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From the Back Cover

The author of The Hip Girl's Guide to Homemaking shows you how to love your kitchen and learn to make creative, delicious food without breaking your budget.

You can become a confident cook—even if the drawer with the take-out menus is the only part of your kitchen you currently use! Kate Payne shows you how to master basic cooking techniques—boiling, baking, and sautéing—and simplifies the process of fancy ones, like jamming and preserving, dehydrating, braising, roasting, infusing, and pickling. With this straightforward and fun guide, you can stock up your kitchen with the ingredients, tools, and appliances you'll actually use. You'll also learn how to decode recipes and alter them to make them gluten-free, dairy-free, or vegan.

The Hip Girl's Guide to the Kitchen includes advice and instructions on how to make both classic meals and foods that are typically bought, such as yogurt; ice cream; flavored salt; oil and vinegar infusions; kimchi; aioli; jam; granola; bread; and fruit leather—even liqueurs, iced teas, and vegetable juices. With fun line drawings, sidebars full of tips and tricks, and lists of resources, Kate Payne sets you up for success and shows you how to unlock your inner kitchen prowess.

About the Author

Kate Payne is a former nanny, after-hours poet, occasional painter, and writer. She is the founder of the Hip Girl's Guide to Homemaking website, author of The Hip Girl's Guide to Homemaking, and a frequent contributor to Edible Austin magazine, AOL's Kitchen Daily, and a number of DIY, décor, and cooking websites. She teaches classes at culinary institutions and Whole Foods Market.

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Product Details

  • Paperback: 352 pages
  • Publisher: Harper Design (May 20, 2014)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0062255401
  • ISBN-13: 978-0062255402
  • Product Dimensions: 7 x 0.9 x 9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.2 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (13 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #359,566 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Format: Paperback
This isn't your typical cookbook. There are not a lot of recipes in it and their are no beautiful color photographs of delicious food. At first I was disappointed but then I started to read this book and I ended up really liking it.

The book is filled with great kitchen tips that both the beginning cook and the more experienced one will find helpful. The book begins with the staples of getting your kitchen set up with the best cookware and utensils. Payne lists essentials and additional things that are just nice to have on hand when you are cooking. There is a great section on getting fresh food, why it is important and how to buy fresh food as economically as you can. There are then sections on cooking skills every cook needs to know about for both cooking and baking. The final part of the book discusses entertaining and I found that one very helpful.

I think this book would make a great gift for someone just starting out on their own. It has so many great tips and ideas for getting the new cook started. Even though I have been cooking for a while I still learned some new tricks in this book.
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The Hip Girl's Guide to the Kitchen by Kate Payne is a very good cookbook when it comes to being a treasure trove of information. What her cookbook lacked was better editing and in particular the recipe format. If you are a serious cook, you do not appreciate recipe format wavering. I also the question the accuracy for American White Bread. Here's a small portion of the recipe as written in her cookbook:

1. Sprinkle 2 packages dry yeast (4 1/2 teaspoons) into 1/2 cup lukewarm buttermilk (no hotter than 90 degrees F) Note: The author used the degree symbol and I did not. Add 1 teaspoon sugar and stir until thoroughly dissolved. Place the mixture in a warm, draft-free place, such as an unlighted oven, for 5-8 minutes or until the yeast has begun to bubble and has almost doubled in volume.
2. Pour the yeast mixture into a large mixing bowl, add another 1/2 cup lukewarm buttermilk, and stir until combined.
3. With a large wooden spoon, slowly beat into the mixture 1 cup flour and continue to beat vigorously until the mixture is smooth. While continuing to beat the dough, add the following:
4 tablespoons softened butter (she had arrows in front of the numbers but I can't duplicate the arrows here)
1 tablespoon sugar
1 tablespoon salt
1 1/2 cups flour
4. Transfer dough to a lightly floured surface and knead it by folding it end to end, then pressing it down pushing it forward, and folding it back. Knead for at least 10 minutes, sprinkling the dough every few minutes with small handfuls of flour --- as much as you need to prevent the dough from sticking to the boar and your hands....

Most standard recipes would have an introduction, ingredient list and then the recipe directions.
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Lucky to live in Austin & to be able to take classes with Kate. I canned my first tomatoes last summer! ;) She has GREAT advice & tips. I'm giving this to all my young friends heading off to college &/or married. A great companion in the kitchen!
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Format: Paperback
More than a guide for hip girls, this is a book for anyone that wants to gain confidence in the kitchen and be a graceful host.
The kitchen is the home's heart and Kate guides you in easy steps not to dominate, but to be more comfortable there and make it your ally whenever you want to procure something delicious for yourself and your loved ones.
This book is a valuable resource for anyone transforming a house into a home. Highly recommended!
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I love Kate Payne's style of writing - it's like we've met before. Odd, yes. I know. I would recommend her books to any one of my friends - as we are all kind of oblivious when it comes to running a house. She is able to put things into easy-to-follow steps and tells it like it is. Thank you for writing this book, Ms. Payne. It is more than a blessing!
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This is a great book for both new and seasoned cooks. I love Kate's writing and she's packed this guide with tons of extremely helpful advice...I'll be turning to it again and again.
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This is not a cookbook... not that it claimed to be but it really should be in a different section. I could not find anything to like about this book. I bought this at a very low promotional price based on the previous recommendations... so much for reviews being worthwhile!
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