Logan Levant and Hilary Hattenbach,authors of The Kitchen Decoded. Photo by Westside People
After running a successful bakery for 10 years, Logan Levant has teamed up with Hilary Hattenbach to write The Kitchen Decoded, a cookbook that starts with the tools of the trade.
“The concept is a beginner’s guide to cooking,” said Hattenbach, who has a background in digital marketing and writes fiction. “We break down the basics organized by equipment, which no other cookbook does to our knowledge.”
The trusty devices they chose include a food processor, stand mixer, zester, cast iron pot and cookie sheets. And while the book includes some of the best from Levant’s Buttercake Bakery such as the lemon squares and blueberry teacake, the new book covers the culinary spectrum from chicken wings and roasted shrimp to a quinoa tabouli salad.
“I love to entertain,” said Levant, who makes her home on the Westside. “My friends and I love to have cooking throw-downs like a chili or rib cook off. Now they think I’m cheating because I have a cookbook.”
All the recipes in The Kitchen Decoded were extensively tested and reviewed by friends and family throughout the country from a range of ovens and geographic locations. In that way readers know they are getting a recipe that actually works.
“Nothing to me is more frustrating when you don’t start with a good recipe,” Levant said. “You spend all this time and it doesn’t look like the picture. These are really tried and true recipes, definitely something a beginner can do, but the taste level is elevated.”
The Kitchen Decoded makes a great gift for anyone who recently acquired a kitchen appliance or wants to get more out of something they already own and might rarely use.
“People are often intimidated by these machines but actually they are super easy,” said Hattenbach.
The book, published by Skyhorse, comes out nationwide Nov 11.