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Homemade with Love: Simple Scratch Cooking from In Jennie's Kitchen

Homemade with Love: Simple Scratch Cooking from In Jennie's Kitchen

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by Jennifer Perillo

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With its delectable recipes and charming girl-next-door tone, Homemade With Love is sure to be a welcome addition to the kitchens of longtime readers of the blog, In Jennie's Kitchen. Jennifer Perillo has long written on the pleasures and importance of cooking from scratch, buying local, and eating at home. Jennie shares her love for her farmers'


With its delectable recipes and charming girl-next-door tone, Homemade With Love is sure to be a welcome addition to the kitchens of longtime readers of the blog, In Jennie's Kitchen. Jennifer Perillo has long written on the pleasures and importance of cooking from scratch, buying local, and eating at home. Jennie shares her love for her farmers' markets and local purveyors while dishing out a hearty dose of practical culinary know-how for the working parent—or any busy cook.

Jennie has been writing online since 2006, and developing recipes for more than 15 years, even after the sudden death of her young husband, Mikey, in 2011. Gathering her family together around the table was her recipe for healing; though many things about her life have changed, her commitment to eating for nourishment—physical and spiritual—has not. A seasoned recipe developer and personal chef, Jennie has crafted shortcuts (like two homemade all-purpose baking mixes, used as a base for baked goods such as breads, muffins, and cupcakes) to make good eating just a little easier. Try recipes like Orange-Scented Waffles, Carrot Fennel Soup, Lentil Ricotta Meatballs, Drop Biscuit Chicken Pot Pie, Strawberry Blender Sherbet, and Lemon Buttermilk Doughnuts. Simple, soulful recipes for every meal of the day emphasize farm-fresh produce and whole foods. Jennie's distinctive voice is an evangelist for eating close to home, lingering around the table.

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Ten Dollar Dinners
“Homemade with Love is more than a cookbook.  It's a love song; an ode to family and life on life's terms, and the nourishing and healing power of food prepared with joy in the heart.”  
Amanda Hesser and Merrill Stubbs, founders of Food52.com
“Books about cooking from scratch can sometimes come across as insensitive to the budget and time constraints faced by most home cooks. But in Homemade with Love, Jennifer Perillo shares her best techniques for everything from creamy ricotta to roasted vegetable pizza, filtered through a lens of thrift and common sense. Her thoughtful, beautiful recipes thrum with personal experience—at the same time, they're perfect for those striving to get dinner on the table every night.” 
Isabel Kallman, founder of Alpha Mom"This new how-to bible on cooking from scratch surprises you because it's so much more. Jennie reinvents the classics of our Brooklyn youths, ensuring these homemade recipes are enjoyed by a more health-conscious generation. To top it off you can create delicious meals without laboring in the kitchen for hours!"  
Mollie Katzen, author of

“I love the recipes in this collection: The ingredients are common, the cooking techniques simple and easy to learn. There is nothing complicated here except for the melding of flavors and textures that make cooking and baking an art.” –Houston Chronicle

“A cookbook of healthy, delicious basics, whose warmhearted author shares the joy she finds in cooking for those she loves.”
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“Perillo … laces touching personal stories with thoughtful, achievable techniques and recipes that give conventional home cooking a serious upgrade. Drop Biscuit Chicken Pot Pie, Ginger-Lime Slow Roasted Carrots and Rosemary, and Pecorino Popcorn are among the standouts. A great starter book for intrepid, first-time cooks.”
New York Daily News

Elise Bauer, creator of SimplyRecipes.com
"The proper way to read Jennifer Perillo's Homemade with Love is curled up in a crocheted blanket your grandmother made, on a comfy couch with a cup of tea or hot chocolate. It's that kind of book.  With gentle prose, simple and delightful recipes that should be in every home cook's repertoire, and beautifully photographed, this book is one you will cherish."  
Melissa d'Arabian, host of the Food Network's

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Meet the Author

Jennifer Perillo is the food editor at Working Mother magazine, contributes to the Food Network blog, and worked in notable New York restaurants Gramercy Tavern and Alain Ducasse at the Essex House. Her recipes have appeared in Parenting, Kiwi, and Relish magazines, and she publishes In Jennie’s Kitchen, a food and lifestyle blog dedicated to from-scratch cooking, one recipe at a time. She lives with her two daughters in Brooklyn, New York.

