Tuesday, August 20, 2013

COOKBOOK REVIEW: Cougar Football Cookbook compiles by Holly Mendenhall


Game day just got better! Whether you're tailgating at the stadium or watching the game at home, football and food are a winning combination. This collection brings together 150 favorite recipes from BYU players and coaches, past and present. Categories include:

  • Pre-game Warm Ups (Appetizers)
  • Rise and Shout (Tailgating Treats)
  • First Downs (Salads)
  • Cheers from the Sidelines (Side Dishes)
  • Bowl Games (Soups and Stews)
  • Touchdown! (Main Courses)
  • The Point After (Desserts)
  • Water Break (Beverages)

  • Proceeds from this cookbook will benefit Thursday's Heroes through Bronco and Holly Mendenhall's Fully Invested Foundation, a nonprofit initiative to help children and families who are facing significant life challenges.
    Since 2006, more than ninety "Thursday's Heroes" have been honored by the BYU football team.
    WHO are Thursday's Heroes? Children and families who are inspiring examples of courage and strength in facing adversity.
    WHAT is the Thursday's Heroes program? Heroes receive gifts and autographed Cougar memorabilia and an invitation to watch the Thursday football practice, tour the Cougars' sports facilities, and meet the team.
    WHY the Cougar Football Cookbook? Favorite dishes of team players and coaches from 1964 to 2012 will delight your taste buds—with 100 percent of the author's proceeds going to benefit Thursday's Heroes.
    "Every one of these 'Heroes' has become a part of our BYU family. We are strengthened just by knowing them!" —Bronco and Holly Mendenhall
    Holly Mendenhall is an outdoor enthusiast, a University of Montana graduate, and author of Find the Money, a book about budgeting. She and her husband, BYU head football coach Bronco Mendenhall, are the parents of three boys. The Holly & Bronco Mendenhall Foundation, which sponsors Thursday’s Heroes, aims to provide inspiration, resources, and hope to ordinary people facing extraordinary challenges.
    I don't normally review cookbooks, mostly because I'm not much of a cook.  I cook enough to get by but that's about it.  But I couldn't resist this one.  First because I'm a huge BYU football fan, and second because all the recipes come from family members of current and former BYU football players or coaches.  At the bottom of each page is a quick introduction to each contributor, mothers, sisters, wives, etc. I also thought it was great how each section was divided up using football terminology, such as Pre-game warmups, touchdowns, etc. Lots of delicious possibilities served up in an attractive package. Recommended.

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