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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.
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Product Details

  • Paperback: 224 pages
  • Publisher: Clarkson Potter (February 11, 2014)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0770436994
  • ISBN-13: 978-0770436995
  • Product Dimensions: 7.4 x 0.7 x 9.2 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.5 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (113 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #163,032 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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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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This short but sweet cookbook is inviting and welcoming, layout is attractive - colorful, simple and cute, with many lovely pics. Just flipping through, I kind of fell in love with it. If I'd designed a layout, I'd have done it very much like this. Explanations are clear and simple - this stuff isn't hard to make!

The best thing about this cookbook, though, is The Recipes (listed below), which is really the most important thing in any cookbook. Some cookbooks are disappointing, containing only a few things I actually want to make. Here are LOTS of recipes I can USE, all in one little book. Some new basics for things I know I like and a few that seemed too frou-frou before, but after reviewing the recipe seem very doable.

It's not a complete and comprehensive "How To" for all things cooking-related, but explains all you need to know to make the food in this book and has quite a few explanations of cooking terms scattered through the book (with helpful listing of page numbers in the front.) It's a great cookbook for beginners who want to get their feet wet, learn a little, make some really good food and not work oh-so-very hard to do it.

I've made a few things and they've all been fun, easy to do and (most important!), very tasty! I HIGHLY recommend this book for an easy, but delicious collection of recipes. None of it is difficult and many things have ideas for variations listed. (I'll keep making more and if any aren't good, I'll update.)

Two things i did not like:

1. It doesn't list a "stand mixer" as a required piece of kitchen equipment, but the Rapid Rolls recipe tells us to use one. Newbies sans mixers might flip out and think they can't make the dish. A note that it can be done without a mixer would be helpful.

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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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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
Starters
Salads
Sandwiches & Soups
Main Courses
Sides
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

There is an interactive table of contents making navigation easy.

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