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Kitchen Confidence: Essential Recipes and Tips That Will Help You Cook Anything Paperback – February 11, 2014
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Top Customer Reviews
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...Read more ›
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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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!
You will find the following chapters in her cookbook:
Breakfast & Morning Treats
Sandwiches & Soups
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
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
Cheesy Smashed Potatoes
Haricots Verts Amandine
Strawberry Shortcake Ice Cream
Skillet Blueberry and Peach Cobbler
Fudge Mint Brownies
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
I love her recipes because she spells out just exactly what you need and how to do it. Good for beginning cooks - but also for us old time cooks, too.Published 1 month ago by peaches
I have always enjoyed Kelsey's cook show on Food Network. This has some of her great recipes. Glad I purchased for my collection.Published 1 month ago by dnnllb
Love this cookbook. Have made a couple of recipes and will use this often.Published 2 months ago by Luv2read
Great reference! I use it all the time. Her receipes well thouht and easy to use. Great flavor. Wish her show was still on television.Published 3 months ago by Jean S. King
This is one of my go to cookbooks. Nice photos of great recipes.Published 3 months ago by lefsesmom
Bought this for my Daughter. Thought she would really like it but she doesn't like it at all. She says she won't ever use it.Published 7 months ago by Bozzles