

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  29. I love these cookbooks and your blog!
    Lindsay Naegele

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  30. I adore many things about these cookbooks! First, the idea of getting together with new and old friends is part of my passion. My husband and I love working with the seniors at our church and especially enjoy our monthly potluck meals. These recipes sound great to prepare at my house for guests, for church meals, or to take to a friend. Thank you for sharing.
    Bev L

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  31. I too love to read cookbooks and these sound so interesting. Thank you for giving a wonderful review of both books.

    I do not respond to many things like this and dont seem to have any of the accounts you are asking for, sorry.
    Nancy Peck
    njpeck2008@yahoo.com

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  32. I love your website and make recipes all of the time from here. I would love to have your cookbook. I brag about you all of the time. Thanks for sharing. :)

    Fonda Eldridge

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  33. Love, Love, Love! Lee Anne Barnes

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  34. I love everything I've made from your recipes. Thank you for sharing them.

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  35. Nothing is more enjoyable than "reading" a great cookbook. These sound as if they would be excellent reading, in addition to the recipes. Thanks for sharing.
    Cindy Delatte

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  36. These two cookbooks look beautiful! love the pictures and inspirational writing, and the recipes sound wonderful! would love to display these in my kitchen :)

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  37. I love both the idea of these cookbooks and the spirit in which they are being given away!

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  38. Love all your comments regarding the two cookbooks. I would be honored to win either one.
    I also love your website and use many of your recipes.

    BJ Wells
    wellsbj@knology.net

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  39. I love that these are Christian focused. This would be a wonderful addition to my collection and would give me new ideas for our 5th Sunday Luncheons and Wednesday Night Fellowship Meals!

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  40. I love the books. How wonderful to have great recipes plus great pictures. Would love to have these books. D. Helm email - darlyhelm@aol.com

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  41. Love this cookbook give-away. Enjoy your site daily.
    Barbara H

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  42. Love cookbooks!

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  43. I just love the fact that when you pray over the food while cooking you find great joy and contentment in doing the little things to nourish your family and friends. And somehow everything just tastes better covered in prayer.

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  44. If I should win one of these beautiful books, as much as I would like to keep it for myself, I know a most wonderful, special Christian woman whom I would gift this to. Thank you for giving everyone this very generous opportunity.

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  45. I enjoy your stories and recipes. I love this cookbook giveaway. Especially enjoyed how you described each cookbook.

    Sheree K
    1sheree@comcast.net

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  46. Its cookbooks like this that help transform cooking into art and kitchens into museums. Your website did exactly that to my kitchen!

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  47. The photographs are beautiful and very calming.

    Sherri D.

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    1. Thank you for the opportunity to receive a copy of one of the books. They were so well reviewed by you that I now want copies. Thanks, Mary for the opportunity I have each day of reading your fresh authentic Southern food blog and recipes. It would be nice if you wrote your own cook book but I do understand why you don't. Thanks, Mary, for your excellent dedication. Phyllis C.

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  48. I would absolutely love this cookbook, because of the wonderful Southern inspired dishes linked with the importance of fellowship. Thanks for offering it.

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  49. I JUST LOVE COOKBOOKS. I LIKED THE PICTURES OF FOODS.THAT IS WHAT MAKE ME WANT TO TRY THE RECIPES.THESE BOOKS WILL BE GOODS TO GIVE AT ANNIVERSARIES.

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  50. I read cookbooks and cooking magazines like novels! ☺ How I would love to add these to my "library".

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  51. Would love to read these cookbooks!

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  52. The pictures are gorgeous in these cookbooks. Great recipes and Beautiful photography. Win Win!!

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  53. Beautiful pictures. The recipes sound wonderful!

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  54. I have been receiving your daily emails for the past 2 years and look forward to them each day. Although from the NY, I do travel south every year and so much enjoy the hospitality and the yummy food that I get. Getting your book would keep me continuously connected all year with the great feelings I get when I'm on vacation. Thank you for the opportunity to receive your great recipes every day, they have become a collection that I value so much.

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  55. Its nice of you to have a Giveaway. The books are something i would like because its just more than a book of recipes, there is spiritual readings and wonderful nature pics. My name is Patty and I approve the cookbook. :)

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  56. https://www.facebook.com/ldyhalstead?ref=tn_tnmnMay 8, 2013 at 7:01 AM

    What I love about these two cookbooks is that they are written with a spiritual perspective. I can see and almost feel the quality of the pages just by the pictures in this review. I felt like I was turning the pages my self almost! The pictures are stunning and evocative. And the recipes. Oh the recipes. I can hardly wait to make the Marinated Dijon Shrimp and the Crabmeat dip. I would like to say that the review itself is one of the best I have ever read. It is so good of a review that I feel that I must have those cookbooks for my library. Thank you.

