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From the New York Times bestselling author of The Lazy Genius Way comes a fresh perspective for getting the most out of your kitchen! "An empowering, transformative, and slightly sassy guidebook."--Jenna Fischer, actress, author, and producer/cohost of Office Ladies podcast You want your kitchen to be the heartbeat of the home, but you're overwhelmed and out of breath tryin From the New York Times bestselling author of The Lazy Genius Way comes a fresh perspective for getting the most out of your kitchen! "An empowering, transformative, and slightly sassy guidebook."--Jenna Fischer, actress, author, and producer/cohost of Office Ladies podcast You want your kitchen to be the heartbeat of the home, but you're overwhelmed and out of breath trying to make it happen. Meals are on a never-ending loop, and you don't have time to prepare dinner, much less enjoy it. Popular Lazy Genius expert and bestselling author Kendra Adachi is here to help! Packed with proven Lazy Genius principles, the book will teach you to: - name what matters to you in the kitchen--whether that's flavor, convenience, or something else entirely - feed your people with efficiency and ease - apply a simple, actionable five-step process--prioritize, essentialize, organize, personalize, and systemize--to multiple areas of your kitchen, empowering you to enjoy your kitchen the way you've always wanted You don't need magical recipes, fancy gadgets, or daunting lists to follow to the letter; you just need a framework that works whether you're cooking for one or for twenty. Straightforward, strategic, soulful, and a little sassy, The Lazy Genius Kitchen will turn your hardest-working room into your favorite one, too.


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From the New York Times bestselling author of The Lazy Genius Way comes a fresh perspective for getting the most out of your kitchen! "An empowering, transformative, and slightly sassy guidebook."--Jenna Fischer, actress, author, and producer/cohost of Office Ladies podcast You want your kitchen to be the heartbeat of the home, but you're overwhelmed and out of breath tryin From the New York Times bestselling author of The Lazy Genius Way comes a fresh perspective for getting the most out of your kitchen! "An empowering, transformative, and slightly sassy guidebook."--Jenna Fischer, actress, author, and producer/cohost of Office Ladies podcast You want your kitchen to be the heartbeat of the home, but you're overwhelmed and out of breath trying to make it happen. Meals are on a never-ending loop, and you don't have time to prepare dinner, much less enjoy it. Popular Lazy Genius expert and bestselling author Kendra Adachi is here to help! Packed with proven Lazy Genius principles, the book will teach you to: - name what matters to you in the kitchen--whether that's flavor, convenience, or something else entirely - feed your people with efficiency and ease - apply a simple, actionable five-step process--prioritize, essentialize, organize, personalize, and systemize--to multiple areas of your kitchen, empowering you to enjoy your kitchen the way you've always wanted You don't need magical recipes, fancy gadgets, or daunting lists to follow to the letter; you just need a framework that works whether you're cooking for one or for twenty. Straightforward, strategic, soulful, and a little sassy, The Lazy Genius Kitchen will turn your hardest-working room into your favorite one, too.

30 review for The Lazy Genius Kitchen: Have What You Need, Use What You Have, and Enjoy It Like Never Before

  1. 4 out of 5

    Kaytee Cobb

    I mostly feel like I'm already a kitchen Lazy Genius, but I also loved this book and stuff like the liquid index is life changing. Now, Kendra, if I know how to use tongs but not hyaluronic acid, where do I go? I mostly feel like I'm already a kitchen Lazy Genius, but I also loved this book and stuff like the liquid index is life changing. Now, Kendra, if I know how to use tongs but not hyaluronic acid, where do I go?

  2. 5 out of 5

    MacKenzie

    Kendra Adachi does. 👏🏻 not. 👏🏻 disappoint!!! 👏🏻👏🏻👏🏻 I sped-read this book in preparation for an upcoming podcast interview and let me just set the scene for you: the publishing industry isn’t what it was. Us podcasters aren’t receiving the same kinds of hard copy advanced reader copies that we used to! I received a watermarked, two-page spread PDF that I had to read off a website and move the page around with my mouse to see the whole thing. It was slightly insane. And I’m here to tell you that Kendra Adachi does. 👏🏻 not. 👏🏻 disappoint!!! 👏🏻👏🏻👏🏻 I sped-read this book in preparation for an upcoming podcast interview and let me just set the scene for you: the publishing industry isn’t what it was. Us podcasters aren’t receiving the same kinds of hard copy advanced reader copies that we used to! I received a watermarked, two-page spread PDF that I had to read off a website and move the page around with my mouse to see the whole thing. It was slightly insane. And I’m here to tell you that it was worth every single page jostle to consume this content! It was smart, funny, and practical, as Kendra’s work always is, and I hope she has many, many more books left in her. We can all benefit from her kindness and structure in how to make our lives better and less frustrating. I can’t wait to get a real copy of this book (which I will absolutely buy with my own money) and I have already started implementing her principles in my kitchen. Go preorder this book today! It does not disappoint and you will want it to live in your kitchen for all the different seasons you have to come. I will buy a copy for each of my kids when they venture into having their own kitchens someday- it’s that good!

