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Potluck Survival Guide by Cherie Kimmons


Cherie Kimmons' book Potluck Survival Guide: Care & Feeding of the Athletic Supporter (Five Star Publications, Inc, 2008) is a multipurpose guide to everything you need know to put together a successful event for any age group.

Here is the synopsis from the back cover of the Potluck Survival Guide: Care & Feeding of the Athletic Supporter: Whether you're an experienced cook looking for an exciting departure from your tired recipes or someone who hasn't used the stove since you moved into your home, you'll appreciate the crowd-pleasing, easy and inexpensive recipes and advice offered by Cherie Kimmons in her newest book, Potluck Survival Guide: Care & Feeding of the Athletic Supporter.

If you need to prepare food for a tailgate party, scouting event, church dinner, school celebration or family gathering, this cookbook is for you. In addition to proven recipes that have passed the buffet test with young and old alike, Potluck Survival Guideincludes information on organizing a buffet, menu ideas for athletes and sources for top-notch or hard-to-find ingredients.

Kimmons brings to the table years of experience as a humor columnist, aerobics and nutrition instructor, parent volunteer and baseball mom, and her Italian and Cajun-French background adds a little spice to the mix, making Potluck Survival Guide as unique as it is useful.

I was given a copy of the Potluck Survival Guide: Care & Feeding of the Athletic Supporter to review and I really got a lot out of it. I have been, and will continue to be, involved in the activities at my child's school and our church, so this book gave me some great information as well as some recipes, I am totally looking forward to testing out several of these at our next potluck event! I loved that she put so much humor into the books--I was cracking up at some of the comments within the first few pages. I love all the "notes" boxes that are throughout the book that give you some extra great tips on how to adapt things for the people you are serving--I found them super useful. I also really like the chart for calculating how much of a certain item you need to serve a specific number of people. I will definitely be referring back to the Potluck Survival Guide: Care & Feeding of the Athletic Supporter many times over the next years! I believe that this book would be a great addition to any person's library who is involved in putting on an event that involves serving food.
My Springfield Mommy
March 17, 2011

This is perhaps the last cookbook you'll ever need when hunting for a dish to take to a potluck. Potluck Survival Guide: Care & Feeding of the Athletic Supporter, by Cherie Kimmons, has over 125, delicious and easy recipes for you to prepare to take to the next potluck you attend.

The book is also full of informational tips on how to prepare the ingredients, adjusting food quantities to the number of guests, making healthier versions of the recipes and suggestions for sneaking vegetables in. At first glance, this cookbook appears to be for feeding athletes, but make no mistake these recipes are for use at any time you need to whip up a dish to serve to a large crowd, whether that is for a sporting event, church gathering or family reunion.

There are actually seven different categories of recipes: Appetizers, Breakfast, Entrees, Soups and Sandwiches, Side Dishes, Salads, Desserts. So you can see how much ground you can cover at a potluck with this cookbook.

The recipes that caught my eye immediately while just paging through the book were: Comfort Lasagna, Best Barbecued Shrimp, Pizza Sandwiches, Nana's Baked Beans and the Chocolate Wax Cake.

Most of the recipes are easy and only require ingredients you either already have in your pantry or are readily available at your grocery store.

Shirley Jarvis
May 30, 2010

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..."Potluck Survival Guide: Care & Feeding of the Athletic Supporter" (Five Star Publications, $24.95) is a collection of recipes for young and old alike. Perfect for tailgates, scout events, church dinners, school celebrations, and family gatherings, this recipe collection can be prepared in a number of ways to please a variety of palates. Author Cherie Kimmons goes beyond recipes. She includes tips for feeding younger children and nutritional considerations for student athletes. There are also entertaining suggestions and sources for hard-to-find ingredients.

Anne-Marie Seltzer
The Arlington Advocate
April 08, 2010

How to Survive Potluck Dinners

Forget about stressing and impressing. School potlucks are fun. If fear stops you from putting your best culinary foot forward, or if you’re unsure of what first-graders or teens actually eat, you need that been-there-done-that parent who knows what works. You need the quintessential “Team Mom.” You need Cherie Kimmons.

FoxFoodie Elena Ferretti
Tuesday, November 17, 2009


Fifteen years ago, I was a Girl Scout leader, a volunteer for many church groups, and a cook for a huge gathering of people. There was a time where both of my daughters were involved in six after-school activities each. These social activities took place after swim meets, dance recitals, and ALL GIRL LITTLE LEAGUE.

That's only a few to mention, there were a variety of social functions, including camp-outs. The first thing that came to mind after reading Cherie Kimmon's fantastic cookbook is that my only regret with this survival guide is not having it back then. This is not only a great cookbook to expand your culinary horizons, but is also the perfect gift for anyone who needs to cook, whether it's for one person, or a group of people. I highly recommend this cookbook to beginner cooks, and experienced cooks as well.

This cookbook is intelligent, and the recipes are simple and delicious. Cornbread stuffing, pasta, and casseroles are appreciated by moms, and grandparents. Meatloaf, soups, and sandwiches were old time favorites from many children I knew. This book is delightful to read as it covers appetizers to incredible desserts. The chicken dinners, salad bar, and hamburger bar will be enjoyed by athletes, and anyone else who's hungry. For a tasty, additional variety. Cherie includes a waffle bar, and a sundae bar. Who would not feast on these mouthwatering bars?

