News flash!

What started out at as a handy collection of personal recipes has morphed into the recently released cookbook, Counter Cuisine. Many who regularly follow Culinary Distractions may recognize versions from recipes previously featured on the blog.

Admittedly, I am an enthusiastic minimalist who has happily lived in the same small space for over four years. I’ve regularly shared my revelations and recipes with you, and my style of cooking and eating has evolved to enhance those conditions.

Counter Cuisine presents the latest methods along with a battery of full-flavored recipes that are also nutritious, easy to prepare, hold well, and frequently yield multiple meals.

“I affectionately refer to Counter Cuisine as an ‘alternative lifestyle’ cookbook because it is an integrated collection of master recipes that support a less complicated way of living. Nothing is sacrificed, it is simplified. It honors the environment, reduces energy—and still, is richly abundant.”

My cooking methods, tools, and appliance choices have all changed. I discovered the Instant Pot and other multicookers yield delicious, fast cooking, one-pot meals. I learned how incredibly handy the microwave is in making quick work of tedious tasks. A compact convection oven delivers small batch baked goods and other oven ready items in record time. Although I have a 4-burner gas stove, I most often prefer using its flat-top surface for overflow workspace and set up an electric one-burner unit off to the side when needed.

From the small space perspective, when you begin with first-rate ingredients, cooking becomes a matter of maximizing effort and efficiency. Since most recipes will work with conventional appliances you don’t need to be short on space to appreciate this approach—anyone can benefit from reliable recipes with a streamlined plan.

The recipes, including many iconic global dishes, complement one another to form a broader canvas of possibilities. An easy Chicken Ragout is extended with Roasted Vegetables and served with Creamy Polenta. An eclectic Mediterranean plate comes alive with a specialty salad, along with Hummus or a Tuscan Bean Dip. From the Pantry section, there’s homemade Ricotta cheese, Lemon Curd, and Dulce de Leche for super-fast Peanut Butter Thumbprint Cookies.

I affectionately refer to Counter Cuisine as an ‘alternative lifestyle’ cookbook because it is an integrated collection of master recipes that support a less complicated way of living. Nothing is sacrificed, it is simplified. It honors the environment, reduces energy—and still, is richly abundant.

For more on Counter Cuisine and further updates see About the Book page, or for availability go to www.amazon.com.

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