  3. 5 out of 5

    Rachel

    A fun, colorful book with lots of great, practical tips. I think it will be more beneficial for families or roommates but as a single gal who has a fairly decent grip on her kitchen, there wasn't as much that I could glean from it. But, will be trying out a few ideas! A fun, colorful book with lots of great, practical tips. I think it will be more beneficial for families or roommates but as a single gal who has a fairly decent grip on her kitchen, there wasn't as much that I could glean from it. But, will be trying out a few ideas!

  4. 4 out of 5

    Camille Fulwood

    Excuse me this was so incredibly helpful I will be using it forever thank you

  5. 5 out of 5

    Kelly Walter

    A unqualified five stars. I wish I could go back in time and give this book to every woman lost in a standard kitchen.

  6. 5 out of 5

    Zibby Owens

    This is not a cookbook. It is a guide to having fun in your kitchen, one step at a day. This thirteen-step Lazy Genius method gives us the top five things we need to do when making decisions about the kitchen: Prioritize - name what matters. Essentialize - get rid of what's in the way; Organize - put everything in its place; Personalize - feel like yourself, and Systematize - stay in the flow. This Lazy Genius principle is genuinely genius. It's a tongue-in-cheek book because, of course, none of This is not a cookbook. It is a guide to having fun in your kitchen, one step at a day. This thirteen-step Lazy Genius method gives us the top five things we need to do when making decisions about the kitchen: Prioritize - name what matters. Essentialize - get rid of what's in the way; Organize - put everything in its place; Personalize - feel like yourself, and Systematize - stay in the flow. This Lazy Genius principle is genuinely genius. It's a tongue-in-cheek book because, of course, none of the tactics are lazy. It's just about deciding where we invest the most effort in our kitchen. It's a beautifully illustrated resource that you want to pull out and look through—again and again. It includes many cheat sheets in the back that are very basic yet helpful. There are many decisions to keep your family fed and keep your kitchen reasonably ready for the next meal you have to cook. These strategies are designed to make the experiences of cooking and eating way more fun. To listen to my interview with the author, go to my podcast at: https://zibbyowens.com/transcript/ken...

  7. 4 out of 5

    Itasca Community Library

    Carrie says: Reading this book was like having a conversation with a friend. Sure, that friend may give you tough love, but Kendra does it in a compassionate, funny way. She shares practical tips that anyone can immediately use in their kitchens, and I loved how she broke the kitchen into different sections to make your space seem not so overwhelming. The reminder to just do what works for you and not worry about what other people are doing was exactly what I needed to hear. Three words that desc Carrie says: Reading this book was like having a conversation with a friend. Sure, that friend may give you tough love, but Kendra does it in a compassionate, funny way. She shares practical tips that anyone can immediately use in their kitchens, and I loved how she broke the kitchen into different sections to make your space seem not so overwhelming. The reminder to just do what works for you and not worry about what other people are doing was exactly what I needed to hear. Three words that describe this book: helpful, life-changing, and purposeful.

  8. 5 out of 5

    Hannah Todd

    Did I expect anything less?

  9. 4 out of 5

    Rachelle Cobb

    The book you didn’t know you needed. Written in such a warm style, this book is about becoming the boss of the most intimidating room in your house. I loved learning the science behind organizing my kitchen, meal planning, cooking terms and tools, and how the heck to know when to add salt, etc. Highly recommend!

