2010 HOLIDAY GIFT GUIDE – Gourmet Meals In Crappy Little Kitchens Cookbook

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  • Author Jennifer Schaertl
  • Paperback: 288 pages
  • Publisher: HCI (April 1, 2010)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0757313655
  • ISBN-13: 978-0757313653

Book description

If you think gourmet meals in crappy little kitchens is an oxymoron, think again!

In her debut cookbook, Jennifer Schaertl tackles the myths about gourmet cooking (you don’t need expensive cutlery and a gazillion ingredients!) and shows you how to make delectable meals despite the lack of counter space. Everything from appetizers and salads to soups and one-pot wonders to side dishes and entrees, and of course, dessert is included along with Jennifer’s tried-and-true advice for working with limited space, appliances, cookware, and ingredients all on a limited budget.

More than 130 Crappy Little Kitchen (CLK) recipes await you inside, plus:

  • Why a CLK can actually be an asset, not a liability
  • The must-haves for every CLK pantry
  • Crappy Kitchen Saboteurs: Pointless items that eat up small spaces
  • How to enhance the functionality of your CLK space—emphasizing the surprising attributes of working in a small kitchen, plus space-saving ideas that help expand space and utility, allowing for the creation of the most complex dishes
  • How to double or triple the function of utensils to eliminate clutter and superfluous tools (toss your ungainly meat mallet and use your sauté pan as an effective meat tenderizer)
  • Swap It Skills: Replacing hard-to-find, gourmet ingredients with everyday items without sacrificing taste
  • How to cohabitate in Crappy Little Kitchens—Jennifer tells readers how to share the tight space and avoid Crappy Little Casualties with chef-proven techniques she learned working in busy and cramped restaurant kitchens.
  • Ways to create beautiful plating presentations with secretly guarded tricks of the trade
  • Chefology: culinary terms and ‘did you know this crap’ facts to awe guests and increase one’s culinary knowledge in fun and inspiring ways

Whether you have an apartment-size galley kitchen, dorm room, or oversized, but completely outdated kitchen, Gourmet Meals in Crappy Little Kitchens takes the stuffy out of gourmet and shows you how to love the kitchen you are in.

I love cookbooks. I love finding new recipes to try and creating new recipes by adapting others. The title of this book, Gourmet Meals In Crappy Little Kitchens, grabbed my attention. So many of us have a crappy little kitchen, don’t we? In this book the author reminds us that just because you have a crappy kitchen does not mean you have to make a crappy meal. Love it!

The book is broken into chapters that include:

  • The Art Of Cooking In Your Crappy Little Kitchen
  • A Game Appetizers
  • Superior Soups
  • Toss Everything But These Salads
  • Exquisite Entrees
  • Dignified One-Pot Creations
  • Artful Accompaniements
  • Saucy Sauces
  • Desserts To Die For

The author thinks a little bit out of the box. That’s to say, she has some ideas I wouldn’t have thought of. She believes it’s often simpler to prepare meals without gadgets and uses what’s at hand. Would you think to purposely not buy a meat mallet because you intended to use a saucepan to hit the meat? I love the 9 Gourmet Rules – anyone that’s run into a problem mid-recipe will agree with me I’m sure. Along with the recipes there are lots of tips, cooking terminology and potential substitutions. The recipes in this book all have the ingredients clearly labeled and are all easy to understand. I’ve tried a couple of the recipes and foud them to be quite tasty – SShuttupahyourface Bruschetta, Herb Crusted Pork Tenderloin, Mashed Magnificence and Mighty Marinara Sauce. There are still many more I’d like to try including The Morning After Pasta Frittata, Call The Po-Po On This Polenta and Heavenly Cheesecake. The only thing I didn’t like about this cookbook is that the prep and cook time are not clearly labeled and that’s how I often decide which recipe I’m going to make. This book would be a great addition to any collection and for those learning to cook.

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pat.navymom October 19, 2010 - 8:04 am

Little is relative. Way back when I was born, a stove, sink, refrig, table and chairs and maybe a washtub was about it. Oops, I forgot one pantry cabinet perhaps. Counterspace and cabinets came years later.


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