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From Apartment Therapy's cooking site, The Kitchn, comes 150 recipes and a cooking school with 50 essential lessons, as well as a guide to organizing your kitchen--plus storage tips, tool reviews, inspiration from real kitchens, maintenance suggestions, 200 photographs, and much more. WITH 20 RECIPES EXCLUSIVE TO THE EBOOK EDITION.    “There is no question that the kitchen From Apartment Therapy's cooking site, The Kitchn, comes 150 recipes and a cooking school with 50 essential lessons, as well as a guide to organizing your kitchen--plus storage tips, tool reviews, inspiration from real kitchens, maintenance suggestions, 200 photographs, and much more. WITH 20 RECIPES EXCLUSIVE TO THE EBOOK EDITION.    “There is no question that the kitchen is the most important room of the home,” say Sara Kate Gillingham and Faith Durand of the beloved cooking site and blog, The Kitchn.   The Kitchn offers two books in one: a trove of techniques and recipes, plus a comprehensive guide to organizing your kitchen so that it’s one of your favorite places to be.   For Cooking : ·         50 essential how-to's, from preparing perfect grains to holding a chef’s knife like a pro ·         150 all-new and classic recipes from The Kitchn, including Breakfast Tacos, Everyday Granola,  Slow Cooker Carnitas, One-Pot Coconut Chickpea Curry, and No-Bake Banana and Peanut Butter Caramel Icebox Cake For Your Kitchen: ·         A shopping list of essentials for your cabinets and drawers (knives, appliances, cookware, and tableware), with insider advice on what’s worth your money ·         Solutions for common kitchen problems like limited storage space and quirky layouts ·         A 5-minute-a-day plan for a clean kitchen ·         Tips for no-pressure gatherings ·         A look inside the kitchens of ten home cooks around the country, and how they enjoy their spaces   The Kitchn Cookbook gives you the recipes, tools, and real-life inspiration to make cooking its own irresistible reward. 


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From Apartment Therapy's cooking site, The Kitchn, comes 150 recipes and a cooking school with 50 essential lessons, as well as a guide to organizing your kitchen--plus storage tips, tool reviews, inspiration from real kitchens, maintenance suggestions, 200 photographs, and much more. WITH 20 RECIPES EXCLUSIVE TO THE EBOOK EDITION.    “There is no question that the kitchen From Apartment Therapy's cooking site, The Kitchn, comes 150 recipes and a cooking school with 50 essential lessons, as well as a guide to organizing your kitchen--plus storage tips, tool reviews, inspiration from real kitchens, maintenance suggestions, 200 photographs, and much more. WITH 20 RECIPES EXCLUSIVE TO THE EBOOK EDITION.    “There is no question that the kitchen is the most important room of the home,” say Sara Kate Gillingham and Faith Durand of the beloved cooking site and blog, The Kitchn.   The Kitchn offers two books in one: a trove of techniques and recipes, plus a comprehensive guide to organizing your kitchen so that it’s one of your favorite places to be.   For Cooking : ·         50 essential how-to's, from preparing perfect grains to holding a chef’s knife like a pro ·         150 all-new and classic recipes from The Kitchn, including Breakfast Tacos, Everyday Granola,  Slow Cooker Carnitas, One-Pot Coconut Chickpea Curry, and No-Bake Banana and Peanut Butter Caramel Icebox Cake For Your Kitchen: ·         A shopping list of essentials for your cabinets and drawers (knives, appliances, cookware, and tableware), with insider advice on what’s worth your money ·         Solutions for common kitchen problems like limited storage space and quirky layouts ·         A 5-minute-a-day plan for a clean kitchen ·         Tips for no-pressure gatherings ·         A look inside the kitchens of ten home cooks around the country, and how they enjoy their spaces   The Kitchn Cookbook gives you the recipes, tools, and real-life inspiration to make cooking its own irresistible reward. 

