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.
Some of our favorite features of this cookbook were the bits of stories about the recipe and what it means to her. It really made the cookbook seem more personal, like you’re talking to your friend about a recipe rather than going by a cookbook, which makes it a really enjoyable to read. A lot of the recipes are highly adaptable, in several of her recipes she lists a vegetarian substitute, or a way to spice up the dish by adding an ingredient. We felt it really helped to emphasize her focus on becoming comfortable in the kitchen and learning how different flavors all work together.
The layout was really nice and easy to navigate, and we really enjoyed how she mixed in some basic cooking principles in the recipes she was talking about; for example, she has a section on the importance and uses of a cast iron skillet paired with her recipe for pan seared steak. There are a lot of these little informational bits mixed in the book which makes it a great read for people who are less comfortable with the kitchen and kitchen equipment. The section on pantry essentials was especially helpful because she really pushes the idea of stocking up on kitchen essentials, and saving money on your food items.