I’m drawn to watercolor paintings. There’s something so feminine and imaginative about them that speaks to me. So when I saw that the cookbook Fresh Made Simple was filled with recipes completely illustrated in watercolor and made using natural ingredients, I knew I had to have it!
This cookbook is unlike any I’ve owned before. All the others sitting on my shelf have very detailed recipes, outlining exactly how much of this and how much of that to add. Fresh Made Simple, on the other hand, illustrates how to make a recipe instead of telling you what to do.
The Sweet Vinaigrette I made called for a “big dollop of honey” and a “couple swirls of balsamic vinegar” along with pictures demonstrating how to make it. Chef Bre from two years ago would have been dumbfounded by such an ambiguous recipe, but the Chef Bre of today loved that this recipe gave guidelines, but allowed for creativity. I easily adapted the recipe to my tastes and ended up with a delicious salad dressing! This cookbook is great for those looking for kitchen inspiration, especially for chefs who already veer aware from following recipes exactly.
Fresh Made Simple truly follows my cooking philosophy: keep it simple. So many people feel overwhelmed in the kitchen especially when trying to follow a 27 step recipe made with 62 ingredients. This cookbook has imagintive ideas for whole foods without being overly complicated. Since it focuses on mostly fresh ingredients, there are recipes for all dietary needs – gluten free, vegetarian, paleo, low carb. Name it, and you can probably find a recipe that fits your cooking style!
To learn more about author Lauren K. Stein, check out her website here. Her blog even gives tips and tricks to go along with the book!
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Disclosure: I received this cookbook in exchange for my honest review. Yay! All opinions are my own.
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