The Homemade Kitchen

The Homemade Kitchen

Cooking with The Homemade Kitchen

As my son and I cook together, I realize the sweetness and importance of these shared experiences, and I cherish these times with reverence and awe. Never much of a cook myself, my son inspires me to try new recipes and get back to the basics of cooking, rather than being more concerned with convenience. Slowing down and savoring the art and love that go into our dishes have changed my perspective on the kitchen. It has become a room that is the center of our family, in a way, as we create, gather, share, and feast.

Alana Chernila’s The Homemade Kitchen: Recipes for Cooking with Pleasure is more than just a collection of recipes, and when my son pulled it out of the shipping box, he gasped and “oohed” at the cover and immediately began to flip through the pages. He and I are devouring this book and finding that it is inspiring us to savor even more both the simplicity and the complexity of time spent in the kitchen. Homemade meals and homemade ingredients, homemade tools and homemade gifts–all of these things are not only possible, but important in contributing to the most meaningful parts of our day.

In The Homemade Kitchen, Alana provides everything from inspiration: “Start where you are,” to basic step-by-step how to lessons: “How to cook an egg.” Recipes include staples like cheeses and butter, as well as adventures like Kimchi Breakfast Tata. I love that Alana encourages the reader to embrace being a beginner, and to just get in there and create.

Using scraps, sharing with others, growing your own, and celebrating with others are all featured in this uniquely written compendium that will be a staple in our kitchen for years to come. The biggest hurdle to cooking, in my opinion, is the feeling that you have to achieve perfection. Cooking shows and high-brow cookbooks can make a young or fledgling cook feel like it’s a hopeless cause, so just open up a box/mix and be happy. However, The Homemade Kitchen is a priceless motivator that teaches to get over that fear of food and just do your best. I love it!

The publisher provided a review copy of The Homemade Kitchen.

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