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  57. Cookbook collector.... :) Love them,
    Tracie S., mom of 3 in Georgia

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  58. I love the fact that they have scripture and uplifting comments in them. Not only can you cook for the ones you love, but you can also be blessed at the same time.

    Sherri K.
    reeree821@aol.com

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  59. I love browsing through cookbooks and then going back and actually trying some of the recipes that caught my eye!
    Debbie S.(dlsinil)

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  60. Would love one of those beautiful cookbooks! I love to try new recipes! Judy U.

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  61. I love the cookbooks, these are special! God's word, great recipes and pictures, blessings and creating wonderful memories.


    Janie G.

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  62. Kelly-Jane McKague-RemberMay 8, 2013 at 8:17 AM

    I find cooking to be a peaceful event!! I would love to have either of these cook books in my home to share with family and friends!!

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  63. Love to win any of these great cookbooks!

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  64. Good food, Good friends,Good life Amen.
    John C.

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  65. Love your recipes, and your site. Thank you forthe opportunity !
    Marshaleigh F.

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  66. love all cookbooks

    pete d

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  67. love yalls cookbooks

    Syd D

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  68. Sharing food and God's words, what an inspiration!
    Wanda D.

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  69. Beautiful pictures! I feel very strongly that cookbooks are gifts from the heart. Any time that you prepare a homemade recipe, whether it is just you and your immediate family, a new neighbor or sick one, it shows that you care. I have written a cookbook called "From Treasa's heart to your table". Whatever you make, make sure it contains Love. I would love to own one of these cookbooks. Thanks, Treasa W.

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  70. I treasure good & beautiful cookbooks ~ and find them inspirational in so many ways. They give us so many gifts ~ reminding us of God's abundance, the incredible diversity and beauty of food, the bounty of the earth ~ and of friends, family, simple pleasures and special occasions, and of sharing ourselves and break bread together. These two cookbooks seem to be designed to do all these things in such a lovely and intentional, spiritual way. Ohh, I'd love to have one (or both) of them! Lovely! Thank you!

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  71. One can never have too many cookbooks!
    cindicc

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  72. Both of these books are beautiful. Happy Mother's Day to all the beautiful, hardworking mother's out there.

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  73. Would love this!!! I love collecting cook books.

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  74. Beautiful cookbooks!! Thank you for the chance to learn about cooking and the chance to know about these wonderful cookbooks.

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  75. These books are gorgeous! I would love to win them. Thanks for the chance!!
    lisa59@suddenlink.net
    Lisa Langston

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  76. Always up for a good cookbook, Mary, but these look SO special with their peaceful pics, and the scriptures throughout. Nice touch! Thanks for the opp. :) xoxo @mom2L1h2 (I follow you on Twitter!)

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  77. I LOVE cookbooks! Especially beautiful cookbook like these. When I get a new one, I sit and read it like a new novel. I enjoy trying new recipes for everyday or special occasions! Cooking is the was I carry on a tradition passed on from my sweet Mother and her Mother!! I would love to win one of the cookbooks...!!!Thanks, Vicky K.

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  78. These look like the kind of cookbooks I would actually use! My kind of recipes!

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  79. Not only do the pictures look fabulous, the recipes sound amazing! Both sound like a cover-to-cover read.
    Sharon F

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  80. I can tell I will be buying several cookbooks for gifs. Would love one for me :-)

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  81. I would love to add these cookbooks to my collection. Both cookbooks look as if they could almost be used as a daily devotion. I love the serenity of the pictures of God's beautiful world and all of its bounty, the wonderful recipes and the scriptures that accompany them.

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  82. Sunlover515@aol.comMay 8, 2013 at 10:05 AM

    I am thrilled and excited to hear how wonderful either one of these cookbooks are! I love and enjoy cooking and learned from my mother and grandmother. Sure do miss both of them! I would love to win one of them!