30 review for The Kitchn Cookbook: Recipes, Kitchens & Tips to Inspire Your Cooking

  1. 4 out of 5

    Michelle Hankes

    Based on a very popular blogsite, The Kitchn (and the accompanying Apartment Therapy), this just-out cookbook is really an interesting piece of art in the food world. The first half of the book consists mainly of how-tos, whys, and what-fors. All encompassing with a plethora of knowledge, these sections of the cookbook really will leave a beginning homecook breathless and ready to get started! As I read the first part, as the book was offered to me as part of Blogging for Books, I have to admit, Based on a very popular blogsite, The Kitchn (and the accompanying Apartment Therapy), this just-out cookbook is really an interesting piece of art in the food world. The first half of the book consists mainly of how-tos, whys, and what-fors. All encompassing with a plethora of knowledge, these sections of the cookbook really will leave a beginning homecook breathless and ready to get started! As I read the first part, as the book was offered to me as part of Blogging for Books, I have to admit, I picked it up, then put it down. I picked it up again, then put it down again. And I really love to cook. On the one side, there are some incredibly gorgeous photographs of different kinds of kitchens, features of the owners of those beautiful kitchens, and a whole array of layouts of what to put in any kind of kitchen, how to organize it, why you should have it and what to do with it. I think I had a hard time getting into it because it was a little more than someone like me would need, as an experienced homecook. My kitchen is well-stocked – maybe a little too much for my tiny 7x7 kitchen; I have quite a bit of cooking experience under my apron belt; and I know what grains require what amount of water, by heart. However, I would say this vast array of tidbits and knowledge would come in handy for someone just starting their own kitchen or really wanting to get into the culinary experience deeper. I found this part a little pedestrian for anyone with any kitchen experience. At this point, I almost thought the title would have been better suited as, The Kitchn's Cook’s Book, as I had yet to have seen a recipe and I was more than 100 pages in. Not having been familiar with the blogsite prior to this, I wasn’t really sure what The Kitchn was all about. It’s an amazing website. I spent quite a bit of time reading, perusing, and enjoying page after page of foodie wisdom. There are articles about new trends – like the oldie, but goodie shrub coming back onto the scene – and recipes galore, tips on shopping and space-saving, and features on different cooks around the world. The first half of the cookbook fits this perfectly. Now, I understand why they created it that way. It’s a skillful homage to their beautiful website and some of the fantastic knowledge they spread every day. After flipping through the many pages of information, I finally got to the meat of the matter – my favorite section…the hands-on application. RECIPES! Yeah. That’s really why I get cookbooks. I love the pictures, the temptation, the creativity of creating something new. I love the idea of just making something! And here is where this book sold me. Not knowing what to expect since I wasn’t very familiar with the website except as of recent, the recipe section was just as vast as the information section. Cocktails, spreads, soups, meats, foods beloved around the world. Fascinating selections of different concoctions ready to be made, pretty much in any kitchen with very little effort. I’m not really sure what to make of the way the book is laid out. It is organized and categorized, mind you. And I can see the method to the really-not-so-much madness. But it surprised me a little to flip through the large main dish section finding pastas, pizzas, meatballs, steaks, then pho and pad thai interspersed. Sort of like a trip around the world in one section without a specific order. I suppose none of that really matters if the recipes stand on their own, regardless of how a book is organized. That’s really about personal preference and editorial handiwork, anyway. But as a reviewer, I do like to offer my thoughts about my experience with each book. What I like, what strikes me, what makes me drool and run to the kitchen with a must-have, must-cook look in my eye. (I must say, the Green Papaya Pad Thai just about did this to me. The beautiful picture, the mouth-watering recipe, and the ease of the written instructions…hang on…I’ll be right back.) Smack-smack. *Finger-lick* Okay, ready to write again. Let me explain partially why the Pad Thai caught my eye, beyond the obvious of it’s Pad Thai. I’m a sucker for Pad Thai, but oftentimes, the sugary-sweet sauce is too much for some or it’s bland or lacking in anything, but noodles and bean sprouts. I’ve tried my share and yours at most of the Seattle restaurants. And sometimes, it’s just easier to let the professionals cook delicate and intricate Asian cuisine. Sometimes, that is true, sometimes, it’s not. With this particular recipe, the simplicity outranks any fear of making the notorious hard-to-find multi-ingredient recipes. The sauce is a simple three-ingredient make; the rest of the ingredients you most likely have in your kitchen or at the neighborhood market; and they offer substitution suggestions if you can’t find what they call for; and above it all, it’s incredibly healthy – there are no true noodles in it. They call for green papaya noodles made from shredding a green papaya (which can be found at pretty much any Asian market), but in substitution, you could use standard rice noodles, rice itself (which is technically no longer Pad Thai, but would still be tasty), or something like zucchini noodles, if you want to keep it low-carb or Paleo. All of that sounds great to me! And the majority of the recipes seem to follow this formula: simplicity meets gourmet. Nothing is strikingly complex, albeit, the recipes sound complex. Intriguing enough for a foodie, but simple enough for a beginner cook. Brilliant. I have now seen The Kitchn light. They are bringing the beauty of amazing food to pretty much any homecook or chef – no fear, no cowering, just brilliant delivery. Makes you feel like glamorous Williams-Sonoma, but in truth, you are functional and radiant Sur-la-Table. Ingenious. Speaking of Sur-la-Table, another thing I love about this book belongs back to the information section – that hefty first-half. The geniuses who created The Kitchn and its cookbook want people to feel comfortable, confident, and inspired in their own home kitchen, so they often suggest where to find ingredients (or suitable subs) and equipment, including places like IKEA. I love that they keep it in perspective. IKEA may not be in every corner of the world, but the authors are trying to make each item they suggest for a home kitchen easy to find and affordable, helping people understand that cooking at home isn’t always a pricey choice. This book is for the every cook. Beautifully written, easy to follow recipes, fun ideas with great sounding names to impress your friends (if that’s what you are into and why not? The dinner party sounds great when the food has a fun name), and delectable diversions through the cascades of information and knowledge that you can fall into for a lifetime in either the book or on their site. A definitely interesting read! *To read more interesting stuff - www.divine-by-nature.blogpost.com

