Kitchen Confidence
Publisher:Clarkson Potter
Release: Feb 11th, 2014
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About the Book:

Host of Cooking Channel’s Kelsey’s Essentials and fan favorite on season four of The Next Food Network Star, Kelsey Nixon shares the essential recipes, techniques, and tools that new home cooks need in their back pocket.A young food star and new mom, Kelsey is an invaluable friend in the kitchen to everyone settling into their first kitchen of their own. Her recipes, which are broken down into simple steps, teach readers how to cook, highlighting key tools and basic techniques everyone should know. And yet her flavors are anything but basic; Kelsey gives everyone the confidence to start with the 2.0 version of a recipe instead of the boring standards. For example, she makes her house pilaf with quinoa instead of rice, and her addictive fruit salad is a savory first course instead of a lackluster dessert. 
     With 100 recipes and 60 color photographs, Kitchen Confidence brings home all of the energy and spirit of the Cooking Channel show of the same name, making it an excellent handbook for newlyweds, recent college graduates, and those discovering their kitchens for the first time.

What We Thought:

We really like the cookbook. This is a really good cookbook for if you are new to cooking, or are just getting married and starting your own kitchen/pantry. It has a lot of cooking basics, and tips as well as some creative recipes for the more adventurous palette.
Some of our favorite features of this cookbook were the bits of stories about the recipe and what it means to her. It really made the cookbook seem more personal, like you’re talking to your friend about a recipe rather than going by a cookbook, which makes it a really enjoyable to read. A lot of the recipes are highly adaptable, in several of her recipes she lists a vegetarian substitute, or a way to spice up the dish by adding an ingredient. We felt it really helped to emphasize her focus on becoming comfortable in the kitchen and learning how different flavors all work together.

The layout was really nice and easy to navigate, and we really enjoyed how she mixed in some basic cooking principles in the recipes she was talking about; for example, she has a section on the importance and uses of a cast iron skillet paired with her recipe for pan seared steak. There are a lot of these little informational bits mixed in the book which makes it a great read for people who are less comfortable with the kitchen and kitchen equipment. The section on pantry essentials was especially helpful because she really pushes the idea of stocking up on kitchen essentials, and saving money on your food items.

In a Nutshell:

This a really good cookbook if you are interested in learning more about cooking, and techniques, so that you can build up your confidence in the kitchen. We recommend this for people who are new to cooking and the kitchen, but we think that old pros like ourselves will enjoy it as well. This would be a great gift for a married couple, or a young person (even those men) who are starting out on their own. It would be an absolutely awesome housewarming gift!

 5 owlies!*

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