Wednesday, October 29, 2014

Cookbook Review: The Kitchn Cookbook



My newest cookbook to review came today. It’s called The Kitchn Cookbook by Sara Kate Gillingham and Faith Durand. It’s a very nice sized hardback book. I wasn’t quite sure what to expect in this cookbook, but it looked very interesting. About half of this book is how to set up your kitchen, tools, stocking your pantry, meal planning and some essential skills. It has tons of information in that first half, and even gives you a peek into other people’s kitchens, which is really neat. I really enjoyed taking a peak into other people’s kitchens!

Included in this first section are a few recipes for homemade cleaning supplies, which are always handy since they are more natural than the chemical based cleaners in the store. There is also a daily cleaning plan for a constantly clean kitchen. The authors also cover basic kitchen sanitation.

The section on essential skills is very interesting and would be great for those learning to cook or want to expand a few more skills. This makes this a great book for newlyweds or those people first starting out. It really gives a great amount of information. There are instructions on how to hold a chef’s knife, how to deglaze a pan, how to thicken a sauce, how to cut up a chicken and so much more!

I have to say, I felt there weren’t as many recipes as I would like to have seen. However, the recipes that are there look delicious and are full of healthy ingredients. There’s a recipe for Smoky Tomato Sauce, Overnight (No Knead) bread, Roasted Tomatillo Salsa, Horseradish ketchup (and this isn’t just adding horseradish to already bought ketchup, you’re making it from scratch using canned diced tomatoes), Slow Cooker Garlic Chicken and more.

This really seems like a great book to add to your collection. Just don’t expect the whole thing to be recipes. It is pretty much half kitchen tips, etc. and half recipes.

Want some more information about this cookbook? Go here.

Disclaimer: I received this book from Blogging for Books for this review. However, these opinions are my own.

Wednesday, October 22, 2014

Cookbook Review: The Skinnytaste Cookbook



I have been very excited to get my copy of The Skinnytaste Cookbook by Gina Homolka with Heather K. Jones, R.D. First let me say that the book is pretty good size. There’s a little over 300 pages and it’s hardback. The book is filled with beautiful pictures of many of the recipes. The author starts the book with “The Skinny Basics” which gives some great tips on eating healthy. She talks about making a plan, keeping it simple, portion size, and giving your kitchen a skinny makeover.

Most recipes have a picture along with it. Which I always feel is such a plus in a cookbook. We eat with our eyes and it’s difficult to know if we want to make something if we don’t know what the recipe looks like. So I was very happy that Ms. Homolka included so many.

Some recipes that really stood out to me were Make-Ahead Western Omelet Muffins, Too-Good-to-be-true Baked Potato Soup, “Un”Stuffed Cabbage Soup, Chicken Philly Cheesesteaks, Loaded “Nacho” Potato Skins, Turkey Santa Fe Taco Salad with Avocado Crema, Chicken Marsala on the Lighter Side,So-Addicted Chicken Enchiladas, black bean burrito bowls and so much more! So many things look good and they feature ingredients that are easy to find.

I’m hoping to make another recipe very soon from one of the cookbooks I have already reviewed. Hopefully I can soon get to where I am posting the recipe along with the cookbook review. I just need to get better organized. :) This seems like a great cookbook and I will be sure to post a recipe from it soon to update y'all on what I thought.

Want some more information about this cookbook? Go here.

Disclaimer: I received this book from Blogging for Books for this review. However, these opinions are my own.