Q&A with Jennifer Perillo1. What was your inspiration for this book?I wrote Homemade with Love to show that there’s a great cook inside all of us. Too often, people tell me that they’re not a good in the kitchen. The first question I ask them is what do they mean by “good”. Usually they respond by saying they cook the same few meals all the time. I then ask them if they’re friends and family like what they cook, to which the answer is almost always “yes.”
So, really, they’re doing a great job, they just need help learning new techniques to expand their comfort zone in the kitchen. That’s where Homemade with Love comes in—it’s all about sharing easy to understand techniques that everyone can use to cook from scratch with minimal fuss and maximum flavor.2. Every recipe in this book has a special story behind it. Can you share some of your favorite recipes and the stories that inspired you to create them.Every recipe in the book is a favorite; they were included for a reason. The ones I am most proud of, though, are the All-Purpose Baking MixandWhole-Grain Baking Mix. You can make everything from pancakes to cupcakes with them! Baking is intimidating for many home cooks, so they rely on store-bought mixes to get the job done. Reading those labels can be scary—they need ingredients you can’t pronounce to make them last in warehouses and on supermarket shelves. My All-Purpose Baking Mix comes together with five simple ingredients—flour, sugar, baking powder, baking soda, and salt. I bet you were able to pronounce all of them, too. Recipes that use Jennie’s homemade baking mixes include: Vanilla Blueberry waffles, Orange-Scented Waffles, Fluffy Buttermilk Pancakes, Greek Yogurt Pancakes, Lemon Blueberry Muffins, Clementine & Pistachio Crumb Muffins, Chocolate Tres Leches Cake, and Deep Chocolate Cupcakes. 3. The recipes in the book seem a bit intimidating as if they came from a top restaurant - is it really that easy to re-create these dishes at home?Let’s look closer at one of the easiest recipes in the book, as an example. Whole Roasted Branzino sounds complicated, right? I mean, most home cooks are used to filets. Once you read the recipe, you realize it only needs seven ingredients. Most of the complicated work, cleaning and scaling the fish, is done by the fish market. Once you get it home, all you need to do is stuff it with some garlic, lemon and parsley. Add a drizzle of olive oil, some salt & pepper, and you’ll be ready to sit down to a fine dining quality meal in 25 minutes.
4. You've managed to involve your daughters in the cooking process too - what are some great recipes that parents can do with their kids?Kids love baking, and mine are no different. The muffin and scone recipes in Homemade with Love are especially fun because you don’t need any special tools. In fact, this is one of those times when kids get to play with their food, as they use their fingers to rub the butter into the flour mixture to make the dough. The All-Purpose Baking Mix (I told you I really love this one) also makes it super quick and easy for kids to make breakfast—all by themselves! That’s a big plus, with Mother’s Day right around the corner.
5. You have an extremely popular food blog, In Jennie's Kitchen -- how did that first come about and how have your readers supported you over the years.My blog has always been about the stories, and how food fits into my life. That’s why I started In Jennie’s Kitchen—to find my voice outside of writing for magazines. I love baking, but I don’t sugar coat things, especially during this last year and half. Life is messy and complicated, but it’s also extremely fulfilling and rewarding if you work at finding inspiration in the big and small moments. My readers have been an incredible source of inspiration and encouragement, especially just after my husband died. I posted a recipe for Peanut Butter Pie a few days before his memorial in August of 2011. The intention was really to give friends who couldn’t attend a way to be there in spirit, to honor the life and love of someone very special to me. After I shared the recipe, the most incredible act of kindness then happened. It is literally the pie made around the world—Buenos Aires, France, Italy, Amsterdam and people in many more places opened their hearts and kitchens to celebrate love and his life, by making A Pie for Mikey.6. What chefs or home cooks have inspired you the most and why?The everyday folks like myself, juggling a career, family and trying to retain some sense of a personal life—those are the cooks that inspire me. It may sound generic, but it’s true. They are the reason I love creating recipes, to offer a helping hand and make their lives in the kitchen easier, and most importantly enjoyable.7. What are some must have ingredients any home chef should have in their kitchen?I get this question a lot, and really that all depends on what you like to cook. Do you love making mostly savory dishes? Is baking your passion? Or do you love both? It matters when you approach the best way to stock up on both tools and ingredients. I included my essentials in the Build a Better Pantry chapter. As for tools, there are three I always pack when going away for a long trip: my chef’s knife, a set of tongs and a cutting board.8. Where can you find Homemade with Love?It’s available at bookstores nationwide, and online at Amazon (in the U.S. and Canada), Barnes & Noble, Indie Bound and The Book Depository (free international shipping). For more new and original recipes, in addition to what you’ll find in Homemade with Love, visit me online at InJenniesKitchen.com

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Homemade with Love: Simple Scratch Cooking from in Jennie's Kitchen 4 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 4 reviews.
Bjdhj More than 1 year ago
I purchased two Homemade With Love cookbooks; one for a cousin who makes everything from scratch, and one for me, who needs to do that more often. I have tried several of the recipes and they didn't disappoint. A real winner!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I didn't know it was mainly Italian food. That is on me.
SandrasBookNook More than 1 year ago
I love cooking from scratch. As a stay-at-home-mom, you could say it's my normal. Yes, it's nice to be able to grab a mix or something sometimes when you're in a hurry or something unexpected happens, but I love making a good home-cooked meal. This book is right up my alley as it's not only about cooking from scratch, but cooking healthy as well. This is not a vegetarian cookbook as some have stated, but there are great notations at the bottom of each recipe for 30 minutes or less, egg-free, vegetarian, vegan friendly, make ahead, dairy free, gluten free, under 1 hour, etc. I love the fact that it uses fresh, healthy ingredients, whole grains and more. I am trying to cook healthier for my family as my husband and I try to lose weight--not so easy when you review cookbooks!! He is doing great, I am slowly moving along. Cookbooks like this are so much fun for me, though. There's some great, healthy ideas for vegetables to go so nicely with the light, healthy proteins I've been cooking. You MUST try the slow-roasted tomatoes and easy roasted vegetables. I would never have thought of "Rosemary & Pecorino Popcorn", but it was quite yummy! I'm dying to make the Roasted Tomato Soup and Beef Spezzatino as well as many, many others. I'll be going back to this cookbook time and again! I received a copy of this book from Running Press for my honest review. All thoughts and opinions are my own.
babypop More than 1 year ago
I just finish reading Homemade with Love.. What can I say I love this cookbook. It is like having a best friend in the kitchen. So easy to use and written with love. My mouth is watering reading it. So far I have tried her soup kale with white bean and ravioli. yummy. I love the conversation the writer has with the reader. Healthy and all homemade.. great book for a beginner cook or more advanced on how to make your kitchen more natural and food more homemade.