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Book Review // Home by Karen Martini

November 3, 2014

Cinnamon, Oat and Date Cookies (2 of 2)

Tell me, how do you feel about putting potato chips in a frittata, Spanish tortilla style? Then dousing it in sriracha mayo and a sprinkling of coriander? In case you are wondering, I am very much in favour of this. That is just the beginning of what you will find in Karen Martini’s  newly released cook book, Home. You will also find those Cinnamon, date and oat cookies staring at you above.

Home by Karen Martini (1 of 4)

We all know Karen from My Kitchen Rules and her long running segment on Channel Seven’s Better Homes and Gardens. Karen was cooking at an early age and worked in the kitchens of many iconic restaurants before the start of her media career which has seen six cookbooks and countless recipe columns.

Home is a collection of recipes from Karen’s kitchen, which to me, seems like a no fuss, indulgent and wholesome space. Don’t get me wrong, some recipes are pretty fancy and definitely worthy of being cooked by passionate foodies {roasted eye fillet with dauphinoise potatoes, I’m looking at you} but all in all, the recipes are simple, tasty and perfect for the home cook.

Home by Karen Martini (3 of 4)

I almost squealed when I saw a whole chapter on Christmas. This was quickly followed by locking in our family’s Christmas dessert; pavlova with grilled pineapple, pink peppercorns and citrus curd. Some other stand out recipes for me are the Roasted Peach and Pear Tarts with Vanilla and Thyme, Greek Lamb Shoulder with Yoghurt, Cucumber and Mint and the aforementioned Potato Chip Tortilla with Sriracha Mayo. The pages of Home are full of both traditional and comforting dishes with plenty of fresh and modern ideas thrown in for good measure. 

Home by Karen Martini (4 of 4)

I’ve made a few recipes so far from the book. The Cinnamon, Date and Oat Cookies were a sweet and salty, spicy ride that I did not want to end and the Spiced Spinach, Yoghurt and Pine Nut Dip totally put its supermarket version to shame. I served it with the pita bread that worked out perfectly. As did all the recipes, made easy by following the simple instructions.

Home by Karen Martini is published by Pan Macmillan/ Plum Books and is in book stores now {November 2014}. The RRP is $39.99 and is perfect for foodies/home cooks/tortilla fans.

This book was gifted to me for the purpose of review. As always, these opinions are my own and I only write about the things I truly love.

Do you have a favourite recipe from your home kitchen?

4 thoughts on “Book Review // Home by Karen Martini

  1. Dilani

    This is my second time commenting… on any blog really! I’m more of a behind-the-scenes reader/lurker. So its very weird being the first to comment! But I just have to say you’re photography amazing! That dip looks so vibrant and yum!

    I also watched Karen on both shows you mentioned so am quite familiar with her cooking style and didn’t realise she had another book out. Might just have to add it to the growing list of cookbooks to get!

    Keep up the great work, Erin Xx

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    1. erinmadethis Post author

      Hi Dilani. Thanks so much for your lovely comment. That is really kind of you to say and you have made my day! I love that you’ve decided to break the silence and say hello! I wish more people did! Say hello again soon xx

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  2. Bec

    I love recipe books OH SO MUCH and this one sounds good. I like acheivable recipes for sure because home cooking can be so simple and delicious. Lovely review x

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