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Cookbook Review: Comfortable in the Kitchen by The Blue Jean Chef (Meredith Laurence)

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Comfortable in the Kitchen is a cookbook written to help you feel more comfortable in the kitchen and still let you prepare dishes that will wow your family. The recipe section is broken down into: Soups and Salads; Snacks and Sandwiches; Pasta; Breakfast and Desserts and Treats.

Each dish starts off with a basic recipe and an introduction to the skills and techniques you’ll need to master in order to create that recipe. After you have that recipe down pat, there are a bunch of different recipes that start out using that technique so you can get confidence before you begin to branch out into different variations. Once you have that mastered, there are several similar recipes that use the same basic techniques but are slightly different.

As an example, a basic recipe would be Basic Cheese Frittata. The base recipe has ingredients and detailed instructions list. There is also an explanation of what a frittata is and helpful tips to let you get the most out of the recipe including things like incorporating air in the eggs, oven temperature, fillings and serving suggestions. Once you have the Basic Cheese Frittata down, you can branch out and try the Asparagus Goat Cheese and Herb Frittata or the Bacon Cheddar and Tomato Frittata. Once you’re an expert at frittatas, you can move on to the Scrambled Eggs with Mushrooms and Herbs.

The photographs in Comfortable in the Kitchen are amazing. The detail shown in the photography of the finished recipe will seriously make your mouth water. Many of the recipes contain helpful tips that will let the reader feel even more confident about new techniques and unfamiliar terms. New techniques are specially set off on their own pages with step by step instructions on what the cook is looking for and how best to achieve the desired finished result. The cooking en papillote section included step by step photographs for even more instruction that I found very helpful.

If you’re looking for a little more confidence in the kitchen or you just want a few more amazing recipes to try, this cookbook is the one to add to your library.

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