"About the Book Inspired by her family's cooking legacy, Bertinelli creates dishes that are for the heart and soul. Whether you're looking for a breakfast smoothie, tea sandwiches, or a lobster BLT, her recipes are fresh, vibrant, and down to earth. Book Synopsis As the current star of her Food Network show, Valerie's Home Cooking, and co-host of the network's Kids Baking Championship, as well as having spent years acting on television, Valerie Bertinelli has made a name for herself in households across America. But to really know Valerie, is to spend time in her kitchen. Inspired by her family's cooking legacy, Valerie specializes in showing fans how to make dishes their own families will love that are for the heart and soul. As she often says, there's a story behind every recipe and Valerie shares them in this gorgeous cookbook, where home cooks will find more than 100 recipes that are easy to make and innovative--they're just as fresh, vibrant and down to earth as Valerie herself. Many of these classic comforting recipes have an original twist like Bloody Mary Tea Sandwiches, Lobster BLTs, Quick Rotisserie Chicken Gumbo, and S'mores Popcorn. These mouthwatering dishes will be your go-tos, whether you're having breakfast or lunch on your own, friends are joining for last-minute cocktails and small bites, or the whole family is coming together for a hearty dinner and dessert. Review Quotes ""Valerie's wonderful home cooking book makes it look so easy and so much fun!""--Betty White ""When I turn the pages of this book, I feel as if I've been invited into Valerie's home. She is a 'have-a-bowl-of-spaghetti-and-cannoli' and a lot-of-laughs kind of gal...and it comes out in her words and pictures!""--Alex Guarnaschelli ""Sometimes people be known for doing a job which masks their truer selves. Valerie may work as an actress but what she is, is a cook...and a damn fine one at that. I've spent time with her in the kitchen and enjoyed the pleasures of her table, and with this book, I'm happy to say everyone else can too.""--Alton Brown ""Valerie's Home Cooking brings her cheery personality to this well-rounded cookbook...Bertinelli offers a sincere and accessible presentation of recipes.""--Publishers Weekly ""Deserves a spot on your shelf this year.""--People Magazine ""A wonderful new cookbook.""--Sweet Paul Magazine ""Brimming with chatty anecdotes, this celebrity chef cookbook will satisfy readers seeking foods for everyday occasions and casual entertaining.""--Library Journal ""Bertinelli reveals that the most important ingredient to great home cooking, is THE home cook. Her recipes offer an element of familiar comfort, along with a distinctively Bertinelli touch that keeps the classics fun and fresh...it would make a lovely addition to any cookbook collection.""--MyRecipes.com ""For a low-stress date night in or an effortlessly dressed-up dinner party, Valerie Bertinelli suggests whipping up dishes that can be prepared ahead using a few easy ingredient upgrades to bring in more crowd-pleasing flavor.""--FIRST For Women ""The best of Valerie's culinary heritage is on wonderful display in this new cookbook you want to pick up and page through. Do that and I'm sure you'll be very, very tempted to start cooking that very day."" --Cooking by the Book About The Author Valerie Bertinelli is a television personality, New York Times bestselling author, and passionate home cook. She hosts her own Food Network cooking show called Valerie's Home Cooking, reaching 1.5 million weekly viewers, and co-hosts Kids Baking Championship on the network. Bertinelli is well-known for her starring roles on the shows One Day at a Time and Hot in Cleveland. She currently lives in Los Angeles, CA."