Today, I am excited to be a part of the blog book tour for my friend Kate Payne’s new book The Hip Girl’s Guide to the Kitchen. I’m sharing a peek inside the book and a chance to win a copy today! Be sure to check out the blog book tour calendar below for many more chances to win!
Last weekend I unearthed four cans of pumpkin puree from my closet. In all seriousness, I think there are at least two more in there. I’m a little scared to try to definitively find out. I don’t have a pantry, so I stash things around the apartment where space permits. So here I am with six cans of pumpkin puree in my closet at the end of May, which is not exactly pumpkin flavored treats season. In the wake of my little discovery, Kate’s urging in from The Hip Girl’s Guide to the Kitchen that a “spare pantry” is ideal really stuck with me.
The book is full of good, uncomplicated advice like this for becoming a better, more economical cook. There’s a section of basic methods for things like yeast bread, which I always find myself googling when I want a framework to riff on, but never seem to be able to find. I appreciated the really practical, realistic suggestions around meal planning and the many other tangible takeaways that the book has to offer. It’s part reference too. Kate decodes things like the difference between “best by date,” “use by date,” etc. (THANK YOU!)
Finally, there are a bunch of great foundational recipes, like this homemade crème fraîche with an optional infusion step. Obviously, as a food blogger, I am someone who is at least comfortable in the kitchen, but I still found this book to be an incredibly useful guide to cooking with greater skill and economy and making better use of what you have–all good things!
Use the rafflecopter below to enter to win a copy of The Hip Girl’s Guide to the Kitchen (US addresses only, please). Then, follow the blog book tour links below for more chances to win.
- Recipe reprinted with permission from Harper Collins
- I didn’t have any loose leaf tea, but I did have plenty of culinary lavender, which I often use for tea. I followed the instructions exactly, subbing culinary lavender buds for the tea in the above recipe.
Disclosure: I received an advanced copy of the book from Harper Collins. They will also furnish the winner’s copy. My opinions are my own.