  2. 4 out of 5

    Nora St Laurent

    This is not your typical cookbook. Yes, it has great yummy recipes inside but it gives you so much more. I’m thankful for a review copy of a book that felt like I was hanging out with an old friend. Let me explain. I grew up in an Italian home where the preparation of food was a family affair. The kitchen was the heart of our home. I have great memories of my whole family cooking together to create amazing meals. This book helps me recreate that memory for my family today. In the beginning of thi This is not your typical cookbook. Yes, it has great yummy recipes inside but it gives you so much more. I’m thankful for a review copy of a book that felt like I was hanging out with an old friend. Let me explain. I grew up in an Italian home where the preparation of food was a family affair. The kitchen was the heart of our home. I have great memories of my whole family cooking together to create amazing meals. This book helps me recreate that memory for my family today. In the beginning of this book there are several kitchen styles pictured. They discuss how to change, organize and renovate a kitchen. Each family pictured discusses what they were looking for in a kitchen. Some brought a house with the kitchen of their dreams included and others renovated the one they had. It was fun to see the end results; each revealing the heart of their home. One author states, “First, let’s be clear: You will never be done setting up and caring for your kitchen. This is good news, because the unavoidable nature of kitchens is that they cannot stay pristine and perfect, and there will always be an endless need to add to and edit their contents. The other good news is that there is great joy in creating a kitchen over time, adjusting and revising it to the inevitable changes life will bring.” I loved the questions these authors asked readers to help them in designing the dream kitchen to fit the needs of their family. The questions are designed to help you create a practical, functional kitchen their whole family would enjoy. Other sections in this book include “Setting up your kitchen for the way you really cook – 10 Smart storage solutions for any kitchen – Budget kitchen renovation – Flour shining kitchen: 5 ways to grow food in any space – Tools – our most loved kitchen tools. – How to choose good cookware. Then there is a chapter on caring for your kitchen. Under this section the authors say, “The importance of keeping the kitchen clean and organized, not just for hygienic reasons, but also because this is the room that nourishes you and provides vitality…your kitchen is clean, organized and beautiful now. Here’s how to cook well.” I like what they also said, “In order to cook well, give up on perfection…nothing we cook will look exactly the same as a picture in a magazine or taste the way our friends dish did. Even a familiar recipe will not offer the same results from one time to the next time you make it.” I loved to hear this. It gave me hope. There was also a section on meal planning I felt helpful called, “15 Simple ways to help yourself cook more often.” I enjoyed all the colorful pictures throughout the book. They are beautiful and helpful. In the cooking school section they had step by step pictures. I’m a visual learner and was thankful for the pictures in the section titled, “The Kitchen cooking school – 50 essential skills.” The rest of this book is devoted to recipes. Many of which I’ve seen and wanted to make but didn’t know the name of the dish and/or how to go about creating it. The authors state ,… “The collection of recipes will get you cooking any meal of the day, any time of the year. After all, we see recipes as road maps to a sure fire dish, gentle suggestions of something to cook and everything in between. One simple recipe will serve all levels of cooks… “ the categories are broken down into morning meals, appetizers, drinks, main dishes, one-bowl meals, sides, salads and desserts. To my great surprise the last section of the book was called Gatherings. The authors state, “The elements of a good gathering; setting the table, decorating the table, setting the mood for company, how to work with different diet needs of guests, potlucks and buffets for large gatherings.” This was very useful information to help create an atmosphere of fun, with friends and good food. In the back there is a helpful resource section that lists places to get cooking supplies, ingredients and includes favorite websites for foods. This was a beautiful hardback book that had so much inside to help you create not only great food but help the reader make the heart of your home healthy for your family inside and out. I love to bake. With the weather cooling I decided to make the dessert dishes. My family and I enjoyed classic chewy brownies, perfected chocolate chip cookies, chunky chocolate cherry oatmeal cookies, and lofty buttermilk pancakes. The instructions were simple to follow with easy to find ingredients. Some of these recipes took longer to make than I’m used to doing because the ingredients needed to rise and/or be in the refrigerator overnight. It took longer but I found it was well worth the wait. This book would make a great gift. It was fun to read. It was encouraging on many levels. I can’t wait to dig into making more yummy recipes and dream about my beautiful someday kitchen! This book is a keeper. I received a free copy of this book from the Blogging for Books program in exchange for this review. There was no obligation to give a positive review, and if you read my blog, you know I'm a tell-it-like it is kind of girl. I mean what I say and say what I mean, that holds true for my review. Nora St Laurent TBCN Where Book Fun Begins www.bookfun.org The Book Club Network Blog www.psalm516.blogspot.com Book Fun Magazine www.bookfunmagazine.com

