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Kitchen Confidence: Essential Recipes and Tips That Will Help You Cook Anything [Kindle Edition]

Kelsey Nixon
4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (99 customer reviews)

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Book Description

Host of Cooking Channel's Kelsey's Essentials and fan favorite on season four of The Next Food Network Star, Kelsey Nixon shares the essential recipes, techniques, and tools that new home cooks need in their back pocket.

A young food star and new mom, Kelsey is an invaluable friend in the kitchen to everyone settling into their first kitchen of their own. Her recipes, which are broken down into simple steps, teach readers how to cook, highlighting key tools and basic techniques everyone should know. And yet her flavors are anything but basic; Kelsey gives everyone the confidence to start with the 2.0 version of a recipe instead of the boring standards. For example, she makes her house pilaf with quinoa instead of rice, and her addictive fruit salad is a savory first course instead of a lackluster dessert.
     With 100 recipes and 60 color photographs, Kitchen Confidence brings home all of the energy and spirit of the Cooking Channel show of the same name, making it an excellent handbook for newlyweds, recent college graduates, and those discovering their kitchens for the first time.

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About the Author

KELSEY NIXON is the host of Kelsey's Essentials on Cooking Channel. She got her start in food media in college when she created 100 episodes of Kelsey's Kitchen, a cooking show that aired at Brigham Young University. Upon graduation, she trained at Le Cordon Bleu and the French Culinary Institute, and held internships at Martha Stewart Living and Food Network's Semi-Homemade Cooking with Sandra Lee. In 2008, Kelsey was a finalist and voted fan favorite on The Next Food Network Star. She lives in Brooklyn with her husband and their son. This is her first cookbook.

Product Details

  • File Size: 23289 KB
  • Print Length: 224 pages
  • Publisher: Clarkson Potter (February 11, 2014)
  • Sold by: Random House LLC
  • Language: English
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #305,645 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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25 of 26 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars I love Kelsey! February 12, 2014
Format:Kindle Edition
I am a huge fan of Kelsey and her fabulous show, Kelsey's Essentials. I cannot even begin to tell you how much Kelsey has educated me on how to cook since I started watching her show. I have literally been waiting for this cookbook for over a year - the release date seemed to keep getting pushed back, but I ran out to Barnes and Noble yesterday to make sure I got my copy as soon as possible.

It was awesome to flip through the book, and what I saw were some "old" recipes that have been featured on her show, mixed in with a bunch of new ones. I don't mind familiar recipes because I will still use them in my kitchen, and it's nice to have them all in one spot.

The book is very nicely laid out with some pretty pictures that don't take over the book - it's chock full of recipes and tips - not just about cooking techniques, but also information about what different terminology means. I also loved the part about caring for your cast iron skillet and how to take care of it...I bought a cast iron skillet because Kelsey has always said such fabulous things about it as a tool, and she was right! So it was nice to have that information in the book as well. She makes it so easy to understand how to make the food by giving you the foundation for the technique.

Recipe categories included: breakfast, appetizers, soups and salads, entrees, and desserts. She also includes info about what you should have in your basic pantry, as well as basic tools to have in the kitchen.

Some of my favorite familiar recipes in the book: POT ROAST (I have dazzled many many people using this recipe...
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14 of 14 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Very excited about this cookbook! February 11, 2014
By Kate
Format:Paperback|Verified Purchase
I've been a fan of Kelsey's recipes since I had ankle surgery in 2012 and spent the whole summer on the couch watching Cooking Channel. Her show made me so anxious to get into the kitchen and cook that I spent a lot of time wobbling on crutches by the stove!

Some of the recipes in the cookbook I can already attest are fantastic. Stuffed French Toast? Delicious. Fried Pickles? Amazing. As for all the others, I feel confident they'll be scrumptious.

The layout is simple and accessible with good notes at the beginning of each recipe (plus 'essential techniques' throughout the book). I would be proud to serve any and all of these recipes to my friends and family!
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10 of 10 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Bright and bubbly cookbook February 23, 2014
Format:Kindle Edition
I love to watch Kelsey Nixon's television shows as she's a bright and bubbly personality who encourages people to cook by showing how easy it is to cook. Her cookbook Kitchen Confidence: Essential Recipes and Tips That Will Help You Cook Anything is bright and bubbly and Nixon's love of cooking shines through when you read her book. The layout of her cookbook is colorful and bright while the color photos show the recipes. Overall, this is a comfy and fun cookbook to read while containing a wealth of cooking information.

