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IN THE SMALL KITCHEN by Cara Eisenpress


100 Recipes from Our Year of Cooking in the Real World

by Cara Eisenpress and Phoebe Lapine

Pub Date: May 24th, 2011
ISBN: 978-0-06-199824-9
Publisher: Morrow/HarperCollins

Two young cooks serve up 100 recipes and real-world culinary tips.

Friends and food: What could be more fun? That's the underlying premise of this practical and creative cookbook, written by two friends in their mid-20s. Eisenpress and Lapine don’t claim to be professional chefs, but not many people are. This cookbook caters to those people, with good ideas for young adults who have small kitchens and limited budgets. Beginning with a list of basic utensils and items that will be needed on the kitchen shelves and in the refrigerator, the book is divided into different sections, including Cooking For One, Potlucking, Brunch and affordable Dinner Party Food. Both vegetarians and carnivores will find variety here. A couple of the easier recipes are run-of-the mill—is there really anyone over the age of 18 who doesn’t know how to make a grilled-cheese sandwich?—but there are plenty of unique, simple recipes, such as Yogurt Carbonara and Green Goddess Soup. Chana Bateta, which the authors claim tastes like an Indian dish, was inspired by leftovers, and their own exotic version of Vietnamese Fisherman’s Stew sounds fantastic. There are also dessert recipes and a chocolate torte that can be made from brownie mix.

Easy-to-read recipes for all occasions, whether eating alone, with a date or partying with friends.