The Homemade Kitchen by Alana Chernila is one of those books you pick up on a whim, simply because it has an interesting cover and intriguing title. It personally caught my eye as I tried to figure out exactly what was featured on the front picture. Is that some kind of berry pie? A meat dish? Are those almonds sprinkled across the top?
Fortunately, for us cooks, this book is much more than a novelty item. The philosophy behind it is for home chefs to start where they are, put in the required work and not be afraid of food. And that includes growing and raising your own food.
Put Your Hands In The Earth is my favorite chapter by far. If you’ve ever planned a garden and had things not turn out as expected, you’ll be able to relate. Grand plans never quite seem to work out. Chernila recommends less on the planning end and more on the doing end to remedy this. Get your hands dirty and put some seeds in the ground. That’s 99% of the battle right there.
The recipes in this book are as inspiring as the text. Kefir Banana Cake, Kimchi Breakfast Tata, Butternut Squash Pasta with Bacon, you name it. This book has innovative, fun and delicious written all over it.
I received this book from Blogging for Books for this review.