You will find the following chapters in her cookbook:

Essential Pantry
Essential Equipment
Essential Techniques
Breakfast & Morning Treats
Sandwiches & Soups
Main Courses
Desserts & Sweets

Some of the recipes you will find in her cookbook include:

Blueberry Muffins (with variations)
Baked Eggs with Smoked Bacon, Spinach, and Goat Cheese
Fried Homemade Pickle with Ranch Dressing
Deviled Eggs with Candied Bacon
Tarragon Chicken Salad with Grapes
Grilled Fruit Skewers with Chili and Lime
Tuna Melt
Grilled Apple, Bacon, and Cheddar Sandwiches
Grilled Pork Chops with Peach BBQ Sauce
Lasagna with Sausage and Butternut Squash
Poached Salmon with Orange-Ginger Sauce
Rapid Rolls
Sweet Cornbread
Cheesy Smashed Potatoes
Creamed Corn
Haricots Verts Amandine
Strawberry Shortcake Ice Cream
Skillet Blueberry and Peach Cobbler
Fudge Mint Brownies

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8 of 9 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars love it! March 17, 2014
Format:Paperback|Verified Purchase
I never write reviews but had to with this purchase! I love her show and have followed her from the start (I even met her at the housewares show!) I was nervous to purchase this as I was afraid it would be recipes for new cooks. I am no beginner and enjoy cooking classic recipes with a modern twist. it does have great basic recipes but many of them are with a twist to modernize it. there is a roll recipe, potato salad, tuna melt, cook a basic turkey and chicken, cake (which I consider all these classics) but with her take on them. its great that all of those recipes are all in one place. I've made several already and they are all great! I am excited to master making rolls, a cake, etc. there are certain types of recipes I am scared to really tackle (like those with dough) and this book helps me to try and master those. thanks Kelsey!
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
True Confession time: I hate cooking. Scratch that, I don't like cooking. Wait, that isn't quite right either. I think what I'm trying to say is that I can't cook. It's a little embarrassing to admit that, especially with everyone constantly Instagramming pics of their super-yummy looking (and I'm sure tasty) meals.

Enter Kelsey Nixon's book, Kitchen Confidence. Really, there is no false advertisement here at all. This book makes cooking easy. The recipes are delicious, well-presented and the instructions are simplified, even for an un-domestic goddess like me!Hands down the best recipes in this book are the Berries & Cream Stuffed French Toast, Grilled Veggie Panzanella, Stovetop Mac & Cheese, Grilled Fruit Skewers and Skillet Blueberry and Peach Cobbler (I'm a vegetarian so I skipped over the meat meals!). But honestly, everything is so well-presented and easy to follow that you can't mess any of them up.

Most of the recipes come with variations so you can change them up from time to time. I also really like how Nixon provides recipes for some staples like your basic rolls and quinoa pilaf. She also provides lots of useful how-to's as a great introduction to techniques such as braising, pickling, blanching and stir-frying just to name a few.

This book is perfect for a young person trying to navigate their way in the kitchen for the first time or anyone like me who is clueless when it comes to cooking. These meals are impressive and delicious.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
5.0 out of 5 stars Recipes made easy
Love this recipe book. Wish it was in spiral bound though. But recipes are easy. Love the tips given on how to use herbs and basic things I already have in my kitchen cupboards.
Published 4 days ago by Gayle
5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent photos are included of a number of the recipes
Every recipe I have tried has been very tasty. Excellent photos are included of a number of the recipes, which is really nice!
Published 28 days ago by Rick L
5.0 out of 5 stars A must have guide for every kitchen.
Excellent book with simple delicious recipes and lots of practical tips on organizing your kitchen.
Published 1 month ago by Linda Abley
5.0 out of 5 stars ... darling to watch on TV and the book is excellent for a go to
She is darling to watch on TV and the book is excellent for a go to.
Published 2 months ago by tanya boyd
3.0 out of 5 stars Great for Beginners
The photographs are mouthwatering. The sweet pea soup that greets you when you open the book immediately whets your appetite, and to learn, this luscious soup can be made with... Read more
Published 2 months ago by SensuousGourmet
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
oh she wonderful and easy recipes to make
Published 3 months ago by Deborah Bellew
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
Nice little book with lots of good stuff
Published 3 months ago by mama
4.0 out of 5 stars Recipe List and my general impressions...:)
This short but sweet cookbook is inviting and welcoming, layout is attractive - colorful, simple and cute, with many lovely pics. Read more
Published 3 months ago by ROE
Love this cookbook!
Published 3 months ago by Sunflowerlady
5.0 out of 5 stars Love Kelsey and love this book
Love Kelsey and love this book! Every recipe makes my mouth water and tummy growl! Her fun personality shows through in her recipes!
Published 4 months ago by Amber S
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