If you are familiar with the television show Blue Bloods you are aware that every episode has the family dinner scene. Despite the busy schedules of a trauma nurse, police officers, and other family members, that dinner sceneblue bloods cookbook always happens. That show anchor led to the creation of the The Blue Bloods Cookbook: 120 Recipes That Will Bring Your Family To The Table by Bridget Moynahan and Wendy Howard Goldberg with the help of Chris Peterson.

The book is broken into eight sections covering everything from soups to salads, main dishes, desserts, and more. Each recipe has detailed instructions regarding ingredients and how to make the meal. While there is information on number of services the dish will make, there is a lack of information regarding the dietary and nutritional information. In addition to the 120 recipes and the colorful pictures of completed dishes, there are behind the scenes details of what goes on at the set during filming.

Along with details from the set and the recipes shared by cast members, a real highlight of the book is the section titled “Blue Bloods Family Dinner Menu” that starts on page 255. The six pages here suggest meals from appetizers to dessert with the name of the dish and page number listed. While the section references the fact there are holiday meals in the book, there are also plenty of other dishes to occupy your non-holiday cooking and eating.

A nine page index brings the nearly 300 page book to a close.

Filled with basic and holiday meals along with plenty of neat stuff from behind the scenes of the show, The Blue Bloods Cookbook: 120 Recipes That Will Bring Your Family To The Table is a good one. Despite the obvious lack of important nutritional and dietary information, it does its job of promoting the show and family dinner time very well. No matter your personal preferences, at least some of the 120 recipes included should work for you and your family.

The Blue Bloods Cookbook: 120 Recipes That Will Bring Your Family To The Table
Bridget Moynahan, Wendy Howard Goldberg, and Chris Peterson
St. Martin’s Press
November 2015
ISBN# 978-1-250-07285-6
Hardback (also available in e-book format)
288 Pages

Material for my use was supplied by the good folks of the Haggard Branch of the Plano Public Library System.

Kevin R. Tipple ©2016

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