The Wellness Project is my forthcoming memoir (Clarkson Potter/Random House, 2017) about how I’m attempting to find a middle ground between health and hedonism in my life. You can find out more about the inspiration behind the project and the accompanying blog series here. To see past challenges and follow along with future experiments, click here.
My first cookbook, In the Small Kitchen, was published in May, 2011 by William Morrow.
It’s hard to forget your first apartment—its cramped closets, one too many roommates, and oh-so-tiny kitchen—or the first entry-level job, vibrant but hectic social life, and new found independence that come with it. For Cara Eisenpress and Phoebe Lapine, that first small kitchen was a blessing in disguise, a haven from adulthood’s worries and thrills. In the Small Kitchen, inspired by their popular website Big Girls, Small Kitchen, is their debut cookbook, filled with more than 100 delicious recipes for cooking and entertaining within the constraints of a twenty-something life. Whether you’re packing Pesto Chicken Salad Sandwiches for a cubicle picnic, staying in with a cup of Workweek Tomato Soup and Cara’s Classic Gooey Grilled Cheese, whipping up Three Onion Dip and Pimm’s Cup for a cocktail party, or making Shrimp Risotto with Sweet Peas and Leeks to impress a special dinner date, Cara and Phoebe will show you how to stretch your imagination and your pocketbook to get the most out of your small kitchen without sacrificing the flavor or fun of savoring a good meal. In the Small Kitchen will get a new generation into the habit of cooking and make your kitchen a place everyone wants to be.
Praise for In the Small Kitchen
“In the Small Kitchen [is] packed with brilliant advice and delicious recipes for anyone who wants to cook and entertain—no matter what size your kitchen.”
—Ina Garten, author of the Barefoot Contessa Cookbooks
“Cara and Phoebe have figured out what takes some of us a tad longer to realize. We can cook anywhere, any time, with anything on any budget. Take this book into your kitchen, even if it’s a hot plate and a toaster oven on a bookshelf, and feast.”
—Lynne Rossetto Kasper, host of Public Radio’s The Splendid Table from American Public Media
“[Cara and Phoebe] teach us that no coffee table is too small or studio space too humble to throw a little party for friends in. This book is chock-full of easy-to-follow recipes, bursting with fresh flavors and produce.”
“I was as charmed by this brilliant collection of recipes as I was transported by the stories behind them. This is a truly wonderful cookbook.”
—Keith McNally, restaurateur and owner of Balthazar
“Those who’ve never been confined to a tiny kitchen rarely learn to cook smart and joyfully with full awareness of the miracle of dinner. Cara and Phoebe make me wistful for the good old days of cooking for twenty in a four-foot-square kitchen. Bravo!”
—Molly O’Neill, author One Big Table
“In the Small Kitchen is a comprehensive and inspiring must-have guide for quarter-life cooks everywhere. Cara and Phoebe infuse their writing, and their appealing recipes, with the humor and wisdom of those with twice their life experience.”
—Merrill Stubbs, coauthor of The Food52 Cookbook
“A thoughtful guide for novice cooks, those who have the ambition and tastes for great meals but not necessarily the honed skills or applianced-out kitchens to execute them. Regardless of your kitchen’s square footage, the recipes in In the Small Kitchen translate beautifully”