Your Starter Kitchen

Your Starter Kitchen

The Definitive Beginner's Guide to Stocking, Organizing, and Cooking in Your Kitchen

Lisa Chernick


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A practical and essential guide to organizing and setting up a kitchen of any size—from gear and pantry essentials to easy cooking techniques and recipes.

Do you want to become proficient in the kitchen but have no idea where to start? Are you overwhelmed by the amount of options for utensils and gear? Your Starter Kitchen is a highly practical, introductory guide for beginners that shows how to equip, stock, and cook in your kitchen—without breaking the bank.

Learn how to:
-Use all the essential utensils everyone should have in their kitchen
-Determine which gadgets and high-end items you should splurge on—and which ones you shouldn’t
-Effectively split the cost of kitchen necessities when living with roommates
-Buy budget-friendly and healthy ingredients that have a long shelf life for the pantry
-Get creative with your kitchen storage and organization if you have limited space
-Host a food-centered gathering without breaking a sweat
-And so much more!

So, whether you have a college dorm kitchen, small house, or are moving into your forever home and want to pick up any cookbook with confidence, Your Starter Kitchen is the perfect book for you.


Lisa Chernick:
Lisa Chernick is a native of Buffalo, New York, who fell for food and cooking while living in Italy. She studied at universities in both Rome and Siena, graduated from Boston University, and attended culinary school at NYC’s Institute of Culinary Education. Lisa has been a food writer and editor for more than twenty years; from Food Arts magazine, to the early days of Epicurious, and most recently at Weight Watchers’s website, magazine, and cookbooks. She has been a James Beard Book Awards judge for the past twelve years and a James Beard Award nominee herself for digital writing and editing. An avid home cook, Lisa shares her Hoboken, New Jersey, home with her husband, two fabulous teenage daughters, and an exceptional mini poodle.