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Get hip to the kitchen with Kate Payne’s guide

Kaye Payne is the author of “The Hip Girl’s Guide to the Kitchen.”
Kaye Payne is the author of “The Hip Girl’s Guide to the Kitchen.”

Kate Payne, 32, believes that anyone can learn to get hip to the kitchen. After her first book, “The Hip Girl’s Guide to Homemaking,” came out, Payne knew she had more to say. Now there’s “The Hip Girl’s Guide to the Kitchen” ($19.99) for anyone learning his or her way around the stove and the pantry, who might need some “mad skills.” Recipes adhere to a waste-not-want-not philosophy, the kind of dishes your great-grandmother might have made. One of the author’s favorites is a refrigerator pickle that can include any vegetable you like, including pickling cukes or carrots. Payne hopes readers think of the book as a “kitchen friend” or the person you always call when you’re stuck. You can hear her friendly voice shining through the prose. Her advice for new cooks: “Just keep at it.” The Hip Girl’s Guide to the Kitchen available at bookstores, or go to www.hipgirlshome.com.

KATHERINE HYSMITH