20110620-156888-in-the-small-kitchen.jpgCara Eisenpress and Phoebe Lapine grew up together, and a lot of the growing up happened in the kitchen. Baking cookies in middle school lead to post-college dinners hosted in their tiny New York apartments, which evolved into Big Girls Small Kitchen, the duo's blog about coming into their own through cooking. You'll probably also recognize their names from the Eat for Eight Bucks column here on SE!

In the Small Kitchen tells the story of how they transitioned from college dorm eating into real world cooking; they become self-professed quarter-life cooks.

In the Small Kitchen is a thoughtful guide for novice cooks, those who have the ambition and tastes for great meals but not necessarily the honed skills or applianced-out kitchens to execute them. It's a must-have for anyone moving into their first (or second) apartments. Regardless of your kitchen's square footage, the recipes in In the Small Kitchen translate beautifully.

This week we'll be sharing simple recipes for entertaining that helped Eisenpress and Lapine earn a reputation as great cooks and entertainers. We'll be setting out cocktail hour favorites like springy Sweet Pea Crostini and gooey Panko-Crusted Spinach Dip followed by a crowd and budget pleasing main, Polenta Steaks with Asparagus Pesto, Cherry Tomatoes, and Burrata, and finishing up with Blueberry Crisp Tart that's doable even if you're not yet a pastry ace.

Win 'In the Small Kitchen'

Thanks to the generous folks over at Harper Collins, we are giving away five (5) copies of In the Small Kitchen this week.

All you have to do is tell us about your first kitchen in the comments section below.

The standard Serious Eats contest rules apply.

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