6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
Fun and fiercely social,
This review is from: In the Small Kitchen: 100 Recipes from Our Year of Cooking in the Real World (Paperback)
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Cookbooks take all different forms -- some elaborate, some spartan, some nerdy, some flowery. Although "In The Small Kitchen" certainly resembles a lot of other memoirish cookbooks I've seen, its strongest point is that it's very personal and social while still being creative. To an extent I liken it to Mitchell Davis' criminally obscure Cook Something, a book that incorporates some of the best of the author's social circle's tastes. Though menu-oriented, the authors' creative recipes (polenta steaks? yum) and personal stories capture the experiences of two people their first few years of life on their own in an engaging, cozy manner.
And the recipes are innovative -- from Phoebe's ultimate comfort food, the "mug of peas", to onion tarts and several different takes on pasta, as well as social activities like magazine clubs, and even advice for dating dinners, the book is just plain fun. The authors revel in the best our current cuisines have to offer, making everything approachable and less intimidating for people who haven't spent a lot of time in that sort of social environment.
This is a cool book. That's really the limit of what there is to say about it, and anything else is gravy. It's also a great excuse to get a few friends together for a dinner party.