Kitchen Gift Guide – Our favorite things

Are you done with your holiday shopping? I didn’t think so. Today, I’m here to help cross a few people off your list (and maybe add a few things onto your own list). Here are some of my absolute favorite kitchen items. These are things I personally have, love, and I hope you (and your friends & family) love them too. Staub Mini Cocottes (Graphite Grey) or Cherry Red Staub 4 Quart Round Cocotte / 7 Quart Maple Kitchen Tools Lodge Mini Skillet Aiya Organic Matcha / Matcha Whisk Glass Teapot (ok, this one is on my list – hint, hint, Jack) Le Parfait Jars (I use these for…


A Very Veggie Cookbook Guide

The ultimate vegetarian cookbook gift guide. Perfect for the holidays or as a last-minute birthday gift!

Some last-minute gift ideas for the veggie lover in your life! (links below): Mr. Wilkinson’s Vegetables Vegetarian Everyday (by David & Luise of Green Kitchen Stories) Vegetable Literacy *my favorite book of the year* Bountiful (by Todd & Diane of White on Rice Couple) Ripe Superfood Kitchen Vedge Moosewood Restaurant Favorites Pure Vegan True Food Plenty The Sprouted Kitchen (by Sara & Hugh of Sprouted Kitchen) Super Natural Everyday (by Heidi of 101 Cookbooks) Giada’s Feel Good Food


Kitchen Essentials Gift Guide

While my earlier guide may have been my holiday wishlist, this is it’s more practical sister, the reality-list. These are the things I have in my own kitchen that I use pretty darn often. If you’re new to cooking, or know someone whose moving into their first home or apartment, this might be a good place to start: (links below) 1. Le Parfait Jars : my favorite jars for storing grains in the pantry. Air tight. 2. Whisks, set of 3 : because inevitably one is in the dishwasher. 3. Basic Colander : can’t go wrong with simple stainless. 4. Shun Chef’s Knife : you don’t need a knife set,…


Favorite cookbooks, by region

It goes without saying that I collect a lot of cookbooks. Here are some of my favorites, organized by place: Italy: Amalfi Coast Recipes Franny’s: Simple Seasonal Italian La Cucina: The Regional Cooking of Italy France: Lunch in Provence Little Paris Kitchen: 120 Simple but Classic French Recipes The French Market Cookbook: Vegetarian Recipes from My Parisian Kitchen UK: Leon: Ingredients & Recipes (also looking forward to: Fast Vegetarian) River Cottage Veg: 200 Inspired Vegetable Recipes Tender: A Cook and His Vegetable Patch Japan: Japanese Cooking: A Simple Art Kansha: Celebrating Japan’s Vegan & Vegetarian Traditions Japanese Farm Food Korea &…

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Hello, we're Jeanine and Jack.

We love to eat, travel, cook, and eat some more! We create & photograph vegetarian recipes from our home in Chicago, while our shiba pups eat the kale stems that fall on the kitchen floor.