Simple, simpler, simplest kitchen projects turn you into an artisanal baker, brewer, butcher and canner.

Home-baked classics like macaroons are more popular than ever as cooks rediscover and master old favorites.

In fact, all kinds of artisanal and heirloom techniques are finding their way into home kitchens once again. Hungry for creamy fresh ricotta? Curious to sip sweet and strong plum-infused brandy? Get a headstart on kitchen projects large and small with A Country Cooks Kitchen, a friendly, easy-to-use companion.

A Country Cooks Kitchen collects dozens of projects that turn you into a person who preserves lemons, makes salt beef, bakes jellyrolls and shapes chocolate truffles.  

Products like these carry gourmet prices in the store but are completely doable in a home kitchen.

Theres something for every ability. Cooks with a fear of commitment can try a one-stepper like pickled red cabbage. Terrine of duck is a multi-day challenge for cooks who love a long, thoughtful effort with an impressive result.

Find your kitchen style with these three easy, easier, easiest kitchen projects.

—By Nicki Pendleton Wood

A Country Cook's Kitchen by Alison Walker, photographs by Tara Fisher


Love a good scone? Editor Jill Melton has a recipe or two for you!

Read about how Ireland's best-known cooking teacher makes and serves scones (hint: lots of butter involved!)