Call it kismet—a photo of homemade pop tarts led us to A Pleasant Little Kitchen. We were immediately struck by the way Rebecca White captures the spirit of home cooking—often using props and tools from our store. We reached out to say hello, and soon she was collaborating with us on recipe developments. A visit to her blog feels like cooking beside a lifelong friend. Big, bold photographs take center stage as she walks you through the steps of simple-to-make, family-pleasing dishes.
You’ll get a taste of A Pleasant Little Kitchen on pages 46-47 of our August catalog. We invited Rebecca to develop recipes using Le Creuset’s new color, Oyster, then design and photograph a layout in her signature style. Read on to learn more about Rebecca in her own words.
My name is Rebecca and I love to cook—it’s that simple. I started A Pleasant Little Kitchen because I want to extend to you my need to create in the kitchen. Whether you’re searching for confidence to stand up to the cutting board or searching for camaraderie in food creation, let the information presented on my blog be a part of your story. I hope that A Pleasant Little Kitchen will inspire your kitchen and all those who occupy it. I want it to help you create delicious food in order to nourish those around you. Everyone has to eat—why not make it tasty and enjoyable?
Food has weaved itself into my life since childhood. I did not come from white tablecloths and ivory towers. I am a self-taught cook, who through trial and error, has discovered what a treasure tasty and creative home-cooked food can be. I am a wife, mama and historian. I love my dog and all things beautiful. So, welcome friends, to my humble yet pleasant little kitchen.
Before there was A Pleasant Little Kitchen, Sur La Table was already part of my cooking rhythm. When I began to cook, Sur La Table met many of my kitchen needs. When I began to photograph creations coming from my kitchen, they were showcased on well-loved products—baking sheets, bowls, plates, spoons. The objects shot weren’t props, they were the tools I used daily and they happened to come from one of my favorite places.
Homemade strawberry pop tarts caught the eye of Sur La Table this past spring. The day I baked these treats it wasn’t about props or recipe testing, it was about cooking for my children. I used the tools that were available in my kitchen: a ravioli stamp, a silpat mat and a baking sheet. The photos of these little pies were a reflection of kitchens everywhere; homemade treats made using quality products. That moment captured showed the spirit of the home cook—creating food for loved ones.
When Sur La Table invited me to be a part of their table to showcase my food and photography it only seemed like the natural next step. Sur La Table was part of the reason my kitchen was pleasant and working alongside them made my journey with food even more moving.
To the unconfident cook, abandon your fear of the kitchen and bravely walk into one of your biggest challenges. My desire is to share attainable recipes, tips on kitchen organization, and the odds and ends of cooking. I want to transform what is a non-pleasant in your life into a confident, enjoyable experience. Let the words of an old family friend encourage you: “I’m not a good cook; I just know how to follow a recipe.”
To the confident home cook, continue your pursuit of culinary happiness. I want you to be your cooking companion and inspire you with recipes, kitchen projects and food memories. A happy cook makes good food. I hope A Pleasant Little Kitchen enriches your kitchen experience. Make yourself at home.
To the new home cook, congratulations on one of the most enriching and rewarding hobbies you will ever find. Use A Pleasant Little Kitchen as a resource for your foundation of food knowledge and technique. Embrace your inexperience and here’s to finding your own kitchen rhythm.
Inspired to bring more pleasant to your kitchen? Find all our favorite recipes from Rebecca here.