If there’s a silver lining to the pandemic, it’s that it has completely changed the ways in which we approach food. While in 2017, a story in the Harvard Business Review reported only 10 percent of Americans actually love cooking, these days most of us are getting reacquainted with our kitchens (hello rolling pin, it’s been a while!).
But with so much going on, both outside and inside our kitchens, it’s easy to get overwhelmed. A good place to start is with the Minimalist Baker. An online platform run by recipe developer, food stylist, and cookbook author Dana Shultz, the Minimalist Baker is all about simple recipes that make you feel good.
“The first and most important approach to food is simplicity,” Shultz explained once in an interview with Bakepedia. “That’s important to me because that’s the way I cook, and the way I search for recipes online and in cookbooks to actually make.”
“I always recommend reading the whole recipe start to finish and observing the required prep and cook time before starting,” she adds, “so they have an idea of what they’re getting into and aren’t surprised along the way.”
Another tip from Shultz: “I also don’t recommend making too many substitutions or alterations to the recipes as vegan and gluten-free baking especially can be tricky when you make too many swaps.”
Indeed, a lot of her recipes include healthy options and are diet friendly, so that you can eat at ease. And with a motto like “10 ingredients, 1 bowl, or 30 minutes or less”, she’s already got us hooked.