Nov 27, 2013

Mormon Mama Italian Cookbook

Book Details
Author: Shannon Smurthwaite
Release Date: March 2013
Publisher: Cedar Fort, Inc.
Genre: Cookbook

Do you LOVE pasta like I do? 
Do you LOVE the taste of Italian spices like I do?
Then this book is DEFINITELY for YOU!

Juicy Italian Baked Chicken~ recipe bakes in one pan including peas and potatoes :)

Filled with wonderful Italian dishes (minus the alcohol :) hence the Mormon in the title. She has everything from meatballs to focaccia breads to truffles. She also has some really fun Italian facts and jokes with each recipe.

A couple of my favorites are:
Mama's Spaghetti and Meatballs ~ SO GOOD!
*Mangia che ti passa (Translation: Eat and it will be over, you'll feel better :)

*What do you call an Italian with his hands in his pocket? ~ A mute.

*If you don't like Mama's pasta ~ you need your noodle examined!

*Turkey is served on Thanksgiving...AFTER the manicotti, gnocchi, lasagna and soup.

Kelly's Pink Sauce ~ REALLY LOVED this one!
There is a secret ingredient that you would never guess :)
*Prom dress that Aunt Rosa made: $21.00 for material Prom hair-do from Cousin Angela: Free Turning around at prom to see your entire family (including grandparents & senile great Uncle  Antonio) standing in the back of the gym: PRICELESS!


(A special THANKS to my FABULOUS husband who cooks for are from the recipes he made :)

Mama Gallo's Bolognese Sause ~ my favorite!
Not shown are Rosa's Sweet, Sweet Potatoes~ the picture didn't turn out and we ate ALL of them so I couldn't take another one...but believe me when I say they are TERRIFIC!

EVERY recipe we tried is easy to put together and tastes DIVINE!

"An Italian meal isn't just a meal ~ 
It is an experience!"

Chad's Famous Asparagus ~ LOVED these!
Romeo & Juliet Pizza Sauce ~ It really is TO DIE FOR!
Italian Fruit Salad ~ DELICIOUS!
About the Author
Shannon McClary Smurthwaite grew up in Los Angeles, California. The oldest of three daughters, Shannon loved spending time at her Italian grandmother’s side. She attended Cal State Northridge and BYU, studying art and design. She is married to Donald Smurthwaite, and they are the parents of four wonderful children. Shannon’s family happily serve as her official food taste testers and share their mother’s love for cooking and creating in the kitchen. She resides in Meridian, Idaho, and serves as her stake’s Young Women president.

(A review copy was provide. However, all review are of my own opinion :)


  1. Yum! The Italian Fruit Salad and Chad's Famous Asparagus look good!

    1. ALL of these recipes were REALLY GOOD!
      Thanks for stopping by!
      Come see me again soon :)

  2. Thank you. Placed your book in cart for a very good friend who happens to be mormon. Thank you so much.



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