  10. 5 out of 5

    Amber Harper

    Read this in an evening but want to return to many principles over the rest of forever. I love Kendra’s voice. Reading her books feels like getting practical advice from a big sister. She writes with such kindness and care for her readers and brings really practical ideas about organizing everything about a kitchen from the stuff in it to the stuff we make out of it. I’m ready to tackle my pantry and countertops and meal plan! Love love love her cheat sheets for how to cook chicken and flavors t Read this in an evening but want to return to many principles over the rest of forever. I love Kendra’s voice. Reading her books feels like getting practical advice from a big sister. She writes with such kindness and care for her readers and brings really practical ideas about organizing everything about a kitchen from the stuff in it to the stuff we make out of it. I’m ready to tackle my pantry and countertops and meal plan! Love love love her cheat sheets for how to cook chicken and flavors that work well together.

  11. 5 out of 5

    Amy Ellis

    This book is geared towards helping you identify what matters most to you when it comes to cooking in the kitchen. I didn’t really get anything out of this book, because I was inadvertently implementing everything she suggests—kitchen zones, a few necessary tools, storage I love, pot to plate, making dinner earlier in the day. But it did help me pinpoint what matters most to me—and that is my mood! I hate menu planning, and I base my meals off what is on sale at the store. Breakfast is sometimes This book is geared towards helping you identify what matters most to you when it comes to cooking in the kitchen. I didn’t really get anything out of this book, because I was inadvertently implementing everything she suggests—kitchen zones, a few necessary tools, storage I love, pot to plate, making dinner earlier in the day. But it did help me pinpoint what matters most to me—and that is my mood! I hate menu planning, and I base my meals off what is on sale at the store. Breakfast is sometimes chocolate cake and often noodles. Also, my kids never ask what’s for dinner, which I find interesting. I am at the season of life where my teens can cook dinner and do all the cleanup if needed. I definitely would have found this book more useful and relevant if I was a new wife or mom.

  12. 4 out of 5

    Elizabeth

    Lately, my lack of meal planning and grocery shopping and boredom with recipes and disastrous pantry have been driving me crazy so I found it really helpful to think through these principles. I think I needed to be told not to compare myself to anyone else and to prioritize what my family needs/wants and not what anyone else says we should need or want. I am a pretty proficient cook so the lessons in cooking basics wasn’t all that helpful but I did appreciate the concept of the Liquid Index.

  13. 5 out of 5

    Danielle Dulchinos

    Got the audio because I knew I'd get to listen to it faster than reading print. But definitely going to need to get a hard copy to mark up. This will end up in the reference section with Flavor Bible and Salt Fat Acid Heat. Got the audio because I knew I'd get to listen to it faster than reading print. But definitely going to need to get a hard copy to mark up. This will end up in the reference section with Flavor Bible and Salt Fat Acid Heat.

  14. 5 out of 5

    Lisa

    Pretty basic and repetitive, but I love her podcast.

  15. 4 out of 5

    Sarah

    You know that musician you just adore as both a person and an artist who has an amazing first album that is so inspired they instantly become a favorite? And you eagerly await their sophomore album, but sadly it’s just not all as ground-breaking or impressive as their first work? And you realize it’s not really their fault- they spent their whole lives developing that first album, but the second is done under a microscope, with a ton more voices and opinions, and under a much tighter time frame? You know that musician you just adore as both a person and an artist who has an amazing first album that is so inspired they instantly become a favorite? And you eagerly await their sophomore album, but sadly it’s just not all as ground-breaking or impressive as their first work? And you realize it’s not really their fault- they spent their whole lives developing that first album, but the second is done under a microscope, with a ton more voices and opinions, and under a much tighter time frame? So of course it can’t possibly be as good? ….You see where I’m going with this, right? Now I LOVED TLG Kitchen Show on YouTube! It was so great. Please watch those, no matter how you feel about the book because those episodes are great. They’re helpful, fun, and interesting. I was very impressed by them. I’m sad this book didn’t work for me because I am Adachi’s target demographic. I am a married mother of 2 who does not feel confident in the kitchen, but I’m an Enneagram 1 with a great appreciation for routines and systems. I thrive when I feel my family and I, as well as our home, are all being efficient and effective. But this book was just not helpful to me, sadly. I love TLG principles and find them to be an awesome framework. But in this case, I wanted fewer questions and reflection (what matters most here, how about here, and AGAIN HERE?). So many questions and steps in that teeny tiny font with unhelpful, random images off to the side (apparently to justify all that white space?). I wanted more stories from real people, and practical examples, and genius little tips and tricks. The writing felt choppy and like it just wasn’t cohesive- I thought her first book had a much better flow. This just didn’t come together into one natural piece of writing, IMO- it definitely read like a combination of several podcast episodes/blog posts at times. I wonder what this book could have been if Adachi hadn’t written it under a tight deadline in the midst of a very stressful global pandemic. I still love her work and her personality, and think her principles truly are genius. I’ll have to revisit this book in the future when I’m in a different season of life to skim through it and see if I find more/better takeaways at that point.