  3. 5 out of 5

    Linda B

    The Kitchn Cookbook by Sara Kate Gillingham and Faith Durand is a two part cookbook. The first part covers setting up the perfect kitchen, tools you will need, and caring for the kitchen. I liked the way they do not describe a perfect kitchen, but instead gave ideas so that you can create what you think is the perfect kitchen. This section explains the work triangle, storage ideas, and budget kitchen renovation. They also introduced with photos different styles of kitchens. I really didn't like The Kitchn Cookbook by Sara Kate Gillingham and Faith Durand is a two part cookbook. The first part covers setting up the perfect kitchen, tools you will need, and caring for the kitchen. I liked the way they do not describe a perfect kitchen, but instead gave ideas so that you can create what you think is the perfect kitchen. This section explains the work triangle, storage ideas, and budget kitchen renovation. They also introduced with photos different styles of kitchens. I really didn't like any of them, and not once did I see a style feature I would like to use. The second part of the book is on stocking the pantry, essential skills, and the recipes. One of the first things I look at in a cookbook is how available are the ingredients going to be for those who do not live in the city. Not every town or rural area has a Whole Foods within a reasonable driving distance, and there were a few recipes that had ingredients not readily available. I was also amused by the recipe for Fresh Tomato Pizza Sauce because it called for canned tomatoes. Although it might be fun to thumb through once or twice for a beginning urban cook, it is not really enough to be considered a reference cookbook. While it is a pretty book with nice pictures, it doesn't have enough to earn a spot on my permanent cookbook shelf. Blogging for Books provided this book to me for free in exchange for an honest review.

  4. 4 out of 5

    Coleen (The Book Ramblings)

    Who is ready for another cookbook review? This time I am reviewing The Kitchn Cookbook. It is filled with essential information for the new home buyer, the person who doesn’t know their way around the kitchen, or just someone look for helpful tips on organization and new recipes such as Breakfast Tacos. Not only is this book filled with 150 recipes, it also offers 50 essential how-to’s, such as preparing grains to holding a chef’s knife properly. There is such value knowledge and advice in this c Who is ready for another cookbook review? This time I am reviewing The Kitchn Cookbook. It is filled with essential information for the new home buyer, the person who doesn’t know their way around the kitchen, or just someone look for helpful tips on organization and new recipes such as Breakfast Tacos. Not only is this book filled with 150 recipes, it also offers 50 essential how-to’s, such as preparing grains to holding a chef’s knife properly. There is such value knowledge and advice in this cookbook, that everyone can enjoy and appreciate. A shopping list with essentials, solutions for those common kitchen problems and mistakes, even a cleaning plan that takes less than ten minutes. It’s a must-have, and a great gift for the holiday season. As someone who is trying to get organized, especially in the kitchen, this cookbook was extremely helpful and vital on breaking it down to the basics, and getting everything in proper, functioning order. I actually enjoyed taking a peek inside the kitchen of home cooks, and seeing their cooking spaces– getting inspiration from them, too. It was filled with advice that I think many will put to use, and every bit of this cookbook was appreciated, and beneficial. I received this cookbook through Blogging for Books for read-to-review purposes.

