Welcome to Kitchen Scratch! A few central beliefs of this site:
- Cooking is fun! And, you have the most fun when you choose the time and effort you want to put in. Sometimes I want quick meals, sometimes a weekend project. The best cookbook is the cookbook that suits your needs.
- Taking the time to read and digest a cookbook can be a kind of meditation. You can really delve deep into the author’s experience and food culture with a cookbook. You can find things you would never have thought to search for online. One of my favorite things in the world is when I start to trust a recipe writer, and I go back through a book again and realize, now with this new trust, that I can open up to making things that are less familiar to me.
- Even a great cookbook has some recipes that are better than others. Sharing this knowledge can be a great tool for getting the most out of the experience.
- Sometimes, you need help to navigate new recipes. How do you roll out a tart dough? Can you freeze something if it’s too much for you? How do you defrost it? And on and on.
There’s a cookbook for every occasion and for every person with access to a kitchen and a desire to learn. Personally, I think they make the best gifts. Get in touch if you have a book you think I should delve into, I’ll be sure to add it to my list!