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

3.67 of 5 stars 3.67  ·  rating details  ·  75 ratings  ·  18 reviews
It's hard to forget your first apartment—its cramped closets, one too many roommates, and oh-so-tiny kitchen—or the first entry-level job, vibrant but hectic social life, and newfound independence that come with it. For Cara Eisenpress and Phoebe Lapine, that first small kitchen was a blessing in disguise, a haven from adulthood's worries and thrills. In the Small Kitchen, ...more
Paperback, 320 pages
Published May 24th 2011 by William Morrow Cookbooks
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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
Julie H.
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
“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
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
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.
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
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
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.
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.
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.
These girls are RAD. If I were 10 years younger I would want to be them. The recipes are simple and DELICIOUS.
It had a few interesting recipes & fun stories. Too bad that I'm about 10-12 years beyond that point....
There's a nice pasta dish I might try, but otherwise not much worth veganizing.
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Lots of funny stories and some really tasty looking recipes.
Sarah Kernochan
A must have for the city girl or boy who loves to cook
Excellent BBQ lentils recipe!
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