I know. I have a bit of a cookbook fetish if you will. I absolutely love them and all of the fresh, pretty pictures to inspire my own cooking.
I’ve read Alana Chernila’s first cookbook, Homemade Pantry (borrowed from a library because libraries are cool). It boasted the best recipes for kitchen staples that we hardly ever think about making ourselves. It inspired me to make my own ricotta for the first time. It was delicious!
I grabbed the second in this installment without blinking and I’m not let down. Chernila not only shows the reader how to best prepare and make some new staples like goat cheese and tofu, but also has a new range of recipes that isn’t neatly classified. There is a recipe for maki rolls that I was so excited about. It inspired me to try my own Mexican flair sushi (because I want to make everything a taco apparently).
Even the writing in this book is inspiring. Each chapter is headed by a mantra that Chernila tries to live by in her daily life. It does come off as a bit revolutionary, pressing the ideas of simpler days to not only benefit your family but the environment as well. The photo of her cloth napkin collection was enough to convince me that I should do the same.
All in all, I like this as a general reference. It is well mixed and better reflects how I hope to cook and live.
Disclaimer: I received this book for free in exchange for a fair and honest review from Blogging for Books. It does not have any bearing on my view of the book itself.