The Homemade Kitchen: Recipes for Cooking with Pleasure

The Homemade Kitchen: Recipes for Cooking with Pleasure Review

This book is a map for how, day in and day out, food shapes my life for the better, in the kitchen and beyond it.
—from the Introduction
 
Start where you are. Feed yourself. Do your best, and then let go. Be helpful.  Slow down. Don’t be afraid of food.

Alana Chernila has these phrases taped to her fridge, and they are guiding principles helping her to stay present in her kitchen. They also provide the framework for her second book. In The Homemade Kitchen she exalts the beautiful imperfections of food made at home and extends the lessons of cooking through both the quotidian and extraordinary moments of the day. Alana sees cooking as an opportunity to live consciously, not just as a means to an end.

Written as much for the reader as the cook, The Homemade Kitchen covers a globe’s worth of flavors and includes new staples (what Alana is known for) such as chèvre, tofu, kefir, kimchi, preserved lemons, along with recipes and ideas for using them. Here, too, are dishes you’ll be inspired to try and that you will make again and again until they become your own family recipes, such as Broccoli Raab with Cheddar Polenta, a flavor-forward lunch for one; Roasted Red Pepper Corn Chowder, “late summer in a bowl”; Stuffed Winter Squash, rich with leeks, chorizo, apples, and grains; Braised Lamb Shanks that are tucked into the oven in the late afternoon and not touched again until dinner; Corn and Nectarine Salad showered with torn basil; perfect share-fare Sesame Noodles; Asparagus Carbonara, the easiest weeknight dinner ever; and sweet and savory treats such as Popovers, Cinnamon Swirl Bread, Summer Trifle made with homemade pound cake and whatever berries are ripest, and Rhubarb Snacking Cake.

In this follow-up to Alana’s wildly successful debut, The Homemade Pantry, she once again proves herself to be the truest and least judgmental friend a home cook could want.

Title:The Homemade Kitchen: Recipes for Cooking with Pleasure

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    Some Testimonial About This Book:

  • Rachel

    I’m not much of a cook. I can read a recipe pretty easily and everything that I’ve cooked from one has come out pretty well, but I’m no chef in the making. But I would love to learn how to cook ...

  • Katy

    I liked this cookbook a lot more than I thought I would. A couple things that turn me off from a cookbook:-recipes for pickling things -the insistence that "if you make it yourself, you'll never go ba...

  • Elaine

    I loved this book! I've never read Alana's blog, Eating From the Ground Up, but I love her writing style in this cookbook. I don't know that I've ever read a cookbook cover-to-cover (except maybe a La...

  • Nancy

    I really enjoyed how this book uses whole, natural foods and most (if not all) of the recipes are made from scratch, but they still use few ingredients and don't have an overwhelming # of steps. Every...

  • Emily Kazmierski

    This book is a nice read because it tells about the author's experiences. However, I don't consider it a very good cookbook because there aren't a lot of recipes in it. It's mostly conversation about ...

  • Chantel

    This book is gorgeous. The pictures are inviting and the inspiration to not be ashamed of small beginnings is refreshing. Prettiest cookbook I have owned!...

  • Nicole

    I love this book! I have been trying to clear out my cookbook shelves and NOT bring in any more. I don't have an enormous amount, but plenty. Still, this one has such simple, gorgeous, homey recipes u...

  • Becky Purvis

    A cookbook that makes me look forward to cooking! I've cooked meals for my family for more years than I like to remember and, for too many of them, fixing dinner was, at best, a chore and, at worst, d...

  • Julie H.

    I initially gave Alana Chernila's The Homemade Kitchen: Recipes for Cooking with Pleasure a 4 1/2-star rating. However, now that I've field-tested even more of its contents, I'm upping the rating to a...

  • Sarah

    What on earth was I waiting for? I follow Ms. Chernila on Instagram and Facebook... and yet it took me months to check out this book. Just reading the introduction was a lightbulb moment: her approach...