The Minimalist Kitchen: 100 Wholesome Recipes, Essential Tools, and Efficient Techniques

The Minimalist Kitchen: 100 Wholesome Recipes, Essential Tools, and Efficient Techniques

by Melissa Coleman

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ISBN-13: 9780848757212
Publisher: Oxmoor House
Publication date: 04/10/2018
Sold by: Barnes & Noble
Format: NOOK Book
Sales rank: 642,118
File size: 49 MB
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About the Author

Melissa Coleman is a home cook and baker, designer, wife, mama, and minimalist. Her popular blog, The Faux Martha, was named a Huffington Post Top 10 Food Blog and was selected as a Better Homes and Gardens Top 10 Baking Blog nominee and a Saveur Blog Awards Style & Design finalist. After spending three decades bouncing around the states, she’s happily planted under the snow banks of Minneapolis, MN with her husband, Kevin, and tiny sous chef, Hallie. Melissa cooks with the rhythm of the week—simple, modern, and mostly vegetarian on weekdays and slow and classic with a heavy dose of brunch on the weekend. She is in the process of decorating The Fauxhouse, their modern, city farmhouse. The Minimalist Kitchen is her first book, publishing in April 2018. Learn more about Melissa's design aesthetic and cooking philosophy at

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The Minimalist Kitchen: 100 Wholesome Recipes, Essential Tools, and Efficient Techniques 4.7 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 3 reviews.
melindakay82 More than 1 year ago
This cookbook made me think about my kitchen and what I actually need in it. There were many recipes I can see myself making! Bonus: the author lives in Minneapolis, which I didn't know till I started the book. Fun to read a MN author!
Christi Flores More than 1 year ago
In The Minimalist Kitchen, Melissa Coleman takes us back to our cooking roots. She takes cooking to an artistic level while keeping things simple. The book starts with a note from the author defining what minimalism is and what it means to have a minimalistic kitchen. Ms. Coleman then tells more about her background and how she herself became a minimalist. She also includes helpful charts like a seasonal produce guide and metric equivalents, which is great for beginner cooks like myself. Though the cover is quite simplistic, the inside of the book is chock full of incredibly gorgeous photos, with pictures of the author and her family sprinkled throughout, really giving it a homey feel. What really charmed me about this book is the little stories that the author has at the beginning of each of her recipes. It gives the instructions a more personable feel and you can tell that each recipe written was written with great thought and love. There are a lot of wonderful tips through the book as well as many recipes that I myself have never tried or even heard of before, like the Roasted Chickepea Bánh Mì Salad, but most of the recipes are familiar recipes that all of us have either eaten or made, like Peach Cobbler, but the author puts her own unique spin each and every one, and shows you the minimalistic way to make them. The recipes are also very easy to follow and the author does give variations to many of her recipes so you can feel comfortable substituting if you wish. One common thread throughout The Minimalist Kitchen is the author's use of "high-quality mayonnaise." You will see this ingredient used in a lot of her recipes. She does mention that this is one of her staples, and does give a good explanation why, I just thought it was worth mentioning. My only compliant is that I wish the author would've taken more care with people who have nut allergies. I myself have a almond allergy and there are quite a few dessert recipes that I can't eat and am not sure if I can substitute the almonds for another nut or omit altogether. This most likely isn't the authors fault and more mine for not being a more seasoned chef and knowing these type of things. I really enjoyed The Minimalist Kitchen cookbook and can see me putting quite a few of the recipes into my monthly meal rotation. *I received a complimentary copy of this book in exchange for an honest, unbiased review. All opinions are my own.
ChrisWebAdmin More than 1 year ago
As described in chapter 1 of The Minimalist Kitchen, minimalizing is as much an art form as a practical cooking philosophy. This book covers not only paring down your Kitchen Gadgets but also helps you make over your pantry. The author, Melissa Coleman, describes minimalism as living efficiently, with only the essentials. Most people have far more gadgets, utensils and food than they actually use on a regular basis. A Minimalist Kitchen will help you control the excess. While some books have recipes with five ingredients or less, those five ingredients will be different throughout each of the individual recipes. This can cause you to have a multitude of items in your pantry which you will only use once or twice. The recipes in this book are designed to use the same ingredients as other recipes in the book but in different ways, providing a wide range of flavors. Following the introduction to a Minimalist Kitchen, The Essential Tools provides an overview of the most important tools to keep on hand. Next comes How To Build A Minimalist Pantry, describing how to organize yourself and your pantry items. How To Stock A Minimalist Pantry explains how to decide what goes into your pantry and how to keep it minimalist. With How To Build A Minimalist Spice Cabinet you will always have the spices you need on hand without unnecessary extras. The Ingredients section provides a list of the ingredients recommended to keep on hand. This will of course change to your own preferences based on the recipes you choose as your 100 go-to recipes. In The Recipes, you learn how to best use the recipes in the rest of the book. There is also a Simple Dinner Plan included. Recipe chapters include: Breakfast Main Dishes Burgers, Wraps & Sandwiches Soups & Salads Sides Drinks Desserts Each of the recipes starts with a paragraph about how it came to be. They also include hands-on time, and total time, as well as yield. Icons included at the bottom of each recipe indicate which kitchen pot, pan or other kitchen equipment you will need. Many of the recipes have labels like Weekday, which means it’s quick to prepare, Weekend which means it takes a little longer has more components etc. and Make Ahead which requires advanced prep and extra time. Each of the recipes includes luscious full-page photographs of the finished dish. The abundance of photographs rather surprised me (in a good way) given the minimalist nature of the book. After all of the recipes comes a Seasonal Produce Guide, which will help you choose the appropriate pantry inclusions for each season. Next, a Metric Equivalents set of tables is followed by the Recipe Index. A Necessary Concept For Any Kitchen Putting aside the number of people needing to downsize, retirees for example, and the prevalence of Tiny House and RV Living, I think any kitchen can benefit from this book. Too many of us have entirely too many gadgets in our kitchens. Many of us also end up buying condiments or other ingredients for use only once leaving so much wasted and unused in our ... See the full review and the recipe for Garlicky Potato Wedges at The RecipesNow! Reviews And Recipes Magazine. This review is written in response to a complimentary copy of the book provided by the publisher in hopes of an honest review.