Thursday, December 04, 2014

The Kitchn Cookbook by Sara Kate Gillingham & Faith Durand

The Kitchn started eight years ago as a website that offered a virtual place for home cooks to ask questions and share recipes. Posts are published daily on cookbook reviews, kitchen design, kitchen tours, and recipes. This is the first cookbook for The Kitchn. The book is divided into two parts: The Kitchen and How to Cook Well. There are sub-sections on setting up and caring for your kitchen, 50 essential cooking skills, 150 recipes, Gatherings, Kitchen Meditations, and a look into 10 kitchens across the country. The recipes are favorites from the readers of The Kitchn plus others that are geared to home cooks. Categories of recipes are broken down into Morning, Small Bites, Sides & Salads, Drinks, Main Dishes & One-Bowl Meals, and Desserts.

I have been a frequent follower of The Kitchn, so I was looking forward to their first cookbook. One of the neat things about the website and the book is that you get to be a "kitchen voyeur," to see how others define this their own perfect kitchen. I like that the book encourages home cooks to make a space in their home to nourish themselves and their families. The premise of this cookbook is set up differently thank others because it doesn't solely focus on recipes. The information will help you create great food and a fun atmosphere. The Kitchn Cookbook has beautiful, colorful pictures and would make a good gift.

For another cookbook that is similar to The Kitchn Cookbook try The Family Cooks: 100+ Recipes to get your Family Craving Food that's Simple, Tasty, and Incredibly Good for You by Laurie David.

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