Kitchen Confidence is coming soon!
Kitchen Confidence began as a gift of love to my wonderful daughter Jessie, giving her a taste of home when she heads out into the world of university and beyond and in the hope that she wouldn't spend all her student loan and earnings on takeaways. When Jessie asked me to write up some recipes, it was so nearly a simple scrapbook just for her, but word spread, friends, students and colleagues said they wanted a copy too. Through my teaching, I realised that there are lots of people out there who have never really tried their hand at cooking, lost faith in their abilities or suddenly find they have to cater for themselves. And so the project evolved into this fully-fledged cook book, aimed at inspiring both new cooks and those aspiring to take their kitchen skills (and confidence) to the next level. It's all about giving people the confidence to cook - it doesn't need to be daunting or complicated. And it can definitely be fun!
Kitchen Confidence is filled with my personal selection of recipes, based around what the family enjoys at home and the dishes that I keeps coming back to time after time (just because they are so great). Every recipe is accompanied by a full colour photo - as cooked at home, no tricks of photography, this is what the finished dishes looked like when I made them (and made the family wait to eat until I'd finished styling and snapping). The book is also packed with beautiful illustrations by the hugely talented Harry Stone. Within the pages of Kitchen Confidence, you'll find loads of ideas that will tickle your tastebuds and maybe inspire you to turn the occasional date with the oven into a full blown love affair with your kitchen.
The recipes are straightforward, each with a guide as to how long it will take, what ingredients you could substitute and sometimes even a little bit of history. There'ss a guide to useful store cupboard ingredients, equipment you might want to invest in and some tips and techniques for success in the kitchen. There's a section on breakfast, one on starters and snacks. You'll find pasta and rice dishes and an array of mouth-watering main courses, plus some delicious sides and salads and, of course, a selection of cakes and desserts for those with a sweeter tooth.
Kitchen Confidence is packed with Catherine’s personal selection of recipes, based around what her family enjoys and the dishes she keeps coming back to time after time. Every recipe is accompanied by a full-colour photo (which she styled and snapped whilst making her impatient family wait to eat!) as well as including note pages which contain beautiful illustrations by Harry Stone. From breakfast to dinner and dessert, within the pages of Kitchen Confidence, you’ll find loads of ideas that will tickle your taste buds and maybe inspire you to turn the occasional date with the oven into a full-blown culinary affair with your kitchen!
Each recipe is straightforward, with a guide as to how long it will take, what ingredients you could substitute and sometimes even a little bit of history. There’s a guide to useful store cupboard ingredients, the equipment you might want to invest in and some tips and techniques for success in the kitchen. So whisks at the ready as you keep calm and curry on and discover new-found confidence in the kitchen!
I love Battenburgbelle!!! (And I love the people being tortured on GBBO by said cake or any other ... who has never heard of an Angel Food Cake before?? Every. Darn. Baker. On. That. Season.) The book is well laid out and the skills you learn work upon those you learned already in the book and the illustrations and photos enjoyable. If you know someone (perhaps yourself) that would get help from this book, how about it as a bridal shower gift with some cooking equipment that they can use along with the book? If my niece was getting married this fall instead of last, that is what she would have received from me- she may be engineers but he does all the cooking.
The Author is a culinary instructor and has put together some really good cooking tips and recipes with excellent pictures of some of the most basic recipes. This is perfect book for a new cook or a newlywed. Example: A basic recipe for muffins with tips on how to make them perfect. I learned a few new tips that I had to clue. Chili and scones were delicious.
I was very inspired by this book and have planned to make a lot of the recipes. It was easy to follow and looks to be a pleasure to use.
Catherine Sloman teaches at London's fantastic Bread Ahead Bakery School in Borough Market and Chelsea. She also offers Kitchen Confidence cookery classes, runs a pop-up supper club and does private catering. She is a prize winning baker and member of the Bread Angels (teaching and selling artisan breads).
Catherine (aka Battenburgbelle) blogs about her culinary adventures on the highly esteemed Battenburgbelle.com site (and yes, she does bake a rather good Battenburg Cake). You can also find out more about her at www.kitchenconfidence.co.uk.