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Magnolia Table: A Collection of Recipes for Gathering

4.23  ·  Rating details ·  4,004 ratings  ·  389 reviews
#1 New York Times Bestseller

Magnolia Table is infused with Joanna Gaines' warmth and passion for all things family, prepared and served straight from the heart of her home, with recipes inspired by dozens of Gaines family favorites and classic comfort selections from the couple's new Waco restaurant, Magnolia Table.

Jo believes there's no better way to celebrate family and
ebook, 336 pages
Published April 24th 2018 by William Morrow Cookbooks
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Lisa Suit It is definitely a cookbook (vs a lifestyle book) and so far one I am really enjoying! There are 7 different chapters of recipes, pictures of her…moreIt is definitely a cookbook (vs a lifestyle book) and so far one I am really enjoying! There are 7 different chapters of recipes, pictures of her family interspersed with pictures of completed recipes, and brief intros about why each recipe is special to their family and/or how she serves it.(less)

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Miranda Reads
Jun 28, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: hardcover
Above: pork tenderloin, grilled raspberry-chipotle (p. 235)

There are two things I remember distinctly about those early days in our marriage. One, I really loved the act of putting on an apron...And, two, I had a domed glass cake stand on our counter that I never liked to see empty.

Above: green beans amandine (p. 174-175)
Joanna Gaines, from the hit TV show Fixer Upper, and designer of Magnolia Homes, has added one more star to her plate - cookbook author.
Above: chicken casserole (p. 199)
Absolutely beautiful book, but in terms of practicality...I'm not sure how many of these recipes I'll ever make. Still, the pictures and writing style are gorgeous. And I can't help but love the Gaines and want to support everything they do.
Nov 07, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I received this book as a college graduation present and was enamored with it. I love the layout, the way that everything is presented and so many delcious things. I want to cook practically everything in it! In a saturated market of cookbooks, this one stands out!
Dec 17, 2018 rated it really liked it
Shelves: in-the-kitchen
Fans of the Gaines family will really enjoy Magnolia Table because Joanna has added a lot of personal touches to this book. She talks about her family and her life in Waco. There are many pictures of her children, her farm, etc. She also includes family recipes that apparently have been family favorites through the years.

The recipes have easy to follow instructions and, for the most part, require common ingredients that are easy to find. Not all of the recipes include photos but I would say
May 18, 2018 rated it it was amazing
I just love Joanna Gaines. And this book is not an exception... I marked more than half the recipe to try! Note that if you have food intolerances, like I have, you may have problems finding some recipes that you can eat, because she uses a lot of bread, eggs, cheese and milk, but there's always a way ;-)

Can't wait to try these!!
Weatherly Webb
Jun 03, 2018 rated it did not like it
My reviews are not generally so very different from everyone else s. This may be a first. I love to cook and love cookbooks and read them from front to back. I think I read at least half of this one with my jaw hanging open.
I don't think I am a food snob. I often make the basic "Texas Queso", Velveeta and Rotel in the microwave, but the number of times Velveeta showed up in this cookbook was astounding. Condensed cream of something soup also was included in several recipes. The author also uses
Conni (AKA Book Goddess) Neiswinger
Lots of gorgeous photos of food made with canned ingredients, store bought mixes, condensed soup, etc. Nothing I'll be purchasing or cooking from! It doesn't deserve any stars.
May 15, 2018 rated it really liked it
I love this cookbook, but gave it 4 stars because she uses Velveeta in several recipes and I just CANNOT. I’ve made several of the recipes and loved the baked chicken with bacon bottom and wild rice! It was a hit among everyone, even kids!
Dec 28, 2018 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Waaaaay too much canned cream of chicken soup. And canned/boxed things in general.
Kyra Leseberg (Roots & Reads)
A nice collection of well known recipes with simple ingredients and easy to follow directions. The beautiful photographs and notes from Joanna are a great addition.
Susan Crowe
Aug 05, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Beautiful pictures! Great commentary before each recipe. But boy, does she use a lot of cheese and butter! And that's not the vegan in me talking. That's the person who enjoys blood moving swiftly through my arteries. I do love JG though. And this is a beautiful book that I will proudly display on the shelf with my other favorites.
3.5 stars

I'm not a fan of home improvement shows so it took me more than a minute to realize the stars of Fixer Upper and the owners of Magnolia Table restaurant were one and the same.

I picked up Magnolia Table because I love to eat and I love food porn.

First, the quality of the book is great. It's really thick and heavy, on nice paper with large, gorgeous pictures.

Second, I wasn't sure what to expect with the recipes; in my experience, you see the same crop of recipes pop up time and again,
Jan 01, 2019 rated it really liked it
I tabbed several to make and have already made on which turned out really well. I loved that it made enough to feed ALL OF US and we had leftovers.
Megan BG
Feb 24, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: books-i-own
I've already made a few things from this cookbook and they were easy and delicious. The pictures and brief write-ups really add something. Beautiful!
Mira Prater
Aug 27, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: 2018
This is probably one of the best cookbooks I’ve ever read. This and Chrissy Teigen’s cookbook.
Kristin Bateman
Apr 29, 2018 rated it really liked it
I can't wait to start cooking from this. I'm not crazy about all the processed ingredients she uses (cream of soups, Velveeta, etc.) so I don't how often I'll use those recipes, however.

