by Suzanne Schlosberg & Sara Quessenberry

Andrews McMeel Publishing, $16.99, 195 pages

Authors; Sara Quessenberry and Susannah Schlosberg are geniuses to create a cookbook like this one. They have cataloged their recipes into events. Just leafing through the The Good Neighbor Cookbook you begin to think of things you could do for others. The author’s have a servant’s heart and it gives us the incentive to want to serve others also. Whether you want to have a neighbor over for a smoothie on your deck this summer, a special snack for the football game or even an elegant dinner for two, this book has your instructions on hand and easy to find.

There are recipes on the lighter side and recipes that will satisfy the health nut. Some are low-sodium (no salt, no butter), olive oil and the use of a variety of spices and herbs that are on our kitchen shelves but are seldom used. This cookbook also offers suggestions for encouraging others without cooking. Great ideas! It also takes the idea of making certain dishes ahead of time and having them in the freezer for an emergency situation for a friend or neighbor. The Good Neighbor Cookbook includes cooking tips, nutrition and yet, comfort foods for a variety of situations refined in our everyday lives. The organization of events and recipes is so helpful for last-minute ideas for a friend or one in need.

Reviewed by Mary Church