Kitchen Simplicity



Kitchen Simplicity

Release Date: July 3, 2018


Trade Paperback $10.95
ISBN: 978-1-7320649-9-7

Kindle $4.99
ASIN:  tbd



by Carmen Shenk 


About the Book

Kitchen Simplicity provides a road map for going tiny, embracing simplicity, and eating well, even when your kitchen is small. It’s a can-do conversation with author, chef, and tiny house expert, Carmen Shenk, who shares her methods on how she creates delectable food while living in her own tiny home of 125 square feet.

Carmen’s living philosophy demonstrates how minimalism can be a choice, not a hardship. She’ll help you move past the media-fed ‘privation mentality’ to a place of purposeful simplicity. Her specific and helpful gear list will steer you through the right-sizing process and help you to transition smoothly into a more intimate space. Everything from shopping and food storage, to gardening, green cleaning and trash disposal, is covered in this helpful, inspiring book that will empower you to savor your tiny space, to live large while living small, building intimate connections with friends, family, and guests, as you revel in a clutter-free life.


“There are so many aspects to living small that people seem to glamorize or even overlook. One of those is the kitchen. As a born and raised Southerner I find this to be very bizarre. Thank goodness for Carmen though. As the Tiny House Foodie and a former restaurateur she understands the sacred nature of the kitchen. She gets that the kitchen is the heart of the home and can also be an integral part of personal discovery. ‘When I stepped back and took a good look at what was happening, I realized that I was making food the old-school way…Great food, simply prepared’. Carmen has captured the essence of food; food for the stomach and food for the soul. Kitchen Simplicity is a must read for anyone that wants to discover what it means to find purpose in food and prepare big meals in small spaces!” – Andrew Odom, founder of the Tiny House NC Street Festival, and Tiny r(E)volution

“Tiny book packs a big wallop: if you want more freedom and less baggage in your life, here’s your guide! Do you love inspiring stories of people who took a big risk, tossed out things, made more room for relationships, and now have a powerful story to tell? Kitchen Simplicity is the tiny book for you! Read it alongside the author’s website, where you’ll find many more ideas, and this tiny book will expand enormously. Carmen Shenk is a dynamic leader. I expect to hear much more from her in the future.” Shirley Showalter, author of Blush: A Mennonite Girl Meets a Glittering World

“In Kitchen Simplicity, Carmen Shenk shares her recipe for making a rich and purposeful life no matter how tiny the space. Always the gracious hostess, Carmen serves up practical tips on how to pare your kitchen down to the essentials without sacrificing flavor or contentment. The book is generously sprinkled with warm, encouraging words of wisdom gleaned from her own experiences of transforming her tiny kitchen into a sacred space, and turning cooking into a mindful meditation. Simply wonderful.” – Susan Schaefer Bernardo, author of  The Big Adventures of Tiny House

“Adorable and well written.” – Hari Kaur Berzins, author of Coming Home: Letters from a Tiny House


About the Author

Carmen Shenk is a retired pastry chef/restaurant owner who has lived with her husband and their dog in 125 square feet with no loft. They have been “partially off-grid” since the fall of 2014. On her blog, Tiny House Foodie, Carmen demonstrates how cooking can still be a joy in a small space. Says she, “Our family jokes that we live in the space of a ‘sardine tin,’ but we eat like kings.” Visit: