Kitchen Confidence

Kitchen Confidence: Essential Recipes & Tips That Will Help You Cook Anything is Kelsey Nixon's (host of Cooking Channel's Kelsey's Essentials) first offering. It's a beautiful cookbook with color photographs on nearly every page and is chock full of not just recipes, but kitchen, food, cooking, and gadget tips sprinkled throughout. The layout is clean and pleasing to the eye. The sections include Introduction, Essential Pantry, Essential Equipment, Essential Techniques, Breakfast & Morning Treats, Starters, Salads, Sandwiches & Soups, Main Courses, Sides, Desserts & Sweets, Thanks, and Index.

I am a cookbook aficionado - I absolutely love collecting cookbooks of various types. This cookbook managed to avoid all the complaints I have about many cookbooks published today. The recipes are all accessible - not full of weird ingredients you have to go to a special store to buy. Clear directions are given and many helpful hints are provided. I've been a homemaker, and therefore full time cook, for 12 years, but some certain things/techniques in the kitchen still can tend to intimidate or confuse me, and Kelsey does a great job explaining them in a hands on way. The recipes are classic and simple, yet updated for the modern kitchen. Many cooks tend to modernize recipes in a way to make them completely unrecognizable, but here there are easy updates that don't completely obliterate the original recipe. I have a feeling this will be a cookbook I reference for years to come and am looking forward to trying the many delicious recipes it contains.

I received a copy of this book from Blogging For Books in exchange for an honest review. All opinions are my own.


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