You'll be the MVP of gift-giving this year.

By Southern Living
November 27, 2017
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Stumped by someone on your gifting list this year? Southern Living to the rescue! We can think of one cookbook that will please even the pickiest (er, most selective) Southerner on your list. This book is perfect if you want a present that will elicit oohs and ahs. It's also beautiful and practical. And, best of all, the recipient is sure to use it all year long. It is, we daresay, an heirloom in the making.

What Can I Bring? Southern Food for Any Occasion Life Serves Up is a brand-new Southern Living book from Mississippi native Elizabeth Heiskell, a Today show contributor and chef. Inspired by the much-loved "What Can I Bring?" column from Southern Living magazine, this cookbook answers that very question. It's packed with gorgeous photography and classic recipes to suit every occasion. In fact, Heiskell organizes the book by event—including church potlucks, housewarming parties, Sunday brunches, christenings, and wakes—ensuring that readers will be prepared no matter the situation at hand.


More often than not, Southerners show their love and support by cooking for each other. Dropping off a casserole, inviting a new neighbor over for dinner, making big batches to share—we're always looking for new ways (and new recipes) to show our communities that we care. That's why, when it's prepared by a Southerner, a chicken casserole is never just a chicken casserole. It's a gift from the heart, a reminder that we're always looking out for each other.

In What Can I Bring?, Elizabeth Heiskell shares some of her favorite recipes, from mains and salads to desserts and sides, (including much-loved Sour Cream Coffee Cake and an unforgettable Chicken, Shrimp, and Pimiento Salad) to bring for each and every occasion. There are, of course, plenty of classic Southern comfort foods inside too, such as Chicken Pot Pie, Vegetable Beef Stew, and Chicken and Dumplings. This book is the gift that keeps on giving, literally. It will help readers navigate each occasion, both the celebrations and the tough times, with pages upon pages of best-ever recipes, to boot.

Buy it: $30,

Buy it: $30,

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Will you be gifting Elizabeth Heiskell's What Can I Bring? Southern Food for Any Occasion Life Serves Up this holiday season? It has already earned a permanent place on our bookshelf.