Saturday, March 30, 2013

Homemade With Love by Jennifer Perillo

How many of you like to cook? I personally love cooking and it is kind of a release as well as a joy, especially when people compliment you on the food or how it looks. You know how you feel when someone asks for your recipe because they liked it so much? Well, today I have a review for a cookbook titled, Homemade with Love, Simple Scratch Cooking from In Jennie's Kitchen. This is written by Jennifer Perillo, who many people know from the blog, In Jennie's Kitchen.

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.

This is a big hardback book that I enjoyed looking through. Some of the recipes I have on my list to prepare in the future. A lot of these foods are things I wouldn't normally cook but there are some things that will be a go-to. Things like the 20-Minute Marinara Sauce, Homemade Pizza Dough, Veggie Pizza, etc. The thing I like about this book is all the homemade from scratch recipes. Things like the dough, the sauce, croutons, beans, etc. We are talking back to the basics and teaching you how to make things you would normally just buy from the store. It is all about fresh, organic foods that don't have the preservatives and contamination in them.

Now some of these recipes are different. Things I wouldn't ever make, but overall the book has many good foods. I will say that the pictures could be done better. I guess they look older and could be more appealing than they are. It is not anything major, but when I purchase a cookbook I want the pictures to look good and make me want to cook it up. Just a little something I caught. Otherwise an excellent cookbook that I will be putting on my shelf. I LOVE the size!! You are getting exactly what you pay for with this one.

**DISCLOSURE: I was given a free product in exchange for an honest review. No other compensation was given, and all thoughts are 100% mine. Please read my full disclosure policy HERE.**

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