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  83. It's rare that you would find a cookbook with scriptures included in the reading!! I personally have never seen anything like it. These books would be a great addition to any home, whether it is won or not. :)

    Andrea James

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  84. I always loved looking through cookbooks with both my grandmothers when I was little, saying "Granny, let's make THIS!" and seeing the smile on their faces. Then we went to the cupboard to see if we had all the ingredients. If so, we made what I found. If not, on to the next recipe! My mother said she was glad the baking gene skipped her and I got a double dose! Blessings to you, my friend!

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  85. What I love about these books is that YOU introduced them to the rest of us. The pictures and comments will really make each recipe special. Would LOVE to have them. Thanks so much.

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  86. Both of the cookbooks LQQK wonderfully interesting!!! I love cooking and sharing meals with Others; LUV family gatherings!!....Most of my family came out of Kentucky, Tennessee, and Virginia and we have always had a love for our entire family, seems the "more the merrier" .....ANDDdddddddddd are WE ALL used to good ole fashioned cooking!! My Mamaw taught me how to cook and she didn't have any recipes... I've about mastered all she could cook, except for homemade yeast rolls ~ ON THAT subject, I GIVE!! LOL ...On one of the side margins it stated about family roots and how straight they make one grow....FAMILY VALUES ~ I LUV EM!!! Wish more people lived like we all used to....Blessings for a wonderfully happy and blessed Day! May HIS Peace, Love, Light, and Blessings always be yours....Sincerely, Brenda Asche

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  87. I so love your site! Every recipe I have tried has been fantastic. I would love to win one of these cookbooks and expand my cooking skills. The pictures look wonderful and with scriptures in the kitchen maybe God will guide my hands and make me a better cook! Kerry Walter Kerry.walter@intertek.com

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  88. Would love to add these to my cookbook collection...hope I win!

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  89. As someone who was in a cooking co-op (meal swap) for ten years, where we did not repeat menus for one year, I'm always looking for new or variations of recipes. I would love to add a Deep South Dish cookbook to my collection!!

    Kimberly W (Mississippi)

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  90. The pictures are amazing! I'd love one of these cookbooks for my collection and to share with friends!
    fritz@vet.ksu.edu

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  91. This is the best site on the WWW! I am intrigued by the combination of good food and the good Lord! What a joy!

    Deborah H.

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  92. Love having His Word and great recipes in the same book! :)

    Kristalea F.

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  93. Thank you so much for sharing your bounty and God's blessings with each of us. You are a blessing to me and I cannot wait to see what all He has in store for me through your beautiful testamonies and these beautiful books. Thank you for all your do! Many blessings! Tammy in Alabama

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  94. Sounds like a joyous read. I love it when reading a cookbook is more like reading a good book. Thanks for sharing!

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  95. martha v

    Love the beautiful pictures.

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  96. I love trying new cookbooks. And these look wonderful.

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  97. Leslie:
    Thank you for offering this giveaway. These cookbooks sound wonderful.
    leslieannstevenson@yahoo.com

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  98. I am inspired by the fact that there are still places where the Lord our Savior and the Heavenly Father come to the fore front of our everyday world reminding us that the true bounty is in what he provides for us. I'm a foodie at heart and these are exemplary cookbooks. David Wunderlin 417-437-1001

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  99. i love cookbooks....these ccokbooks look and sound amazing..would so love to add one of these to my collection...

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  100. The books would be a wonderful addition to my home. I love that they are family oriented and bring our heavenly Father to the forefront. Would love to have these. Shannon A rscountryhome@gmail.com

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  101. Thank you, Mary, for this giveaway, as well as your outstanding description and review of these cookbooks. If they have received a high rating from you, that speaks volumes (pardon the pun!).

    Theresa A.

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  102. Hello Mary! I love cookbooks and have more than I could ever use! If the winner, this cookbook would go to my wonderful 81 year old Christian mother! She and my dad moved back about 10 years ago to live close to me and they are a joy. Cookbooks like these are a treasure and offer such inspiration and beauty in a world where much of these important things have been forgotten. Thank you for passing one on to a very fortunate winner!!! Kathy C from Louisiana

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  103. These sound like wonderful books to add to a cookbook collection.
    carder-shari@lycos.com

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  104. I would love this book - love the pictures best in a book of this type!

