Congratulations to lucky commenter #57, Kelli, the winner of the Hip Girl’s Guide to the Kitchen! Kelli says:
I already pat myself on the back for a lot of rock star-ism in the kitchen as far as basics goes but I know there is always more to learn and discover. now I am about to go complicated and try my hand at the pesky French macaron.
also, you know, I have yet to do real, actual canning, the hot water bath sealing kind.
that is somewhat daunting to me, I don’t know why, but, there it is.
Congratulations, Kelii! Enjoy!
You all know Kate, a.k.a. The Hip Girl, right? She’s been a friend since back in the old Can Jam days and has since spent a few nights chillin’ in my loft (or back deck) while touring for her first book, The Hip Girl’s Guide To Homemaking.
It’s hard to believe that the years have gone by and now I’m about to host Kate while she tours for her second book. Harper Collins was gracious enough to send me a review copy of The Hip Girl’s Guide to the Kitchen: A Hit-the-Ground Running Approach to Stocking Up and Cooking Delicious, Nutritious, and Affordable Meals.
The new book is a comprehensive manual on the all-important task of feeding yourself: how to build your kitchen with key pieces and useful gadgets without breaking the bank; how to stock a pantry that is both useful & flexible, and keep it stocked; simple recipes that every girl (or guy) should have in her arsenal (homemade granola, french toast, whole roasted chicken or a simple pot of beans); and how to master basic cooking techniques that will have you tossing out the recipes and letting your inner creative kitchen-freak flag fly.
Through it all we have Kate’s supportive yet cheerful tone, encouraging you to build your kitchen savvy while she reminds you that you don’t need a million bucks to feed yourself, or your loved ones, well. We also get treated to the same great line drawings, pull-outs with Hip Tricks and sidebars, and hand-drawn calligraphy that graced the pages of Kate’s first book.
The last section of the book, Feeding Others: Entertaining and Sharing Food with Friends, may well be my favorite. With chapters like “using stuff up,” “homemade entertaining,” and “better together,” on edible gifts and food parties, she is a girl after my own heart. I can’t wait to have more time to sink back on the couch and really spend some time with this jam-packed reference manual and all-around delightful read.
The good folks at Harper Collins have offered up one free copy of The Hip Girl’s Guide to the Kitchen: A Hit-the-Ground Running Approach to Stocking Up and Cooking Delicious, Nutritious, and Affordable Meals to a lucky Local Kitchen reader (US folks only, please: sorry Rest of The World!). Simply leave a comment below telling me what kitchen skill you’d like to learn or improve. Comments will close at midnight on Wednesday, May 28. I’ll randomly select a winner and announce it here on the blog. One comment per person, please. Comments are moderated: please be patient and yours will appear.
For more stops on Kate’s online book tour, please visit the following blogs:
May 20 – Food In Jars
May 21 – Healthy Green Kitchen
May 23 – Autumn Makes and Does
May 27 – Punk Domestics
May 28 – Spinach Tiger
May 29 – Local Savour
May 30 – Love and Lemons
June 2 – Kitchen Ecosystem