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Cookbook Review: Gourmet Meals in Crappy Little Kitchens

Updated on July 31, 2010

Does your home have a small kitchen? Do you think that you'd be able to prepare tasty gourmet meals at home if only you had a larger kitchen?

While many people believe that a roomy kitchen is a prerequisite for at-home gourmet cooking, that's really not the case at all. You just have to learn how to put the space you have to work for you.

Learn how to prepare delicious gourmet meals in your own small kitchen with Jennifer Schaertl's fun and educational cookbook, Gourmet Meals in Crappy little Kitchens .

What You'll Learn from Gourmet Meals in Crappy little Kitchens

Gourmet Meals in Crappy little Kitchens is designed to help home cooks learn how to prepare wonderful gourmet meals at home, regardless of how small their kitchens might be. When you read this book, you'll learn tips and techniques for saving space and making the most of the countertop, cabinet, and pantry storage areas that you have.

For example, this book will provide you with suggestions for making your kitchen and cooking equipment more functional as well as teach you how to approach properly stocking your pantry for versatility. You'll also learn ways to substitute pantry staples for specialty ingredients often called for in gourmet recipes. The book even includes instructions for how you can plate the gourmet dishes you create so that they look like creations from a professional kitchen.

Of course, Gourmet Meals in Crappy little Kitchens is more than just a tips book for people who don't have large kitchens. It's packed with great recipes for gourmet dishes that even novice home cooks who have small kitchens and only a few appliances can learn how to prepare. Even if you do have a big kitchen, you'll be thrilled at the amazing selection of recipes in this book.

Examples of Gourmet Meals in Crappy little Kitchens Recipes

A few of the dishes you'll learn how to prepare from Gourmet Meals in Crappy little Kitchens include:

  • Blooming Basil Pesto
  • Buttermilk Panna Cotta
  • Chiles Rellenos
  • Eat Your Vegetables Risotto
  • Get Your Goat Cheese Soufflés
  • Heavenly Cheesecake
  • Herb Crusted Pork Tenderloin
  • Rum Infused Caramelized Pork Chops
  • Scallops Ceviche
  • Show Your Sensitive Side Sautéed Vegetables
  • Many other wonderful dishes

About the Author

Long before becoming a professional chef, author Jennifer Schaertl lived in a 300 square foot apartment in Brookly, New York with a tiny kitchen area. During her time there, she learned how to streamline her food shopping, cooking, and storage habits. When she left Brooklyn, Schaertl relocated to Dallas, Texas where she attended culinary school and worked her way up to chef positions with some of the top restaurants in the city. You can learn more about the author at


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    Which4u 7 years ago from Leicester, UK

    This would be a very useful book in my home! My kitchen is tiny and you can often hear me complaining about my cooking potential being held back.

    Although i'm sure I could think of other things to blame if my kitchen were bigger ;)