BY MAVIS LINNEMANN Welcome to the world of the Kitchen Bitch. What makes me a kitchen bitch, you ask? Well, when I’m not working as a freelance writer and editor, I spend pretty much all of my time in pursuit of my next gastronomical adventure, whether its cooking, baking, gardening, dreaming up new meals ideas, sampling new foods in Chicago and abroad, or lazily watching the Food Network. And once I’m in the kitchen, I usually designate a friend or family member my “kitchen bitch” for the day—my sister Paige often gets the honor (and she happens to love it, mind you.) I’m always one to have an opinion and I don’t mind sharing it, so let’s just say that this blog title doesn’t just come from the fact that I always have a helper or two in the kitchen. I’ve been cooking for family and friends for years now, and I always get asked about techniques, new recipes, great restaurants, and useful culinary gadgets. This blog is my way to answer many of these questions—with sass and class, of course—and share recipes written by both myself and professional chefs. So, folks, roll up those sleeves and get cooking with the Kitchen Bitch.
What’s that you say, ‘You want to cook with the Kitchen Bitch, but your kitchen just isn’t ready yet? Never fear, the KB is here with a list of must-haves every cook should have in the kitchen. When my friend Emily decided she wanted to start doing some serious cooking a few months ago, I took her to all my favorite culinary outposts around Chicago and made sure she had all the kitchen basics. What took me many months to amass, Emily collected in just one afternoon, for less than $400 I might add. Here’s the list of 25 items the serious cook or baker just shouldn’t be without. MORE