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In the Small Kitchen: 100 Recipes from Our Year of Cooking in the Real World

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“A comprehensive and inspiring must-have guide for quarter-life cooks everywhere.”
—Merrill Stubbs, author of The Food52 Cookbook

“Cara and Phoebe have figured what takes some of us a tad longer to realize. We can cook anywhere, anytime, with anything on any budget.”
—Lynne Rossetto Kasper, host of Public Radio’s The Splendid Table® from American Public Media

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Paperback, 320 pages
Published May 24th 2011 by William Morrow Cookbooks (first published January 10th 2010)
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Sep 27, 2016 Emily rated it liked it
Great for a younger crowd. I felt hip to have read it.
Feb 06, 2013 Hansi rated it really liked it
This is a rare cookbook with recipes that work and stories that inspire.
I loved how the recipes are presented with little anecdotes that take the reader through a year in the lives of these two young women. I could really relate to their experience of living in a cramped space on a tight budget with a busy schedule that leaves you absolutely drained. For me, it had almost come to the point where I absolutely despised having to cook for myself- it was boring, tiring, and above all, sad. But this
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Oct 12, 2013 Julie H. rated it liked it
Shelves: cookbook-cooking
While not what I was expecting, In the Small Kitchen: 100 Recipes from Our Year of Cooking in the Real World, contains some items that I'll enjoy making. As a whole, however, it's written for a much less experienced level of cook/eater/entertainer than I had anticipated. Parts were much too reminiscent of the sorts of things one would have made in a college dorm or shared living arrangement. Moreover, the oft-repeated comments regarding a host's concern that her guests bring enough bottles of wi ...more
Aug 01, 2011 Alla rated it it was amazing
“In the small kitchen: 100 recipes from one year of cooking in the real world” follows twenty-somethings as they learn recipes and enhance their culinary skills, in their new post-college lives. Interspersed with the recipes, are biographical stories from the lives of the authors.

Many of the recipes use creative spins on tried-and-tested meals like pasta, pancakes, and salads, while occasionally coming up with new recipes altogether like barbecue lentils, shrimp risotto, beer beef stew, and gar
Jan 18, 2015 Elena rated it it was ok
Shelves: cookbook
This was fine. I don't share a lot of experiences with these women and thus can only enjoy the narrative part of the cookbook so much - by which I mostly mean, I don't care nearly as much about presentation, don't throw big parties, and did not in fact grow up knowing Ina Garten. But still, a lot of the advice is solid and I like the emphasis on making do within your own limitations. However, I've knocked a star off because the section on dating/romance is ENTIRELY opposite-sex focused, to the p ...more
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Feb 23, 2016 Sarah Lombard rated it it was amazing
i really love this book! its become my fav cookbook in a while. it feels like a best friend in the kitchen. i have used it all winter into spring and every recipe has been a delight. i have dog eared it, written in it, spilled food on its pages and marked my fav recipes with grocery lists. iam learning how to cook meat dishes and save money and i love the stories that come with the recipes. i even had a friend tell me one of his clients wanted to meet me and marry me over the classic chocolate c ...more
Jul 31, 2011 Iris rated it really liked it
Shelves: cuisine
The simplest measure of a successful cookbook is surely your inclination to take it into the kitchen and make a few recipes on the spot. This is clearly a winner on that front: since bringing this book home from the library, I've whipped up sauces, desserts and hors d'oeuvres using items already in the pantry and refrigerator. Each recipe is appealing and easy to make, originating in the apartment kitchens of young women who've stumbled into passions for food. It's all cooking from scratch, usin ...more
Feb 19, 2012 Anna rated it liked it
Cookbooks are my favorite genre of late, and I inevitably find a must-have recipe in any cookbook, including this one. There's a specific audience for this cookbook--the quarter-life cooks, so it would be a really appropriate gift to my niece or niece-in-laws or even my sister, who's in her 30s because it goes beyond the basics and into gourmet and using the freshest and as much as you can afford quality ingredients. I've outgrown it, but not the twenty- and thirty-something-year olds I know tho ...more
Jun 03, 2012 Monique rated it liked it
This cookbook reads like a non-fiction book on life. The stories are funny and heart-warming while the recipes are expertly explained. There is a special niche in which this books caters to...the twenty-something vegan New Yorker...which leaves this forty-something meat loving Oklahoman out. However, I learned several party tips and plan to prepare a number of these dishes for my next brunch.
Mar 23, 2013 Nicole rated it really liked it
Very practical recipes ranging from simple dinners at home to smaller gatherings and fancier dinners. Nothing that would take more than an hour and nothing that requires full counter space! I was especially impressed with the limited use of dishes, as washing up is my least favorite part of cooking.
Dec 06, 2016 Cindi rated it it was amazing
This is my staple go-to cookbook. It's the only cookbook I've bothered to buy another of when I damaged it. The recipes are great basics, but also some easy new ones too. There are lots of vegetarian options and great menu plans for occasions.
May 08, 2014 Grace rated it it was ok
Shelves: cookbooks
I too, am in my twenties and have lived in a few apartments with small kitchens. I didn't mind the writing or the stories in this cookbook, but the recipes miss the mark. They didn't seem especially well-adapted to small kitchens or all that appealing on their own. Maybe I'm too old.
Jun 04, 2011 Anne rated it liked it
It had a few interesting recipes & fun stories. Too bad that I'm about 10-12 years beyond that point....
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Oct 27, 2011 LGMF rated it really liked it
Shelves: cooking, baking
These girls are RAD. If I were 10 years younger I would want to be them. The recipes are simple and DELICIOUS.
Dec 30, 2012 Heather rated it really liked it
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I've never read a cookbook cover to cover before, but this was pretty engaging. Just made one of the recipes for dinner tonight. Good stuff.
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