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Read + Review: Hack Your Cupboard by Alyssa Wiegand and Carla Carreon

Hack Your Cupboard: How to Make the Best of Every Kitchen (No Matter How Small)

This book is a cookbook that teaches beginners how to make easy, delicious, and healthy meals. As the title suggests, the book is about making tasty meals with just common ingredients in everyone’s cupboard. It teaches basic multi-purpose recipes like soy dressings or vinaigrettes, and it has specific chapters for dorm room meals, pasta, sandwiches, ramen, microwave recipes, and more. When new topics are introduced in this book, it explains how to perfect that skill in an easy-to-follow way. This author uses simple instructions in a precise way to describe how to make these meals.

I think this book is great for culinary beginners, and for teaching purposes. I liked how the book gives tips to improve your meal with spices and toppings. They also teach how to organize your cupboard, and how to make the most out of limited ingredients. This book would definitely be useful for party planning, last minute cooking, and people who want to try out cooking for the first time. I especially liked how the author chose to incorporate simple recipes which are very inspiring for a new cook. Also, the book had appetizing and attractive pictures that are good representations of the meal that makes you want to make it even more.

One memorable thing about the book is how this book is about making delicious foods with common ingredients. This book would be really useful for people living in dorm rooms and apartments with limited ingredients. One example is a black pepper pasta that looks and tastes delicious, but it only uses 5 ingredients. Another example is a tasty microwaveable brownie that only uses 4 ingredients. It also explains what the essentials are to have in your cupboard when you first move into a new house or apartment.

Reviewed by Siddarth, Twin Hickory Library

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