COOKBOOK AUTHOR

Since 2011, Cast Iron Media's Kim Laidlaw has written or co-written seven cookbooks, from bestselling holiday treats and ranch fare to baked delights
and  slow-cooked feasts
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BOOKS

August  2021

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The official cookbook and entertaining guide inspired by Tim Burton’s iconic film The Nightmare Before Christmas.

Filled with scary-good fun, The Nightmare Before Christmas Cookbook & Entertaining Guide  includes over 50 character-inspired and wickedly great recipes for appetizers, entrees, desserts, and drinks inspired by the movie.

 
A complete entertaining guide and vibrant photography will make every party frighteningly fun. It’s a true must-have for The Nightmare Before Christmas fans everywhere.

September 2020

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Co-written with Mary Heffernan of Five Marys Farms, this book takes you to life on the ranch. In more than 75 satisfying, homespun recipes you’ll find something for every meal and mood, including Mary’s favorite beef, pork, and lamb dishes, and the secret to her famous sidecars. Evocative photos capture the breathtaking beauty of the ranch, the carefree joy of the girls with their horses, the majestic Great Pyrenees who roam the land, and so much more. 

“Heffernan’s accessible volume on ranch living and cooking transports and inspires.”
—Publishers Weekly

“A book that makes you want to leave the city and move to a ranch to have this kind of life yourself. Filled with drool-worthy recipes and beautiful memories. I can’t wait to try these dishes!” 
—Tiffani Thiessen, actress, producer, TV host and author

October 2018

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Satisfying, easy, and great for family dinners, here are more than 200 modern slow-cooker recipes that focus on the fresh flavors, global influences, and seasonal ingredients to inspire today’s cooks. Recipes yield the same fork-tender, heart-warming, and convenient dishes expected from a slow cooker, but are refreshed with an international pantry of seasonings, easy side dishes, and innovative garnishes.

 

September 2011

In this book you’ll discover just how fun it is to transform the simplest ingredients—flour, sugar, eggs, butter—into irresistible baked foods. With over 100 recipes, starring family favorites and tempting creations from seasoned bakers and popular baking bloggers, this enticing book will become your go-to source for the baked treats you crave. Whether you are new to baking or a pro, or lean toward sweet or savory, there’s something inside for everyone.
 

A collection of decadent, crave-worthy baked goods featuring beloved classics and new flavor pairings. Includes favorite recipes from top bakeries and bloggers from across the country. 

"Slow cooker recipes are a boon to the busy cook, but many call for long ingredient lists and complex preparation steps that just aren’t realistic for cooks on the go. In this new take on slow cooking, the recipes are developed with hectic schedules in mind, with streamlined ingredient lists and a minimum of recipe steps. Each recipe is a one-pot dish or a main course that can be easily augmented by a simple salad or side dish."
 

In addition to the over 120 delicious recipes, there are tips for choosing a slow cooker, how to build flavor into your dishes, how to stock your freezer and fridge, and tips for busy cooks on how to get weeknight dinners on the table.

November  2014

October 2013

From January to December, you’ll find sweet recipes that suit every occasion, from a casual weeknight supper or a backyard get-together to a birthday celebration or a holiday gathering, and that fit every schedule, from simple sorbets to more elaborate cakes and tarts. Each recipe is accompanied with a note that might offer baking tips, advice on substituting ingredients, ideas for garnishes, or other helpful hints. 

From homespun pies and cobblers loaded with seasonal fruit to decadent chocolate-orange cupcakes and creamy hazelnut gelato, these recipes feature classic favorites and contemporary delights. 

Feeding your baby or toddler a healthy homemade meal while you are on the go may seem like a daunting task, but with the easy-to-prepare recipes and guidance found in this cookbook, you can make it happen without a lot of time spent in the kitchen. Life is busy, especially with a little one in tow, and it doesn’t leave much time to plan, prep ingredients, and prepare wholesome meals that are easy to take along, whether you are traveling by car or plane, heading to daycare or the park, or simply running errands.

 

The more than 75 wholesome, yummy recipes found here, plus loads of tips and tricks for planning, prepping, cooking, packaging, and feeding, will set you up for any situation.

April 2013