  16. 5 out of 5

    Christina

    I was excited to get this so quick from the library. I wanted to crack it open and figure out what wasn’t working for me in my kitchen. I think this book is clunky. I wanted it to be more of a workbook or prompt me more on how to take action. There’s almost TOO much information in there, and I literally didn’t know where to start. Her first book had a lot more general advice so it was easy to read and then just sort of think about and incorporate principles when needed. But this book really feel I was excited to get this so quick from the library. I wanted to crack it open and figure out what wasn’t working for me in my kitchen. I think this book is clunky. I wanted it to be more of a workbook or prompt me more on how to take action. There’s almost TOO much information in there, and I literally didn’t know where to start. Her first book had a lot more general advice so it was easy to read and then just sort of think about and incorporate principles when needed. But this book really feels more action oriented, and I wasn’t in a place of wanting to get up and DO. I will pick this up again at a later time and prepare myself with a notebook and some hours to dedicate to reorganizing my kitchen.

  17. 5 out of 5

    Emma Hinkle

    This book is a fantastic guide to the kitchen and figuring out what works for you. Kendra walks you through five steps through different elements of the cooking experience (space, meals, planning, etc) and helps you identify what matters to you in those elements so that your cooking experience can be better.

  18. 5 out of 5

    Emily

    Only 3 stars because I have heard a good bit of this before on her podcast. But 3 stars because I enjoyed it and DID wind up with some take aways. Good for anyone looking to make their kitchen work better for them.

  19. 5 out of 5

    Lisa

    If you have a kitchen this book is a must read. Kendra helps us all learn how to navigate our kitchen and make it work for YOU. It doesn’t matter if you cook, do mostly take out or anything in between.

  20. 5 out of 5

    Dani

    3.5 stars. Lots of helpful info with a good looking design. Kendra’s basic five-step process is great, but it felt like a stretch for some portions of the book. I’m glad I read it, but it’s a library borrow for me, not one to own.

  21. 4 out of 5

    Katy Sakats

    Great tips, easy to implement. Would make a great housewarming gift. It's repetitive, but thats the point- the same system works in all areas with pain-points in your current kitchen set-up. I will refer back to this for many years, I'm sure! Great tips, easy to implement. Would make a great housewarming gift. It's repetitive, but thats the point- the same system works in all areas with pain-points in your current kitchen set-up. I will refer back to this for many years, I'm sure!

  22. 4 out of 5

    Ajla

    It's a book you want to own and have on your shelf so you can go back to it time and time again whenever you need a kitchen advice, from which tools you need for baking to how much time does a chicken breast require for grilling, from what kind of marinade you could make to how to clean your fridge. It's a book you want to own and have on your shelf so you can go back to it time and time again whenever you need a kitchen advice, from which tools you need for baking to how much time does a chicken breast require for grilling, from what kind of marinade you could make to how to clean your fridge.

  23. 4 out of 5

    Julia

    I definitely needed to hear a lot of things from this book. Let’s hope I can actually implement it!

  24. 5 out of 5

    Christi

    This was such an easy read with a surprising amount of light bulb moments. Her you tube videos that she released to go with this book are about 10 min each and fantastic!

  25. 5 out of 5

    Cathy

    I liked the first half of the book more than the second. I realized I already do a lot of what she discusses in the second part of the book and found it repetitive. But I still thought it was a good read and got some good ideas from it!

  26. 4 out of 5

    Anna

    This was perhaps not targeted at me - I'm reasonably competent in the kitchen, have a meal planning system that works for us, and generally don't get too stressed by my kitchen. Still, it's got me doing another round of decluttering, so it gets points for that. This was perhaps not targeted at me - I'm reasonably competent in the kitchen, have a meal planning system that works for us, and generally don't get too stressed by my kitchen. Still, it's got me doing another round of decluttering, so it gets points for that.

