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In the Small Kitchen by Cara Eisenpress
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Aug 01, 2011

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 garlicky swiss chard, to name a few.

The recipes themselves are divided into categories like “Cooking for one,” “Potlucking,” “Cocktail Parties,” “Dating and food,” “Brunch,” “The Dinner party,” “Leftovers,” and “prep school” to name a few. In other words, the authors’ aim isn’t just cooking for the sake of cooking, but rather cooking for the sake of occasions, and using food to add some color to their lives. It doesn’t hurt that the recipes themselves are tailored to the events they fall under. Overall, I thought this was an excellent cookbook to have in one’s collection.

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