Our Newlywed Kitchen: The Art of Cooking, Gathering, and Creating Traditions by Laura Schupp is a guide for brides-to-be about setting up a new kitchen. The author's purpose is to teach newlywed wives the "art of gathering around the table".
This is a large, oversized book in a Tiffany blue color, most likely intended for use as a bridal shower gift. Many pages feature full-size color photos, and there is a vibrant color scheme throughout. Since this book is so large, it might be cumbersome to find a place to store it when not in use. The cover makes it appear to be a cookbook, but there are actually only a handful of recipes.
The size isn't the only awkward feature of this book. Since more than 70 pages are devoted to registry planning, the book would be more helpful to a bride well before showers roll around. Maybe a mom would want to give it to a daughter after her engagement. The content of the last half of the book is the best part, with advice for meal planning and grocery shopping.
I would prefer to see this book be more of a workbook, maybe in a spiral planner format, with less emphasis on planning the registry. Some of the content is redundant and over-complicates things. I also would like to see this book not be geared solely toward the bride. Nowadays, many men do equal or even all of the cooking.
The meal planning section is very helpful and includes specific how-to's for combining entrees and sides to create different meal selections
Overall, this book has a pretty presentation, and the author shares some tried-and-true wisdom.
The publisher provided a review copy of this book.