On Road Trip with G. Garvin (tune in tomorrow, 5/21, at 9pm for the Season 3 premiere), host Gerry (“G.”) Garvin travels the country finding the best Southern cuisine — in and outside of the American South. But when he’s off the clock and not on the road, G. prefers to spend time at home in Atlanta, where he loves preparing intimate meals for friends and family. In his book Dining In, G. shares that love of entertaining with readers, showing them how simple tricks can be employed to give easy recipes a bit of a gourmet edge.
To G., difficult does not necessarily mean better, and ambiance, plating skills and the wine you serve alongside your meal are deemed equally important. He shares his tips on mastering these hosting skills in the book’s introduction before diving into his approachable recipes that are chaptered by ingredient type (pasta, chicken, meats, seafood), cooking styles (braises, grilling) and some niche passions (gourmet sandwiches, oodles of desserts). G. arms readers with more than 150 recipes to prove to them that preparing a special meal at home can be more rewarding — and more celebratory — than eating at any restaurant. Likewise, everyday meals (such as the simply prepared fish tacos featured above) can be prepared in under 30 minutes, trumping takeout and letting fresh ingredients shine through.
Try a couple recipes from Dining In today:
Warm Fish Tacos (featured at top)
Chicken Breast Stuffed with Goat Cheese, Basil and Sun-Dried Tomatoes (above, left)
Pan-Roasted Breast of Chicken with Morels and Arugula (above, right)
To celebrate the new season of Road Trip with G. Garvin, we’re giving away FIVE SIGNED copies of Dining In (one copy to each of five winners). All you have to do to enter is check out this slideshow of the country’s best Southern food from Road Trip with G. Garvin and leave a comment telling us which dish you like the best.
All of G. Garvin’s books can be purchased here.
So, tell us, which recipe from Road Trip with G. Garvin, seasons 1 and 2 is your favorite? You must include your email address in the “Email” field when submitting your comment so we can communicate back with you if you’re a winner. (But do not post your email address into the actual body of the comment.) We’re giving five very lucky, randomly selected commenters each a copy of Dining In. NO PURCHASE NECESSARY. Open to legal residents of the 48 contiguous United States and D.C., 21 years or older. Void in Alaska, Hawaii and where prohibited. Odds of winning depend on number of entries received. Sweepstakes starts at 12:00PM ET on May 20, 2014, and ends at 6:00pm ET on May 23, 2014. For full official rules, visit http://blog.cookingchanneltv.com/dining-in-giveaway-official-rules. Sponsored by Cooking Channel, LLC, 75 Ninth Avenue, New York, NY 10011.