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  105. I love the picture, recipes and lovely Christian theme. Thank you

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  106. These two beautiful books are truly touched by the hand of God. He has brought all of the wonderful contents together so that He may be glorified in such a distinct way and to bring calm and beauty to the person who is cooking from and reading them. I would so love to be the owner of either one of them but I am sure that there is a very special person that I could gift it to. My daughter's teacher comes to mind because of the patience she has shown her in a very chaotic, difficult world.

    bonniebaker44@msn.com

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  107. So enjoy your blog! These books are truly inspiring- remind me of a combination of Martha and Mary. Love the biblical passages and the recipes are inspiring me to continue with special celebrations of food and good times.
    Paula Williams

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  108. Love all your recipes. I've tried a lot of them and the family loves everyone I've tried.

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  109. A cookbook that can help me get back into the kitchen and get out of the rut of always having the same old thing, but is still similar enough to the food we already enjoy. Perfect! Thanks for sharing and giving people an opportunity to enjoy this too.
    Elisa A.

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  110. Combining food for the soul using God's word & food for the natural man is a fantastic idea. I love it..

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  111. Thank you for offering these beautiful cookbooks in this giveaway . I have tried many of your recipes and I love your site . I spread the word of good southern cooking far and wide .

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    1. My computer is laggin up . Thanks again , Rhonda Murry

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  112. Love, love cookbooks!

    Sue C

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  113. I've always found reading cookbooks to be so relaxing. Probably because it was something that my grandmother and I would do together. Would love to share these with my Granddaughters. We love to read through cookbooks and choose our next kitchen adventure.

    Sandy S from the Louisiana Gulf Coast

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  114. Forgot to leave my name-- Beverly F.

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  115. Thanks Mary for all your awesome recipes :-) I love your site and it has really opened my eyes to lots of great food

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  116. I would love to have these! These remind me of the cookbooks my mother always used from the Methodist Church in Jackson MS.

    Julia R.

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  117. I love getting recipes off the Deep South site. This would give me new recipes to try when my children are home. My son is a chef, so I try to make neat dishes. Also, having the pictures and Scriptures to read prior to cooking them would just make this give-a-way a true Blessing to receive.

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  118. They both sound great,would love to win either one of them. Thanks for the chance. Mary Ann K. Louisiana

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  119. these sound absolutely beautiful

    Regina Mc

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  120. Both books sounds wonderful - great recipes but also something for us to think about.

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  121. I love the beautiful photographs along with the recipes!

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  122. Food,fellowship,beautiful photos - love the book.

    Cindy H.

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  123. Everyone knows the best food is found at church suppers, so I would expect there would not be a dud in the bunch!

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  124. What a beautiful presentation of photographs and scripture all with recipes too!

    Tammy

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  125. Such beautiful pictures and recipes. Thanks for the chance to enter.

    Andrea D.
    short74717@msn.com

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  126. Thank you Mary for giving away such a lovely book. I would love to have either one.

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  127. I love the variety and am always on the lookout for new recipes.

    Lisa G.
    lag110 at mchsi dot com

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  128. My HUSBAND forwarded the email about these cookbooks to me! They both sound wonderful -- nourishing both body and soul!

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  129. Would love to receive these cookbooks to add to my enormous collection. They look like something that would be a treasure.

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  130. your receipes make me feel like I'm back in OS. thanks

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  131. My husband and I collect cookbooks and these we don't have. The few meals shown are interesting and yummy looking. Fingers crossed!

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  132. The cookbooks would be a cherished addition to anyone’s home. The book’s author(s) used their energy wisely, showing every day can be filled with the joy. This is a great giveaway. Thank you Walt W.

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  133. Love this site. Have used many recipes. Thanks for the chance to win a cookbook. Sadie B Smith

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  134. Love this site. Have used many recipes. Thanks for the chance to win a cookbook. Sadie B Smith

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  135. I love all the books because I love to read and the fact that My Lord is included in these Books make them that more special.judy W.

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  136. I collect cookbooks :) I love that these cookbooks use regular ingredients!

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  137. Beautiful pictures along with "from the heart"recipes, what else would one need??
    birdsnest10000(at)yahoo(dot)com

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  138. Diane M
    I love the title and know that many will love the recipes.

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  139. I read cookbooks like a good novel and this cookbook would give me inspiration along with recipes and beautiful pictures.

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  140. Deana H. I love the fact that these two books have recipes for feeding your Spirit as well as your body. So very important.

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  141. Barbara T.
    Two of the greatest blessings given to us from our heavenly Father are family and good food. I love to cook for my family and friends and these books would be a good excuse to try out new recipes on them!

