Homemade with Love {Cookbook Review}

Monday, April 08, 2013 0 Comments A+ a-

It's no secret that I've been creating a bit more homemade things recently. From apple sauce to my own homemade laundry detergent, and everything in between, there's nothing like creating something on your own. So, it's no surprise that a cookbook about cooking from scratch immediately stole my heart.

Homemade with Love: Simple Scratch Cooking from In Jennie's Kitchen by Jennifer Perillo is a cookbook for anyone who wants to learn how to start cooking from scratch, using natural ingredients. It's by far the most beautiful, well-designed cookbook I've ever seen, featuring 240 pages of recipes, stunning photos, and a little about what simple scratch cooking means to Jennifer.

The need to cook for some people is exactly that: a need, something essential, necessary. For professional food writer, seasoned recipe developer, and veteran blogger Jennifer Perillo, cooking from scratch, buying local, and eating a home-cooked meal with family and loved ones is as essential as the air she breathes, and it totally resonates with me. For me, cooking isn't just about putting food on the table, it's about showing my family how much I love by them by taking the time to make them the healthiest, most delicious meals I possibly can.

Homemade with Love shares Jennie’s pioneer lifestyle in the middle of a big city, and proves that cooking from scratch doesn't have to be a chore. Jennie shares with readers how to set up a homemade kitchen, including creating the perfect pantry—from the dry goods you should always try to have on hand, to what to stock in your fridge and freezer. From there she covers the everyday basics, offering shortcuts with homemade baking mixes to use as the base for all the yummy treats you’ll want to make for the family—think Clementine & Pistachio Crumb Muffins – as well as other homemade necessities like nut butters, ricotta, chicken stock, marinara and yogurt.

Recipes range from Slow-Roasted Tomato & Fresh Mozzarella Panzanella, perfect in the summertime when tomatoes are at their peak flavor, to Drop Biscuit Chicken Pot Pie, Beef Spezzatino, French Onion Cheese Buns, Crispy Spinach-Ricotta Latkes, Rosemary & Pecorino Popcorn, Cherry Chocolate Chip Friendship Cookies and Roasted Rhubarb Jam. From sweet to savory and back again, Jennie’s recipes for every meal of the day are simple enough for novice cooks who want to start cooking more from scratch, yet with flavor combinations and profiles so sophisticated they’ll entice veteran cooks as well.

I've already made her All Purpose Baking Mix (which puts my little old Pancakes In A Jar recipe to shame), and her Fluffy Buttermilk Pancakes... and I gotta tell you, they were delicious! (I made a vegan version them... subbing out the buttermilk & eggs for their vegan counterparts, but you can make them non-vegan as well.) And, speaking of vegan, the cookbook is full of recipes for everyone, including ones for vegetarians & vegans.

Overall, this is a phenomenal book for anyone who wants to add some delicious, unique, homemade recipes to their repertoire.

Have you ever cooked from scratch? What's your favorite thing to make? Leave a comment! 

DISCLAIMER: I received a complimentary copy of this book to review. As always, my thoughts are honest. 

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