The New York Times’ D.I.Y. Cooking Handbook

Whether born from frugality or a mere enthusiasm for kitchen experiments, the D.I.Y. craze is seemingly here to stay. And we’re glad for that.

The New York Times has recently issued a section called the D.I.Y. Starter Kit: “small kitchen projects that any cook can tackle. What they all have in common is that they are simple, seasonless and a clear improvement on the store-bought version.” They continue to discuss the overwhelming nature of so many books on craft food, and how they’re trying to simplify the whole process of exploring and creating at home. Sounds good enough to us.

So far the site has links to dishes like fresh cheese , cultured butter, and preserved lemons. Each one looks beautiful and inspired, and makes us itch to get into the kitchen and get back to basics.

(Image: Megan Gordon)