The Minimalist Kitchen: 100 Wholesome Recipes, Essential Tools, and Efficient Techniques is a cookbook, but more importantly, it’s a framework for creating a minimalist kitchen, a kitchen pared down to the essentials so you can create more. This framework will touch everything in your kitchen from your ingredients, tools, pantry, to your cooking techniques, meal planning, and shopping habits. Once the framework is in place, you can make 100+ wholesome, mix and match recipes. You’ll find Blueberry-Orange Breakfast Rolls, Banana-Coconut Baked Oatmeal, White Wine Spring Pasta, BBQ Black Bean and Quick Slaw Tacos, Crispy Pizza with Caramelized Onions, Chickpea Tikka Masala, Stovetop Mac and Cheese, and Two-Bowl Carrot Cupcakes.
It’s true what they say—less is more. But this is also true—achieving simplicity is difficult. How do you know what to keep and what to get rid of? This comprehensive guide will hold your hand through the process and make dinnertime (and the kitchen) feel doable again. For best results, read this cookbook like a novel, from the beginning. Chapter 1: The Minimalist Kitchen sets the stage for how to make and use the recipes in Chapters 2–8: Breakfast, Main Dishes, Burgers Wraps & Sandwiches, Soups & Salads, Sides, Drinks, Dessert. Melissa’s recipes are the practical application of the minimalist kitchen—using a pared down kitchen to its full potential. You’ll find them to be vegetable forward and simple without compromising flavor. They’re intentionally designed to fit the rhythm of the week and labeled weekday, weekend, and make ahead accordingly. Weekday recipes are quick and efficient, while weekend recipes are slower and celebratory. Some recipes have make ahead components to increase efficiency and break up prep times. You’ll find ingredient lists ranging from 3 to 20 ingredients. But don’t be scared by the longer list, as most of the ingredients are sitting in your well-stocked pantry. Look for Melissa’s minimalist tips offering recipe-specific advice, a seasonal produce guide, and a handy metric equivalents chart to take the stress out of cooking.
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As described in chapter 1 of The Minimalist Kitchen, minimalizing is as much an art form as a practical cooking philosophy. This book covers not only paring down your Kitchen Gadgets but also helps you make over your pantry. The author, Melissa Coleman, describes minimalism as living efficiently, with only the essentials. Most people have far more gadgets, utensils and food than they actually use on a regular basis. A Minimalist Kitchen will help you control the excess. While some books have recipes with five ingredients or less, those five ingredients will be different throughout each of the individual recipes. This can cause you to have a multitude of items in your pantry which you will only use once or twice. The recipes in this book are designed to use the same ingredients as other recipes in the book but in different ways, providing a wide range of flavors. Following the introduction to a Minimalist Kitchen, The Essential Tools provides an overview of the most important tools to keep on hand. Next comes How To Build A Minimalist Pantry, describing how to organize yourself and your pantry items. How To Stock A Minimalist Pantry explains how to decide what goes into your pantry and how to keep it minimalist. With How To Build A Minimalist Spice Cabinet you will always have the spices you need on hand without unnecessary extras. The Ingredients section provides a list of the ingredients recommended to keep on hand. This will of course change to your own preferences based on the recipes you choose as your 100 go-to recipes. In The Recipes, you learn how to best use the recipes in the rest of the book. There is also a Simple Dinner Plan included. Recipe chapters include: Breakfast Main Dishes Burgers, Wraps & Sandwiches Soups & Salads Sides Drinks Desserts Each of the recipes starts with a paragraph about how it came to be. They also include hands-on time, and total time, as well as yield. Icons included at the bottom of each recipe indicate which kitchen pot, pan or other kitchen equipment you will need. Many of the recipes have labels like Weekday, which means it’s quick to prepare, Weekend which means it takes a little longer has more components etc. and Make Ahead which requires advanced prep and extra time. Each of the recipes includes luscious full-page photographs of the finished dish. The abundance of photographs rather surprised me (in a good way) given the minimalist nature of the book. After all of the recipes comes a Seasonal Produce Guide, which will help you choose the appropriate pantry inclusions for each season. Next, a Metric Equivalents set of tables is followed by the Recipe Index. A Necessary Concept For Any Kitchen Putting aside the number of people needing to downsize, retirees for example, and the prevalence of Tiny House and RV Living, I think any kitchen can benefit from this book. Too many of us have entirely too many gadgets in our kitchens. Many of us also end up buying condiments or other ingredients for use only once leaving so much wasted and unused in our pantries. The absolutely gorgeous, easy to follow recipes aside I would buy this book just for chapter 1. The information on how to pare down your kitchen to just the essentials is invaluable. This would also make an excellent gift for anyone setting up their first kitchen. See the full review and the recipe for Garlicky Potato Wedges at The RecipesNow! Reviews And Recipes Magazine. This review is written in response to a complimentary copy of the book provided by the publisher in hopes of an honest review.
Much more than just a cookbook, it’s chock full of wisdom for efficiently executing meal times, organizing your pantry, and limiting waste. If you’ve felt stymied by meal prep, grocery shopping, and overflowing pantry shelves and kitchen drawers, take the time to read Chapter 1 and prepare yourself to come away with a renewed vigor for taking charge of your kitchen (and your sanity). From there, move on to Melissa’s inspiring (yet attainable) recipes to learn the practical art of multi-purposing a few staple sauces and ingredients over the course of a week. You’ll learn to turn leftover enchilada sauce from Monday night into a breakfast tostada the following morning, re-purpose pesto from Tuesday night’s pasta for an homemade pizza (personal favorite) on Friday, and apply a raspberry quick jam atop buttermilk biscuits or a memorable Monte Cristo breakfast sandwich for a weekend brunch. Also, several of Melissa’s simple dressings will turn a pile of lettuce into a variety of show-stealing salads. There is certainly something for everyone here, but don’t mistake this book for a “5-ingredients or less” or “dinner in 15 minutes or less” approach to cooking. Making enviable food from scratch involves a commitment to the process of sourcing, storing, and prepping quality ingredients, as well as paring down the tools and refining the process to do so. This is a roll up your sleeves approach to taking charge of the kitchen, but one that you’ll be sure to find is worth the investment.
- Title: The Minimalist Kitchen: 100 Wholesome Recipes, Essential Tools, and Efficient Techniques
- Autor: Melissa Coleman
- Publisher (Publication Date): Oxmoor House (April 10, 2018)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: | 084875526X
- ISBN-13: | 978-0848755263
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