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  142. Oh, I would love these cookbooks, have never heard of them before-great giveaway Libby R

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  143. Our pastor preached a message on hospitality, opening our homes and serving others. Books would be perfect to follow through on that message. Sandy Mc in Belton Mo

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  144. The recipes sound like they would be something that could be made on a daily basis, not just for company. SharonF mommafox1943 at msn dot com

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  145. What an interesting twist on cookbooks! I think the photography looks lovely, I especially love looking at church interiors and exteriors.

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  146. The Cookbooks speak Volumes about the Southern Hospitality that is graciously extended towards others with a Warm Smile, A firm handshake or a hug and the greeting of Welcome "Yall come on in and Sit a Spell!! Friends and family are gathered around the table to Celebrate special occasions and also to say Grace thanking God for the Blessings and also the Bounty of the food that is prepared and set before everyone in style. A passage of scripture is also shared during these special moments. The memories made will forever be cherished in the hearts and souls of those who were blessed to have created and shared them as well. CR,

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  147. What perfect timing for this giveaway, since my wife has been in hospital and therapy care for the past 5 months. As we work to getting her back home again, we can use all the spiritual inspiration available - whether it be through good wishes and prayers, or a cookbook with the same uplifting message. Thank you for the chance at these cookbooks. Since most of my time is currently spent away from the computer to be with my wife, should I be lucky enough to win, but not be able to check back on the website, I hope you'll be able to get in contact with me. Good luck to all the entrants! @SolakNC/Tom Mann on Facebook.

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  148. What a nice giveaway! https://www.facebook.com/cindi.guess

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  149. Great recipes! Thanks for sharing!

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  150. The photos look beautiful and it is a concept I have never seen before in a cookbook. It would be lovely to give and, perhaps, lucky to receive.

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  151. I just found this site and I love It . To win the books would be awesome. I have already found numerous recipes on ur site I am anxious to try. Thank you so much..... NaDean Hickox

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  152. Patty D.

    I love cookbooks....especially those with southern dishes!

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  153. The recipes of course!! Every Saturday, my husband and I pick a cookbook and pick 5 courses including desert to prepare. He is a wonderful Sous Chef and getting better every week. This Saturday he is going to do it all by himself with no help. Cant wait to see what he comes up with!!!

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  154. Sounds like both are wonderful cookbooks. Would love to win! Stephanie R.

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  155. Hi Miss Mary, I thoroughly enjoy your blog. I visit many food blogs, but there are two I can always count on to offer great recipes that work and inspire me. Your recipes are so reliable. It would be an honor to win a cookbook through your blog! We are currently living in our camper because we sold our house in order to buy a larger one. The reason for wanting more space is because we are foster parents and needed more bedrooms, plus we want to entertain more so we can be a godly influence to others. One of my gifts is cooking, but I have to use recipes. I can't just throw things together. Either if these cookbooks will definitely inspire me to know what to cook and keep me focused on what is really important. Also, just displaying these books in my home would be an influence to visitors as they page through the contents. Thank you for your heart and your blog, Dorothy P., Georgia

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  156. I grew up in Georgia, but was never really allowed to be in the kitchen, growing up .. I was always "in the way". Now, I have my own daughter ~ and it's with websites like your own, and cookbooks like these, that I have her convinced her mama is a good cook. So thank you! :)
    P Weaver, Texas

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  157. I love these kind of cookbooks because they weave our real time lives into the recipes in a way that is comforting to read.

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  158. Pics look great! Would love to go through the recipes...
    Devorah H.
    Manchester

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  159. I am so in love with this site! Came across it while looking for recipe for salmon patties we had for dinner...My Ed said yum! I don't do fishy stuff but after looking through you site, I'm thinking I will have to try some of your great recipes! The tips are the best thing about it all :)
    Colleen B
    Anderson, Indiana

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  160. Love the spiritual side to them. They look beautiful!
    Shirley B.

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  161. Love good home cooked comfort food! Would be awesome to add this to my collection of recipes :) LeaEtta K.

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  162. Any Southern Cookbook is a treasure for sure. Becki F

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  163. Anonymous
    "The recipes have beautiful full color photographs, and every turn of the page is like a spiritual refresher and inspirational kitchen devotional". How can I comment further. I want to share these wonderful spiritual and devotional cookbooks to a friend whom opened her home to me in fellowship and friendship while I undergo cancer treatment. RMc

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  164. Giveaway is closed! Thanks so much for entering & good luck!!

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