But basically, I want Joanna Gaines to be my BFF.
Sara (Sjthroughthelookingglass)
I love the Gaines empire, but this cookbook fell flat. To me, a seasoned cook, the recipes seemed simplistic and lacking creativity. I read this cover to cover and came away thinking it was mad
e to round out her brand.
Jul 03, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I was hesitant going into this book. I am a devoted Fixer Upper viewer, and what I learned from those early seasons is that the Gaines family eats out a lot. Maybe that was just during filming when they're in the midst of a big project with no time for cooking, but I never watched the show and thought, "I bet they'd create a good cookbook."

That being said, if you enjoy country cooking (me!), then this really IS a good cookbook. Some of the recipes are Joanna's, sometimes they're from extended
Apr 13, 2019 rated it it was amazing
I love to read cookbooks that share stories as well as recipes (my sister and I have many recipes from our mother, grandmother, and aunt - the stories that go along with a lot of these are precious to us). At the beginning of each chapter (breakfast, lunch, soups & salads, etc), the author - saying Joanna seems a little too personal since I only know her through her TV show and books - tells a story about each category. It feels like she's sharing something personal with all of us. And, to ...more
Angel Pickard
May 21, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I am so excited to start cooking out of this. If you read the intro, I find that I have the same thought process and feelings toward cooking for my family and Joanna does. This is an interesting and fun compilation of eclectic family recipes that the Gaines family uses. Texas has wonderful food traditions and she includes things like the chili recipe but also infused her family culture and tastes into the pages. It’s fun to get a cookbook that has everything from Syrian donuts to Korean, to ...more
Kambly Belz
Jun 26, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Jun 20, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Beautiful photography and layout. I appreciated the stories she shared with every recipe. And yes, I read recipe books cover to cover like a novel ...more
Jun 26, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Lovely photos and great quality paper make this a nice cookbook to add to your collection. Many family recipes collected from both Joanna and Chip's families with notes and stories to go along. Most of the recipes are pretty basic every day fare, and lots of them are things that you may already have in your own family cookbook. Farm to table is a literal thing for the Gaines family, they are blessed to have their own farm to shop from :)
Apr 30, 2018 rated it it was amazing
I’m so excited to try these recipes. The first thing I did was read through ingredients because if there are too many ingredients or too many weird ingredients, I’ll never make the recipe. This cookbook is great in that regard. The ingredients are mostly standard and even a few store-bought items for simplicity’s sake. She is a hardworking mom after all, like so many who will be grabbing this cookbook! I didn’t read the instructions for each recipe, but they were all organized and numbered and ...more
Nov 03, 2018 rated it really liked it
Ok, so I have (quite a few) recipe books! But since I now have two sons in the southwestern states, I thought I’d like to incorporate a few new ideas from that neck of the woods in my cooking. This book draws from the menu used for the Gaines’ restaurant in Texas, with an emphasis on hearty food for gatherings of people. Recipes have ( so far) have received rave reviews, but there are many I haven’t tried yet. Looking forward to it though!
Mellie Antoinette
May 02, 2018 rated it really liked it
I must admit, I was super skeptical about another Magnolia product. There’s a little bit of a Midas touch going on with this couple right now. So I did what any self respecting cookbook hoarder would do, I bought it for full price...on release day. I was hooked on the first recipe - Jojo’s Biscuits. I’ve been looking for a good biscuit recipe.

And then she kept referring to this super Romantic Salad, I’m thinking well yes ma’am, been needin’ one of those too (). Turns out it’s a ROMAINE Salad. As
Sep 02, 2018 rated it really liked it
If you're expecting high-end, fancy recipes, this may not be the recipe book for you. Joanna Gaines, of Fixer Upper fame, gives us an everyday, useful book of recipes - recipes for a get-together with friends or a potluck at church or just feeding your family. Yes, there are 'cheats' - sometimes the recipes call for canned chicken broth, instead of making your own; or gasp! Velveeta cheese is called for in a recipe. While the true gourmet cook may shrink back in horror, most of us are shouting ...more
Jill Tool
May 29, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: finished-reading
If you ever watch HGTV's show Fixer Upper, then your acquainted with Joanna Gaines, the designer who brings her clients dream home to life. In their last season of the show, one of the projects was a restaurant which had been a staple with history in the Gaines's town of Waco, Texas. Chip and Joanna bought the restaurant and as usual Joanna put her spin on it and updated the restaurant which now they own.

In this book, Magnolia Table is also the name of their restaurant, Joanna shares some of
This book started and ended strong - totally attainable and interesting jams and homey desert classics bookend an otherwise standard set of recipes, which are easier to recommend for busy women who don't enjoy cooking or teenagers starting off in the kitchen rather than to home chefs or foodies. This is essentially a slightly tex mex version of the halfway homemade show/recipes. For me, I want a copy of this book for the great basics: brining and roasting birds, fun twists on brunch casseroles, ...more
Oct 15, 2018 rated it really liked it
Genuine and authentic. That's Joanna Gaines in her blue jeans, simple top and an apron. She puts the love back into cooking. Food intolerances and digestive issues have taken that out for me and it was lovely to spend some hours reading the stories and recipes in the book that felt like warmth and comfort. I'll try and tweak a few recipes so I can eat them. Is it possible to make those fluffy biscuits gluten free? One can only try.

This is the ultimate in nurturing or as Gaines puts it, love
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Joanna Gaines is co-owner, co-founder and lead designer of Magnolia Homes, and co-stars in HGTV’s Fixer Upper with her husband Chip Gaines. She is the mother of five and lives in Waco, Texas.