To make reading easy on the eyes, Cherie includes special notes for each recipe, along with helpful hints, and tips on festive decorating ideas. The author includes servings for one person to twenty-five guests, and offers suggestions for dessert topping. It's impossible for the reader to get bored, after looking at awesome illustrations per page. Guidelines for pre-game and post-game meals are included, and the recipes will be enjoyed by athletes, and any social gathering in which large groups of people meet. Cherie Kimmon's step-by-step illustration of the cooking process is a comprehensive, practical presentation of great recipes that should be given to all moms. This book is packed with basic information on measurements and cooking time for tasty,and easy to prepare dishes. "THE POTLUCK SURVIVAL GUIDE: Care & Feeding Of The Athletic Supporter" is as informative as THE GOOD HUSEKEEPING ILLUSTRATED COOKBOOK: America's Bestselling Step-By-Step Cookbook, with more than 1400 recipes.

Author Geri Ahearn

Well, this book is really a treat. Humorous, well written and absolutely invaluable to anyone that entertains kids, crowds, sports fans and more. I love that this book provides you with tips on planning menus, feeding kids, feeding athletes both before a game and after, planning buffets, and then gives you recipes too! Along with that comes a section that will help the novice cook--no need to go get another cookbook to tell you how to do something you have a sneaky suspicion everyone else knows--like how to boil an egg. It's all here--even down to how to decorate, calculate quantities and pick ingredients. Each of the recipes has a side note that gives you ideas and lets you do a bit of your own experimentation. the side notes also steer you away from commonly made mistakes--I need that.

Cherie brings out very important planning points--how to balance meal colors, weights, flavors and cooking techniques. She also reminds us to take a look at who we are cooking for--children versus adults, and to be conscious of foods that can cause possible allergic reactions. When feeding athletes, Cherie points out the difference between pre-game and post-game food choices. Nervous stomachs and coaches all need to be figured in to turn out a successful, appreciated meal.

Setting up a buffet is always nerve-wracking. However, after reading Cherie's tips, it doesn't seem hard and it certainly seems easier that a sit down meal. There is a handy section that helps you calculate how much food you will need that I find very helpful. I especially like her section on setting of "build-your-own" food bars--that's definitely more my style. Go have fun, build-your-own, while I sit back with a glass of wine and watch.

Nancy J. Reid
The Big Blend

This is a cookbook full of treasured recipes and ideas for everything from cooking for game days to provide carbohydrates and protein to pick them up before the game and give them strength after the game, to meals for potlucks where you need a large quantity, to daily meals in your kitchen that children and adults both will love!

There are suggested menus, explanations of why these foods are good for active people, and little sidebars that tell you ways to change the flavors or tips on how to cook the dish.

I'm not athletic, but I found lots of recipes in the book that I can and will use - this one is a keeper!... And none are hard to make. This is written for Mom's on the go and most dishes can be fixed up quickly and put in the oven, or prepared the night before for the next morning. There's info on how to make meals that will travel with you on the way to the game.

If you have an active, busy family, this cookbook is for you. If you do potlucks, there are some great, tasty recipes for that. And, if you're like me and in a house with two occupants, it's still a great cookbook because it has good tasting easy recipes!

Jo Ann Hakola
The Book Faerie

A cookbook aimed at tailgaters and those who commonly attend other potlucks aimed at supporting athletic event

Potlucks, a gathering of people bringing any dishes, random is the very definition. "Potluck Survival Guide: Care & Feeding of the Athletic Supporter" is a cookbook aimed at tailgaters and those who commonly attend other potlucks aimed at supporting athletic events. Although aimed at that demographic, the contents inside can be applied to any such situation which calls for a potluck. Containing information pertaining to his type of event such as quantity concerns, elusive components, and presentation, it leaves nothing to guess work. "Potluck Survival Guide" is a must for any common attender of such events.

October 8, 2008
By Midwest Book Review

"[Potluck Survival Guide] has more than 100 of the kinds of recipes-and thousands of those helpful little tips. like substituting tortilla chips for tortillas in King Ranch Casserole-that keep a pot-luck cook popular."

Rose Kennedy,
Food Writer for Metro Pulse,
Knoxville, TN August 20, 2008

"If you have ever had to prepare a meal for more than 5 people, this book is a must have! Not only is this book filled with tons of delicious recipes, many of them are easy to prepare, and can even be made a day in advance. The book is full of tips on feeding large groups of people, with advice on timing, presentation, etc.... This is the one cookbook that I own that has all the information and tips that you could possibly need for entertaining/feeding a large group. I wish this had been published long ago."

~Love to cook "Looking for shortcuts"
Amazon.com Reviewer

"This book takes the pain out of figuring out what to feed your kids before a game. I know how important nutrition is for youngsters playing sports, and there are great ideas in here for feeding athletes. This book is a winner!"

~Larry Seivers
Two-time All-American Wide Receiver
University of Tennessee

"This brilliant cookbook with tasteful illustrations and deliciously simple recipes reminds me that I can cook up a healthy meal that my family of athletes and their teammates deserve."

~Denise Pennington
Mom of New York Jets Quarterback Chad Pennington

"As a minister I have participated in more potluck dinners than any human being should endure. But Cherie Kimmons' marvelous cookbook, Potluck Survival Guide, encourages me to break out the casserole dish and start cooking up a storm. Better yet, I should just buy dozens of copies and start passing them out to my church folks. Ms. Kimmons' cookbook can be enjoyed and utilized by nervous novices or experienced chefs. Not only does she cook like a dream; she also writes like a dream. I would recommend her cookbook to anyone who loves to cook, who loves to eat or who just loves to read through recipes presented with style, humor and panache."

~Rev. Sherry N. Harris
Vestavia Hills UMC

Published by: Five Star Publications
ISBN: 978-1-58985-073-6
Published 2008
Paperback / Nonfiction

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