  5. 5 out of 5

    Denise

    Probably the closest thing in spirit to The Joy of Cooking to come out in a long time. Focuses on techniques and philosophy of cooking in addition to recipes. After a bunch of blog-turns-book reads that never captured the spirit of the blog, this one was a very nice surprise! Probably the closest thing in spirit to The Joy of Cooking to come out in a long time. Focuses on techniques and philosophy of cooking in addition to recipes. After a bunch of blog-turns-book reads that never captured the spirit of the blog, this one was a very nice surprise!

  6. 4 out of 5

    Melissa

    I love the Kitchn website and I liked this more-than-a-cookbook cookbook. I enjoyed all the tips for setting up your kitchen, kitchen tools, entertaining, etc. There are probably enough vegetarian recipes to make it worth buying, but I do wish there had been more pictures in the recipe section.

  7. 4 out of 5

    Cherie

    B+ This is a great basic cookbook - if I had a friend who was starting cooking, I would give them this. But as I have tons of experience, tons of cookbooks, and already religiously read the Kitchn, it wasn't as mind-blowing to me. But great cookbook.

  8. 5 out of 5

    H

    People have some really nice, really weird-looking kitchens. Daily cleaning plan is my new life goal. Just say no to kale.

  9. 4 out of 5

    Karen

    Awesome and very practical information on how to organize your kitchen, especially the pantry. The recipes look glorious!

  10. 5 out of 5

    Janet

    LOVE their website --- so many bookmarked recipes it is insane.

  11. 4 out of 5

    Sara

    2.5 This book is a good tool for informational purposes, especially if you are knew to cooking. However, the first 50% is mostly “meditations” which are like little food-for-thought excerpts,and then random stories about peoples kitchens and why they work for them , and stories and stories and more stories, peppered with guides and suggestions regarding the kitchen supplies, items and tools you need in a kitchen and staples to have on hand. Then the recipe section begins at the halfway mark of t 2.5 This book is a good tool for informational purposes, especially if you are knew to cooking. However, the first 50% is mostly “meditations” which are like little food-for-thought excerpts,and then random stories about peoples kitchens and why they work for them , and stories and stories and more stories, peppered with guides and suggestions regarding the kitchen supplies, items and tools you need in a kitchen and staples to have on hand. Then the recipe section begins at the halfway mark of the book which compiles the next 30% of the book. Some of the recipes I will try, others are something I didn’t find appealing. The remaining book has information on kitchen essentials, and suggestions of their “favourite” items, and websites and stores you can go to to get them. I didn’t mind the book but there were far too many stories and meditations taking up room where recipes could go. I bought it for the recipes and there was no “look inside” at the time I bought this via kindle so I didn’t how how few recipes there actually were. I honestly wish I wouldn’t have paid $18.00 for this book. Although informative, I was looking for a cookbook. If you are looking for an information book about cooking terms and procedures, kitchen tools, and setting up a kitchen, then this is for you.

  12. 5 out of 5

    Maggie Patel

    One of the first things I do when I want to find a recipe or how to make something is google it with the keyword "Kitchn". I was so happy to find this cookbook. It has a lot of the basics I generally have favorited in my phone's browser and having them in a book in my kitchen is convenient. I also love how the sections on kitchens, supplies, and skills. Overall, a fantastic comprehensive cookbook.

  13. 5 out of 5

    Shirley

    Good resource book Lovely ideas, good information, detailed instructions, formatting and platforms. Inspiration for months to come. Great cooking try in the month to come.

  14. 4 out of 5

    Viriam

    well rounded cookbook with useful excursions into kitchen organization and design, as well as utensils and hosting.

  15. 5 out of 5

    Laura

    A great cook book to read cover to cover if you’re like me and don’t see yourself as any sort of cook or host. It will build your confidence and give some lovely inspiration - and make you hungry.

