The Kitchn Cookbook by Sara Kate Gillingham and Faith Durand is a two part cookbook. The first part covers setting up the perfect kitchen, tools you will need, and caring for the kitchen. I liked the way they do not describe a perfect kitchen, but instead gave ideas so that you can create what you think is the perfect kitchen. This section explains the work triangle, storage ideas, and budget kitchen renovation. They also introduced with photos different styles of kitchens. I really didn’t like any of them, and not once did I see a style feature I would like to use.
The second part of the book is on stocking the pantry, essential skills, and the recipes. One of the first things I look at in a cookbook is how available are the ingredients going to be for those who do not live in the city. Not every town or rural area has a Whole Foods within a reasonable driving distance, and there were a few recipes that had ingredients not readily available. I was also amused by the recipe for Fresh Tomato Pizza Sauce because it called for canned tomatoes.
Although it might be fun to thumb through once or twice for a beginning urban cook, it is not really enough to be considered a reference cookbook. While it is a pretty book with nice pictures, it doesn’t have enough to earn a spot on my permanent cookbook shelf.