Review: Live Life Deliciously with Tara Teaspoon

Review: Live Life Deliciously with Tara Teaspoon

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Live Life Deliciously with Tara Teaspoon is an inspiring and stunning cookbook that is a nice addition to a collection. The instructions are easy to follow and there are many beautiful images to accompany them. It contains some great tips and equipment suggestions, however it might be a bit too detailed for those looking for a quick weeknight recipe.

Review: Live Life Deliciously with Tara TeaspoonTitle: Live Life Deliciously With Tara Teaspoon: Recipes for Busy Weekdays and Leisurely Weekends
Author: Tara Teaspoon
Publisher: Shadow Mountain
Genres: Cookbook, Lifestyle
Publication Date: October 6, 2020
Rating: four-stars

Summary (from Goodreads):

As a former food editor and stylist for Martha Stewart, Tara knows how to create and showcase gorgeously themed meals for every lifestyle and occasion.

In her first cookbook, she shares more than 120 delicious showstopping recipes that are designed to impress. From leisurely weekend brunches spent over burrata cheese with grilled peaches and orange zest chimichurri to easy weeknight rice bowls with carrot-ginger dressing to a mouthwatering Italian crostata baked tart, Tara explains how to put together and master several special go-to dishes from the culinary capitals of the world to add to your repertoire.

The book also features a section where she provides a basic recipe which can then be easily transformed into two or three new recipes to make meal planning a breeze during busy weeknight schedules.

Live Life Deliciously with Tara Teaspoon shows serious foodies how to present food as an interesting and beautiful culinary experience with dishes that taste as delicious as they look.


❃ I received this book for free from the publisher in exchange for an honest review. This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review. ❃

Review: Live Life Deliciously With Tara Teaspoon

I am not familiar with the author, but according to her bio, she is quite connected with the cooking community. There is an air of Martha Stewart in this book, but Tara has a more down-to-earth approach in her descriptions. The recipes definitely seem doable and there are some unique ideas to create.

The contents include:

  • New Pantry Staples
  • The Right Equipment
  • Bites, Dips, and Snacks
  • Salads, Bowls, and Dressings
  • Side Love
  • Weeknight Routines
  • Flavour Inspired Dinners
  • Meals for Gathering
  • Morning Glories
  • Sweets to Share

❀ Extensive Equipment List

What really stands out for me in the cookbook is actually the beginning of the book that provides an extensive list of items for a well-stocked pantry and a great list of essential equipment. These sections don’t call for many hard to find or expensive things, which I found very refreshing. It might not be useful for a seasoned home chef, but there were a couple of things that caught my eye for my own kitchen.

❀ Perfect for a Get-Together

The recipes included here are definitely ones to try if you are making something for a get-together and are wanting to impress your guests. In my opinion, most of these recipes have a lot of steps that involve combining recipes from other pages. On a busy weeknight, quick and nutritious is the aim, and I just didn’t have the energy to create any of these recipes. I do have quite a few bookmarked for when I have some time to set aside, though.

❀ Beautiful and Detailed

Live Life Deliciously is definitely one to try if you enjoy a beautiful cookbook that has lots of detailed and interesting recipes for a crowd. There are some fantastic ideas in this book that will impress your guests.

About Tara Teaspoon

Tara Teaspoon

Tara has spent more than fifteen years in the food publishing industry creating recipes and articles, and food styling for various magazines, books, television and advertising. Most recently she has been the Food and Entertaining Director of Ladies’ Home Journal magazine. Prior to the Journal, Tara was a Food Editor at Martha Stewart Living,Kids, and Weddings magazines. She has appeared on the Martha Stewart television show, The Today Show and as a judge on The Food Network Thanksgiving Challenge.


About Lori

Avid reader. Contributor to The Candid Cover. Educator.

19 thoughts on “Review: Live Life Deliciously with Tara Teaspoon

  1. Angela says:

    I think the equipment section is really cool – sometimes it’s hard to know what would actually be helpful and what sounds good but you’ll never use!

  2. Kimberly R. says:

    I like that the book has a little for everybody in it – parties, small meals or just learning for beginners.

  3. Rosie says:

    This sounds great! Novel recipes and that can be transformed, I could use this to up my repertoire and possibly impress my pals!

  4. Mary Gardner says:

    This sounds like a great book. I especially like that the essential list doesn’t have many hard to find or expensive things.

  5. Lori Smanski says:

    thanks for your review. I really like simple, doable, and lot of pictures. I am a huge need instructions girl

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