I frequently find myself in a rut, cooking the same things over and over again because they're quick, easy, and don't take much thought. The only problem is I'm starting to find some of our meals a tad boring, they're the same meals I've been cooking for years. With October #Unprocessed kicking off today I knew I wanted to spread my wings a little and test out some new healthy recipes—it's time to get out of my rut and get more variety in my life. Fortunately Clarkson-Potter recently sent me a copy of Alana Chernila's new book The Homemade Kitchen: Recipes for Cooking with Pleasure.
I think they knew I needed some help, don't you?
I was a huge fan of Alana's last book: The Homemade Pantry: 101 Foods You Can Stop Buying and Start Making so I couldn't wait to start flipping through the pages and making notes of which recipes I wanted to try first. The more I kept flipping, the more I realized that this is the type of book I'd like to write one day.
It's the type of book that feels accessible to everyone, no matter what their cooking skills. It starts with the basics—how to cook an egg, how to cook a vegetable, how to turn fruit in to jam—then expands on those basics, giving a number of variations to choose from. This alone makes it a great book for those starting to take an interest in cooking, but I feel that there is enough variation in each recipe to keep a more seasoned cook interested as well.
Both beginner and seasoned cooks alike will appreciate the essays sprinkled throughout the book with topics ranging from using kitchen scraps, doing your best and letting go, and dealing with picky eaters (you know you have at least one in your life.) And lets not forget the mouthwatering recipes— there isn't a single recipe in this book I couldn't see myself making at least once (and many of them multiple times.)
Broccoli Rabe with Cheddar Polenta, Spicy Pumpkin Hot Chocolate, Homemade Cream Cheese, and Fettuccine with Preserved Lemon & Roasted Garlic ended up at the top of my list of items to make ASAP. Although, I know that given enough time I know I'll make my through every recipe in the book.
I'll be sharing photographs of the recipes I tried on Instagram all month long, so make sure you come check them out.
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This book was sent to me for review by Clarkson Potter through the Blogging for Books program. As always, all opinions are my own.