Wednesday, July 9, 2014

Kitchen Confidence by Kelsey Nixon

When I decided to review this cookbook, I thought it might fit nicely into a post about fun books to send with your college freshman as he/she flies the nest.  I was wrong.

Don't worry, it's not a bad cookbook.  In fact, I think it's a really versatile and hella handy cookbook to have around.  For newlyweds.  People who are out of college and have their first job.  People who don't have to scrape the coins out of the couch to buy ramen for the week, you feel me?  I even consulted a real live college student on this one (Thanks, Katie!) and she said they just took too many ingredients.  Too much time.

The recipes are straighforward and pretty easy, but a majority of them do take some time.  And they do take some ingredients you don't typically find in a dorm room.  Like prosciutto.  And kalamata olives.  The typical recipe in this book has an average of 30 minutes of prep time included in each recipe, separate from the cook time involved.  So there is a definite time commitment in most of the recipes involved.

But the great thing about this book?  It touches on everything: appies, sandwiches, main dishes, even desserts (peanut butter cookies, yum!).  And there are 6-9 recipes per section, which gives you a good variety to choose from.  There are great directions in the front on pantry staples and the like, which would be primo for anyone setting up a kitchen for the first time, or who finally decided to give up takeout and didn't know where to start.

So, add this as a definite yes for the person you know who just got his first apartment, just finished paying off her student loans, or as a really great bridal shower add-on.

I received this book for free from Blogging for Books for this review.