ABOUT THE BOOK
In Your Own Kitchen
Reality Cooking at Home
By Karel Anne Tieszen (a.k.a. Chef KAT)
“I have watched Karel Anne develop over the years from a curious and interested cook into a dedicated, skilled culinarian and teacher. She has taken serious risks
and made tremendous sacrifices to follow
her dream. She gave up a lucrative
executive position with a respected
corporation to open her cooking school.
When she wanted to learn more about
French Cuisine, she picked up her young
family and moved to Paris, where she
spent several years developing and honing
her technique and submerging herself in
its very culture.”
—Stephan Pyles (page 5)
With upscale cooking supply shops, entire cable networks dedicated to
cuisine, and major brands that feed the passion of cooking, millions of cooks
are looking for ways to serve up dishes that provoke an unbelieving “Wow!”
when brought out to the table, yet have a minimal risk of the endeavor
turning into a culinary flop that friends and family will talk about for years. A new cookbook for adventurous home cooks, In Your Own Kitchen: Reality
Cooking at Home, by Karel Anne Tieszen, tosses in more than a sprinkle of humor while catering to this need.
Illustrated with sumptuous full-color photography, In Your Own Kitchen
features recipes that utilize familiar ingredients in occasionally downright
playful presentations that seem beyond the average cook (but aren’t). For
instance, Chicken Grandly on the Throne showcases a gleaming roasted
chicken standing upright atop a bed of noodles. Other humorously conceived dishes include Speckled Blue Marlin on the Thai High Seas and
Chocolate "Quiet as a Mousse" Cake.
Sidebars offer helpful tips for preparation or serving, and unlike many
recently published cookbooks, all recipes include nutritional information.
Clear step-by-step instructions take ambitious but inexperienced home
cooks through recipes for dishes like Baked Alaska that many people
consider “too hard.” Amazingly, almost all of the recipes have just seven
steps or less.
The one-notch-up techniques in the book come from Chef KAT’s broad
culinary background. “For 20 years I took classes with some of the best
chefs in the U.S. and then followed my passion to Paris,” she says. “I love to
work with people from all walks of life who enjoy the art of cooking but still
have real lives to live.”
This colorful treasury is a paint-by-numbers book for cooks who want to
venture into new waters. Each of the 10 chapters is color-coded for ease in
creating a palette-pleasing feast. “What if” sidebars help cooks who run
into culinary crisis. The cookbook also offers a ‘getting started’ guide with
kitchen basics and culinary must-haves. It truly is everything you need to do reality cooking at home!
“I wrote this book to help people shift from ‘I can do that?’ to ‘Yes, I can!’ because cooking is a great way to realize you can succeed if you have the desire and a guide to teach you.”
—Chef Karel Anne Tieszen