  27. 5 out of 5

    Risa

    And now, my one-book-purchase-a-year BOOK. I have loved @thelazygenius for many a year and joining her as she put this book out into the world was GRAND. So many great tips and tricks in here, especially the LIQUID INDEX, O M G. It was a downright treat to read this as I unpacked and organised the kitchen in our new home, knowing we would have everything we needed and use everything we had. There is real freedom after reading this to do what works and what matters for ME in the kitchen, the room t And now, my one-book-purchase-a-year BOOK. I have loved @thelazygenius for many a year and joining her as she put this book out into the world was GRAND. So many great tips and tricks in here, especially the LIQUID INDEX, O M G. It was a downright treat to read this as I unpacked and organised the kitchen in our new home, knowing we would have everything we needed and use everything we had. There is real freedom after reading this to do what works and what matters for ME in the kitchen, the room that I will captain for essentially my family's entire life. So many handy surprises in here and I'm sure it will be a go-to as our family grows.

  28. 5 out of 5

    Carissa

    One of my favorite things about Kendra Adachi is that she never encourages a one size fits all rule or way of living for everyone. Instead, she encourages readers to apply her principles to their life, in whatever way will work best for them. I think that can be directly applied to this book in that, it’s a great tool for people to take what they need out of it without being required to need or apply every single they read about. Similarly to some other readers, I am generally content with how I One of my favorite things about Kendra Adachi is that she never encourages a one size fits all rule or way of living for everyone. Instead, she encourages readers to apply her principles to their life, in whatever way will work best for them. I think that can be directly applied to this book in that, it’s a great tool for people to take what they need out of it without being required to need or apply every single they read about. Similarly to some other readers, I am generally content with how I use my kitchen, go about meal planning, hosting, etc and, therefore, didn’t find this book to be quite as revelatory for me as the first. However, there are still so many helpful frameworks and I will definitely be applying some! (Will be tossing out a jar of almond butter that’s been aging in the back of my pantry like wine…and thinking about doing one thing at night to make breakfast easier) One highlight of the book for me is Kendra’s voice and how delightful her writing is to read. She wasn’t kidding about that big sister energy coming through! The other highlight is the design of the book! I love how thoughtfully designed each chart and illustration is. The colors and layout make it easy, inviting, and very enjoyable to read! I may not have taken away as much as I did when I read The Lazy Genius, but it was such a pleasure to read and I’d definitely recommend this for anyone who’s finding that their kitchen/cooking system isn’t working for them!

  29. 5 out of 5

    Lauren

    It was full of great ideas, as expected, but the layout was a little bit odd and disjointed and sadly I didn’t feel Kendra’s personality at all which was disappointing (because I LOVE her personality). Her first book was filled was brilliant strategies AND laugh-out-loud hilariously heartwarming/relatable stories (the stuffed French Toast story is one of the best things I’ve ever read in my entire life) and that made that book perfect. This book definitely has the strategies but it just wasn’t a It was full of great ideas, as expected, but the layout was a little bit odd and disjointed and sadly I didn’t feel Kendra’s personality at all which was disappointing (because I LOVE her personality). Her first book was filled was brilliant strategies AND laugh-out-loud hilariously heartwarming/relatable stories (the stuffed French Toast story is one of the best things I’ve ever read in my entire life) and that made that book perfect. This book definitely has the strategies but it just wasn’t as wholly pleasurable to read. It was great and I absolutely would recommend it to anyone who needs help in the kitchen (especially beginners), but I hope any future books will contain more of her signature sass and love. Most likely issues that are more due to editors than the author, and I will love Kendra forever no matter what.

  30. 4 out of 5

    SandyKay

    Real steps and guidelines to succeed! I am a fan of The Lazy Genius Podcast and own (and love) The Lazy Genius book, so it’s no surprise I love this book. One of Kendra’s greatest gifts to us all is giving us outlines, guides, and suggestions on how to make systems work for YOUR own life. You don’t have to do things exactly as she does or your mom does or your college roommate does. Find the way that works best for you. This book will help. A LOT of Big Sister Energy – in the best way! The author Real steps and guidelines to succeed! I am a fan of The Lazy Genius Podcast and own (and love) The Lazy Genius book, so it’s no surprise I love this book. One of Kendra’s greatest gifts to us all is giving us outlines, guides, and suggestions on how to make systems work for YOUR own life. You don’t have to do things exactly as she does or your mom does or your college roommate does. Find the way that works best for you. This book will help. A LOT of Big Sister Energy – in the best way! The author vows “to be both excessively kind and helpful” and fully delivers as this book is full of gentle suggestions and handy tips to help you do you in the best way possible. I highly recommend this book! Stars 4.5 Would I Recommend? Yes Click Here for Full Blog Review

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