Southern Living What’s For Supper

What’s for supper? This age-old question can overwhelm even the most seasoned home cooks.Southern Living has the answer with their new book, WHAT’S FOR SUPPER: 30-Minute Meals Everyone Will Love (Oxmoor House; April 24, 2012; $19.95/Paperback) written by Southern Living Test Kitchen Specialist Vanessa McNeil Rocchio.

The everyday dilemma of what to make for dinner is solved with WHAT’S FOR SUPPER. Based on the most popular column in Southern Living, it is a collection of more than 250 quick, delicious and nutritious dishes perfect for today’s busy families. Drawing upon the brand’s legacy and expertise, the book shows home cooks how to make Southern classics such as Chicken-Fried ChickenShrimp and Grits, Spicy Roasted Red Bell Pepper Pimiento Cheese, and Smothered Pork Chops over Rice, in a snap.

More than just a collection of southern recipes, WHAT’S FOR SUPPER also gives America’s favorite foods such as pastas, pizzas, chili, burgers, roasts and stir-fries the speed-cooking treatment, with recipes that come together in less than thirty minutes. Thestress of cooking after a hectic day goes away once readers have these reliable, sure-to-please, Southern Living Test Kitchen-approved recipes in their repertoire. From kid favorites Cheesy BBQ Sloppy Joes and Calzones with Pasta Sauce to fast and flavorful Crunchy Crab Cakes andEasy Skillet Cordon Bleu, WHAT’S FOR SUPPER has every weeknight covered.

In less time than it takes to order-in delivery or drive to the closest fast food joint, a wholesome, made-from-scratch meal can be on the table. Vanessa offers simple recipes to replace favorite take-out in “Don’t Drive Through, Drive Home.” For meals waiting for you as you walk in the door, there’s a “Slow Cooker” chapter containing 15 foolproof recipes. In the “Dinner’s in the Pantry” chapter, readers will find inventive ways to quickly use what they already have on-hand. And cooks can even take a break from the stove with “No-Cook Suppers,” perfect for a hurried evening.

WHAT’S FOR SUPPER also solves other mealtime challenges including what to serve finicky family members or when unexpected guests drop by. The “Picky Eaters” chapter includes crowd-pleasing dishes that the entire family will love. “Cooking for Two” includes pared-down recipes that are just right for a hungry couple, while the “Weeknight Company” chapter offers special meals for impromptu dinner parties. A platter of Cajun Steaks with Louisiana Slaw or ahot bowl of Steamed Mussels with Herbs look impressive on the table, but are simple to prepare.

Peppered throughout the book are Vanessa’s Savvy Secrets, techniques and tips straight from the Southern Living Test Kitchen; Sidekicks, convenient side-dish suggestions; Time-Saving Tips; and even Table Talk, dinnertime conversation starters. She also includes great mix-and-match additions to dinner such as variations on Southern Sweet Tea, ideas for assembling a quick, colorful salad, and fun ice cream toppings.

WHAT’S FOR SUPPER shows that weeknight family dinners don’t have to be stressful, complicated, or time-consuming. Armed with this delightful cookbook, home cooks will be prepared with quick-and-easy recipes for any occasion. As Vanessa writes in the foreword, “Even in the hustle and bustle of weeknight chaos, gather ‘round the table, and enjoy supper together.” 

 About the author

With over 20 years of experience in the Southern Living Test Kitchens, Contributing Editor Vanessa McNeil Rocchio, a Texas native and busy mom herself, shares her quick and easy dinnertime solutions with the magazine’s nearly 16 million monthly readers. Vanessa’s regular magazine features include “What’s for Supper?” and “Quick-Fix Suppers.”

Southern Living celebrates the essence of life in the South, covering the best in Southern food, home, garden, and travel.  Reaching more than 16 million consumers each month, Southern Living connects consumers with the region’s rich culture through a variety of print, digital, mobile, tablet and event platforms.  Headquartered in Birmingham, AL, the rapidly expanding Southern Living brand is part of Time Inc., one of the largest content companies in the world and the largest publisher in the United States. Time Inc. is a Time Warner company.

 I received this cookbook and simply love the recipes! I have already tried a chili recipe and a sweet tea and can’t wait to try more recipes! The best thing is that they really are 30 minute meals! A real Mom (or Dad!) must have this summer!

Guess what? Our subscribers have been offered a giveaway! One subscriber will win a cookbook of their own! To enter, leave a comment below telling us what is your favorite meal to make in the summer! Deadline to enter is July 4th, 2012. One winner will randomly be selected from all entries.



  1. Jennifer A says

    I love to make pasta salads and bbq!

  2. smores, salads and bbq!

  3. Barbeque chicken, sweet corn on the grill and boiled red potatoes. YUM!

  4. Anything that does not require me turning on the oven 🙂 We bbq and use the crockpot alot in the summer

  5. Congrats to Tracy! You are the winner! 🙂

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