  16. 5 out of 5

    Sara Larson

    Everyone needs this book. It's beautiful, helpful and every recipe is amazing.

  17. 4 out of 5

    Amy

    I was pleasantly surprised by how wonderful this cookbook is ... I've never read the Kitchn blog but I think I may now. This cookbook is so much more than a traditional cookbook - it has elements that are rare in a cookbook but so great to have. This is really a resource book PLUS a cookbook and it offers something for everyone. In addition to almost 150 pages of recipes, this book offers sections on setting up a kitchen, an overview of cooking tools and equipment, caring for the kitchen (cleanin I was pleasantly surprised by how wonderful this cookbook is ... I've never read the Kitchn blog but I think I may now. This cookbook is so much more than a traditional cookbook - it has elements that are rare in a cookbook but so great to have. This is really a resource book PLUS a cookbook and it offers something for everyone. In addition to almost 150 pages of recipes, this book offers sections on setting up a kitchen, an overview of cooking tools and equipment, caring for the kitchen (cleaning/organizing), stocking the pantry & planning meals, and a fantastic cooking school section with 50 essential skills. As you can tell, this is so much more than 'just' a cookbook. It's a fantastic resource to both new and advanced home cooks! The book itself is well constructed - sturdy cover, great photographs and heavy paper pages. Really nice cookbook to hold in your hand. It opens easily and feels heavy (but not too heavy). My only complaint is that I wish there were a photo for every recipe - it drives me crazy when cookbooks only show some of the dishes. As for the recipes, there are so many different options for any and all sorts of meals. I'm really interested in the following recipes - Breakfast Pizza Sticky Lemon Rolls Slow Cooker Lemon Garlic Chicken Slow Cooker Carnitas Risotto with Chanterelle Mushrooms, Caramelized Onions and Parmesan Cheese Greenest Green Goddess Salad No Bake Banana and Peanut Butter Caramel Icebox Cake Meyer Lemon Bars All in all, this is a fantastic resource for any home cook. I highly recommend this one if you need/want a comprehensive guide to all things cooking! NOTE: I received this cookbook from the publisher for an honest review.

  18. 4 out of 5

    Ryan

    I'm not sure if it's the holiday season, but I've been on a cookbook kick recently. There is something about winter setting in, the shorter days, the colder temperatures; that makes me wants to cook more at home. I find myself digging into the cookbooks I already own, and purchasing new ones, to find the next recipe I want to try out. With The Kitchn Cookbook, I've gotten a few more recipes to add to my arsenal, but I've also discovered some really good tips, and space saving solutions I'm dying I'm not sure if it's the holiday season, but I've been on a cookbook kick recently. There is something about winter setting in, the shorter days, the colder temperatures; that makes me wants to cook more at home. I find myself digging into the cookbooks I already own, and purchasing new ones, to find the next recipe I want to try out. With The Kitchn Cookbook, I've gotten a few more recipes to add to my arsenal, but I've also discovered some really good tips, and space saving solutions I'm dying to put into practice. I live in an apartment, and for those of you who are familiar with an apartment kitchen, you already know that space isn't always there, or at best, it's in a really odd location. I've tried a few of the drink recipes already, and yes they were delicious. I'm addicted to rhubarb, so I had to try the rhubarb-vanilla soda. It was so good, and there are variations for rhubarb-ginger and rhubarb-mint sodas that I want to try out as well. There is a recipe for Siracha-honey popcorn clusters, and I really want to make it. I'm not sure if I would actually form it into clusters, or leave it loose. Either way, it sounds damn good and I want to give it a go. There is even a recipe for sweet potato and caramelized onion hash that includes a baked egg. I'm not a huge fan of eggs, but I'm thinking that they may have me talked into it after I give this one a try. I have a sneaky suspicion that I'll be hanging onto this one for years to come. I'm just hoping I don't spill too much on it, as I tend to do all of my most loved cookbooks.

