I’m not really a gushy type of girl, but after turning only the first few pages of The Kinfolk Table, I can tell you I was feeling like I wanted to gush about it.
As well as that, I wanted to do a few other things simultaneously – turn more pages, read in detail, rush to the shops for ingredients, rush to the kitchen to start cooking, study the pictures… and I admit I was also fairly content breathing in the papery scent and feeling that certain slightly grainy paper stock between my fingers – both signatures of Kinfolk publications.
It’s basically all the best things about Kinfolk magazine, multiplied by about ten. Lovely welcoming people sharing their lives, homes, habits and favourite dishes. It is, as with all things Kinfolk, gently polished to a perfection so covetable more ‘Undone’ folk like myself might every so often question, ever so slightly, the full reality of (does everyone own a chunky knit, vintage denim and a floral dress? Do they really all grow their own vegetables and wildflowers? Do they all only eat off handmade ceramic plates?), but really, do we want to see anything less from a Kinfolk publication? I think I like it this way. I don’t cook in my floral dress nearly enough.
So that’s my gush, and the backlash of my gush. I’ve drafted several versions of my thoughts, once they calmed a little, but I feel like the lovely people at Kinfolk really describe this book best…
“One-third cookbook, one-third narrative tale and one-third international adventure, The Kinfolk Table is a collection of 85 delectable recipes spread over nearly 400 pages from creative types around the world.
Filled with gorgeous photography and design you’re used to seeing in the magazine, the book will inspire your next small gathering.
The book reflects our ideas about the way we believe entertaining should be: comfortable, simple, slow and meaningful. We travelled around the world, sharing food and collecting ideas from our growing community of chefs, home cooks, designers, bloggers, photographers and others, many of whom contributed recipes to The Kinfolk Table.
We collected recipes from all different cultures that are suitable for nearly every occasion. Some of the suggestions are refreshingly simple, like throwing freshly plucked mussels on the barbecue or filling half a cantaloupe with yogurt and honey.
Others may take a little more time and patience, such as Ginger Ice Cream with Kumquat Compote or perfecting a shoulder of veal. Danish, Japanese, Mexican and Korean influences make appearances too, as do fresh takes on classics such as Sweet Potato-Quinoa Burgers, Kimchi Couscous or Spiced Raw Chocolate Mousse.
The Kinfolk Table puts the emphasis back into the relationships that surround eating. Let the people sharing your dinner table be the foreground and superficial details such as fancy recipes and table decorations can fade into the background.”
– Josie Steenhart