The Hip Girl's Guide to the Kitchen by Kate Payne

New Cookbook

The angle: Your best-kept secret for looking like the boss of your kitchen

Recipes for right now: Brown Sugar and Honey Granola, Stovetop Popcorn, American White Bread, Stella's Pickled Beets, Greek Yogurt, Homemade Root Beer, Pot Roast in the Slow Cooker

Who would enjoy this book? Ladies (and gents — don't be shy!) who want a grounding in kitchen basics. Also, anyone living on their own for the first time.

Quick Facts

Who wrote it: Kate Payne

Who published it: Harper Design

Other highlights: Consider this book your very own, easily bookmarked, portable Home Ec class. It's also the book that fills in the blanks when other recipes leave you confused and panicking in the middle of dinner — you know, like when the recipe says "whisk until stiff peaks form" or "cook until well-browned"? Yeah, Hip Girl's Guide to the rescue.

Pinterest is aspirational. Hip Girl's Guide is practical. Use this book to figure out things like planning your weekly meals, shopping the bulk bins, throwing a dinner party, and chopping vegetables, and then launch your Pinterest career.

Find the book at your local library, independent bookstore, or Amazon: The Hip Girl's Guide to the Kitchen by Kate Payne

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