The Homemade Kitchen

Chernila, Alana. The Homemade Kitchen: Recipes For Cooking With Pleasure. USA: Clarkson Potter/ Publishers. 2015.

thehomemadekitchenCooking for pleasure with homemade recipes, organic whole foods, optimism, intention and satisfaction, author Alana Chernila shares her tips, recipes, stories, reminders and way of life in her newest cookbook, The Homemade Kitchen. With gentle reminders taped throughout her kitchen (do your best and then let it go/ slow down/ eat outside), she cooks for her family and others using the ingredients true to her, as well as with enjoyment. Delicious recipes accompanied by appealing pictures all packaged in a beautiful, sturdy book provides magnitude to any kitchen.

Reading more like a story than a usual cookbook, The Homemade Kitchen is definitely a book for me. I enjoyed the stories and personal recounts along with the easy yet hardy recipes (Stuffed Winter Squash-yum!). I really liked the author’s down-to-earth perspective on ingredients, attitude, resources and life. Though simple, the tips and tools could be useful to most any level of chef (freezing vegetables, hard-boiling eggs, storage ideas, using scraps). Even my teenage son found a few recipes he would like to try (Pumpkin Hot Chocolate, Flavored Cream Cheese). With a few foreign ingredients to me, I am more than willing to try them now due to the manner of presentation and calmness factor experienced through this book. Perfect as a gift, this copy will remain on my own counter though I absolutely will now seek out her other book, The Homemade Pantry. Hungry yet?

5+ (out of 5) pennies

*I received a complimentary copy of The Homemade Kitchen from Blogging For Books for my honest review*


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