  19. 5 out of 5

    Emily

    Cookbook club pick for this month! This book has the honor of including the first recipe I've ever encountered that needed less butter! My sriracha-honey popcorn test batch came out not nearly crispy enough. Eliminating half a stick (in a double batch) made it turn out perfect. I'm going to remember that one for future snack attacks. I also made the sparkling peach sangria for cookbook club and it was a hit! The simple birthday cake and tomato salad were also favorites. Other folks made favorite Cookbook club pick for this month! This book has the honor of including the first recipe I've ever encountered that needed less butter! My sriracha-honey popcorn test batch came out not nearly crispy enough. Eliminating half a stick (in a double batch) made it turn out perfect. I'm going to remember that one for future snack attacks. I also made the sparkling peach sangria for cookbook club and it was a hit! The simple birthday cake and tomato salad were also favorites. Other folks made favorite recipes from the blog; my favorite of those was a chickpea salad with peanut sauce. I think this would be a great simple cookbook for someone who appreciates good design (both of the book and the kitchens featured in it) and who wants some good basics without delving into a thick tome like Joy of Cooking. I would have loved it as a first-apartment housewarming gift, although I'd have been extra raising an eyebrow at the "yes, you can and should have a gorgeous kitchen in < 100 square feet and on your tiny budget!" I found a lot to love in the recipes - the pitcher-sized drinks in particular were creative and easy - but the recipes are maybe only 50% of the book and I was pretty meh on the kitchen design and general how-to's. Just not that into other people's home designs, and there were no new-to-me techniques or tips. As a nice bonus, it's very veg/vegan/allergy friendly - you could find at least one recipe from appetizers to dessert for any guest you need to accommodate. Cookbook Club dinner ended up being 1/3 vegan with no particular effort in that direction.

  20. 4 out of 5

    Cheryl

    I had read before I even got the cookbook, that it was more than just a book of recipes. The authors took time to address how to set up a kitchen: what the layout should look like, the kitchen triangle, what tools are essential (at 55, I am still working on this), how to care for the tools, how to make do with what you've got. I also enjoyed reading about how others set up their kitchens, what was important to them and why they set it up as they did. Real people with real kitchens and a photo sh I had read before I even got the cookbook, that it was more than just a book of recipes. The authors took time to address how to set up a kitchen: what the layout should look like, the kitchen triangle, what tools are essential (at 55, I am still working on this), how to care for the tools, how to make do with what you've got. I also enjoyed reading about how others set up their kitchens, what was important to them and why they set it up as they did. Real people with real kitchens and a photo shoot to boot. The next section, they launched into a tutorial of 50 basic skills with photos. I found this really helpful. Then went over ingredient connections, for example, if you are going to have a pot of beans one night, then use that same pot with another ingredient another night. Then they finally got to the recipes. Personally, I didn't feel the recipes were really anything to write home about. My palate tends to be one note and my digestion cannot handle much in the way of vegetables, so that part I didn't really care all that much about. But because I seem so challenged in the kitchen, I really enjoyed the first two sections.

  21. 4 out of 5

    Diana

    Part 1 The Kitchen --setting one up, tools and caring (really?) for your kitchen. Some pretty pictures and very basic information which I honestly mostly didn't read. Part 2 How to Cook Well --Stocking the Pantry & Planning Meals, The Kitchn's Cooking School and finally (starting on page 129) The Recipes! The first two sections of part two again are geared to a beginning cook which is great if that's what you're looking for. The recipe section is divided into breakfast, small bites, drinks, main Part 1 The Kitchen --setting one up, tools and caring (really?) for your kitchen. Some pretty pictures and very basic information which I honestly mostly didn't read. Part 2 How to Cook Well --Stocking the Pantry & Planning Meals, The Kitchn's Cooking School and finally (starting on page 129) The Recipes! The first two sections of part two again are geared to a beginning cook which is great if that's what you're looking for. The recipe section is divided into breakfast, small bites, drinks, main dishes & one-bowl meals, sides & salads and desserts. The recipes give detailed instructions which should give even an inexperienced cook confidence. The photos really do justice to the food and don't include a lot of ego shoots of chefs. I like that the book is printed on matte paper because I think that photos of food look better then on a glossy page. I'm going to copy a few recipes before passing this book on to a friend. Those include Green Papaya Pad Thai which uses shredded green papaya in place of rice noodles and the rustic apricot galette a lovely low sugar summer dessert.

