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A beautiful, full-color collection of 100 tasty, simple recipes for unforgettable meals and gatherings from the enormously popular star of the ABC sitcom The Middle and Food Network's Patricia Heaton Parties.

A busy working mother raising four boys, Patricia Heaton couldn't be more comfortable playing "America's mom" on hit television shows such as Everybody Loves Raymond and The Middle. Though she may be a Hollywood star today, this down to earth, practical Midwesterner likes to have fun entertaining her loved ones and has never forgotten her roots.

Growing up in the suburbs of Cleveland in the 1960s, Patricia's hard-working parents - like the characters she plays on TV - didn't have a lot of extra money. With five kids to raise, extras like movies and restaurant meals were special treats. Home cooked dinners were rib-filling basics: meatloaf, spaghetti and meatballs, chicken, pork chops, burgers, fish sticks, and pot roast. Yet her mother didn't let a tight budget stop her from dreaming big, inspired by Julia Child.

On her Food Network show Patricia Heaton Parties, Patricia celebrates her culinary beginnings, transforming familiar American fare into delicious, sophisticated, lightened versions for entertaining family and friends. In this fabulous cookbook, Patricia shares her budget-friendly, simple, and deeply satisfying recipes. Some will be on the healthier side, and all will be inspired by the dishes she loved growing up, the favorites she's relied on to feed her hungry boys, and the scrumptious showstoppers she serves at her fun-filled, casual parties and get-togethers.

Patricia Heaton's Food for Family and Friends features 100 recipes for appetizers, sides, and main dishes, as well as cocktails and "guest goodies" - little treats to send home with your guests, including:

Pot Roast and Roasted Root Vegetable Hash with Poached EggsBite-Size Crab Cakes with Lemon AioliQuick Bread & Butter PicklesSpaghetti BologneseShortcut PaellaWinter Corn Chowder with Oyster CrackersFalafel Patties and Tahini Maple Dipping SauceNo-Churn Pumpkin Spice Ice CreamBourbon Pecan Glazed Pound CakeApple and Cheese DanishMaple Bourbon Old FashionedPatty's Party PunchCucumber Mint MocktailBlueberry Shortbread CookiesInfused Sea SaltsDIY Cracker JackPeppermint Kisses

Patricia provides readers with the tools for everything to make it easy to pull it all together with sample menus, kitchen setup, and tips for getting organized. Best of all, she spices it up with hilarious stories, family photos, and anecdotes from her Hollywood career.

About the Author

Patricia Heaton

Patricia Heaton is an Emmy-winning actress whose career has spanned television, theater, feature films and publishing. She most recently starred in the CBS comedy, "Carol's Second Act," starring as Carol, a mom who after raising her two children and retiring from teaching, embarks on a unique second act: pursuing her dream of becoming a doctor. Heaton's next project is a new book for Simon & Schuster, Your Second Act. When Heaton's children left the nest, she discovered she had the time to pursue passions that were previously placed on hold, both personally and professionally. She now finds her greatest fulfillment in using her influence as a Celebrity Ambassador for World Vision, a non-governmental charitable organization that provides humanitarian aid throughout the world. Through her own experience, Heaton became curious about other people's stories of second-act transitions. In the book, she shares wisdom from her own personal journey as well as insight from stories of numerous people across the country. The book is filled with light-hearted anecdotes and pragmatic steps to help readers discover their own path. She recently starred in ABC's critically acclaimed comedy, The Middle, as Frankie Heck, a mom trying to find balance between her family and career in the mid-west. The show ran from 2009 to 2018. She is, perhaps, best known for her role as Debra Barone on the classic series Everybody Loves Raymond.  She won two Emmy® Awards for the role and was nominated 7 times. In addition to her Emmy® wins, Heaton is also the recipient of the Best Comedy Actress award from the Viewers for Quality Television, a SAG award and three SAG nominations in the Best Actress category for her role on Raymond.   Heaton launched her homewares line, Patricia Heaton Home with Walmart. Born out of her love for spending quality time with family and friends, the line, which launched with outdoor dining, is a natural progression of her love for entertaining. On the Emmy Award winning Food Network series, Patricia Heaton Parties, she drew inspiration from her family and travels and invited audiences to join her while she served up incredible, party friendly foods for her co-stars, friends and family.  She brought that same sensibility to print with her first cookbook, Patricia Heaton's Food for Family & Friends.  The book is full of recipes and tips for easy, fun meals, many of which can be made ahead of time.    In 2001, Heaton co-founded FourBoys Films, a production company which she runs with her husband David Hunt.  The company produced, the Sony feature comedy, Moms' Night Out and TNT's production of The Engagement Ring both of which starred Heaton.  She also starred in Hallmark Hall of Fame's, Front of the Class.  Her other credits include the TNT/Neil Simon production of The Goodbye Girl, Sony's animated The Star and ABC's The Path to 9/11.  FourBoys' additional productions include The Christmas Heart for

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