  22. 5 out of 5

    Molly

    A beautiful cookbook full of lots of bright, colorful pictures. The Kitchn is Apartment Therapy's cooking site and blog, and this cookbook is an extension of that. It's full of basic information along with great recipes, and it's perfect for a novice cook.The book is divided into two parts, each containing three chapters: The Kitchen (Setting up the Kitchen, Tools, Caring for Your Kitchen) and How To Cook Well (Stocking the Pantry and Planning Meals, The Kitchn's Cooking School, The Recipes). I A beautiful cookbook full of lots of bright, colorful pictures. The Kitchn is Apartment Therapy's cooking site and blog, and this cookbook is an extension of that. It's full of basic information along with great recipes, and it's perfect for a novice cook.The book is divided into two parts, each containing three chapters: The Kitchen (Setting up the Kitchen, Tools, Caring for Your Kitchen) and How To Cook Well (Stocking the Pantry and Planning Meals, The Kitchn's Cooking School, The Recipes). I love the way the book is set up and the recipes look amazing (Coconut Banana Bread, Sriracha-Honey Popcorn Clusters, Bacon-Wrapped Potato Bites with Spicy Sour Cream Dipping Sauce), but I wish there were more of them! I received this book from Blogging for Books in exchange for my review.

  23. 4 out of 5

    Tamsyn

    This is a wonderful combination of how to organize/design a kitchen, basic cooking skills, stocking your pantry, and then wonderful recipes, among other things. The omelet, roasted chicken, spiced lentil soup, quesadilla with mushrooms, spinach and fontina and white lasagna with spinach and sausage are all winning recipes, and I have my eye on more. I also plan to give this book as a gift to my son and others, both starting out as cooks as well as those with experience. Great resource!

  24. 5 out of 5

    Vanessa

    “The Kitchn”, by Sara Kate Gillingham and Faith Durand was such a refreshing and encouraging read for me! For those that know me, cookbooks are somewhat of an obsession for me. The fun thing about “The Kitchn”, is that it is not only a cookbook, but it has everything someone would need to get started in the kitchen. Check out the review at my blog: http://www.tapestrychronicles.com/the... “The Kitchn”, by Sara Kate Gillingham and Faith Durand was such a refreshing and encouraging read for me! For those that know me, cookbooks are somewhat of an obsession for me. The fun thing about “The Kitchn”, is that it is not only a cookbook, but it has everything someone would need to get started in the kitchen. Check out the review at my blog: http://www.tapestrychronicles.com/the...

  25. 5 out of 5

    Amy Yingling

    More than just a cookbook, the kitchn, shows us how to set up a kitchen if you are newly moved in or how to fix the kitchen you already have to be more efficient and beautiful! Gorgeous pictures and lots of great tips and techniques to help out around the kitchen.There are also lots of great recipes and even some drink recipes which is always nice.They even include a section on how to host great parties!

  26. 5 out of 5

    Megan

    The section about setting up a kitchen made me a bit angsty (I don't have a kitchen to call my own), as well as overwhelmed (so much thought goes into making an efficient kitchen). And after this section, there were others; about cleaning the kitchen and tidbits and how to stock your pantry; at this point, I just wanted to get to the recipes. The recipes sounded good, for sure, but not quite good enough to bookmark. I find that I am a bigger fan of the website than the book.

  27. 4 out of 5

    Heather

    I absolutely loved the narrative in the beginning of this cookbook. It was so personal and inspiring without feeling cliche or forced. I couldn't put it down. I also loved the instructions for so many basic kitchen staples; definitely a bonus for beginning cooks. I just wish that the recipes themselves were as inspiring. I don't think it's necessarily the recipes' fault, they were just not my style. I was so sad!! It's me, not you Kitchn Cookbook!

  28. 5 out of 5

    Jessica

    This was a good, but basic, book. There are some kitchen tours thrown in, but you can find similar things on their website. Only about half the book is recipes, of which you can find most online or in a really generic book like Joy of Cooking. This would probably make a good gift for someone just starting out with their own cooking space.

  29. 4 out of 5

    Cindy

    This has more than just recipes. It also contains lots of information on setting up a kitchen and shows some really beautiful kitchens. I like that it shows kitchens that do not all look like they came out of a design magazine. The recipes look good and not too complicated. I think this book can help inspire people to actually get in their kitchens and cook.

  30. 4 out of 5

    Debbie

    This cookbook is filled with helpful information you didn't even know you needed to know, like how to layout your kitchen and how to use kitchen tools, how to measure and how to set a table. The recipes are the least important part of this cookbook although there are some I'll definitely try. As with the rest of the book the recipes are very well written with lots of information for variations.

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