Books on Hold is a blog series dedicated to books I have seen in passing and requested from my local library. See more in the series at the end of this blog post. — Douglas
Another cookbook for the “To Read” pile. #KitchenParty has been a big influence on my reading habits lately. We have taken to making a lots of the foods that we used to buy, whenever we can. This can be something siple like making our own Taco Meat spice mix or something more complicated like making our own pasta. I look forward to checking out the recipes here to see what else we might be able to make at home.
Homemade Pantry: 101 Foods You Can Stop Buying and Start Making by Alana Chernila
“This is my kitchen. Come on in, but be prepared—it might not be quite what you expect. There is flour on the counter, oats that overflowed onto the floor, chocolate-encrusted spoons in the sink. There is Joey, the husband, exhausted by the thirty-five preschoolers who were hanging on him all day, and he is stuffing granola into his mouth to ease his five o’clock starvation. There are two little girls trying to show me cartwheels in that miniscule space between the refrigerator and the counter where I really need to be.”
In her debut cookbook, Alana Chernila inspires you to step inside your kitchen, take a look around, and change the way you relate to food. The Homemade Pantry was born of a tight budget, Alana’s love for sharing recipes with her farmers’ market customers, and a desire to enjoy a happy cooking and eating life with her young family. On a mission to kick their packaged-food habit, she learned that with a little determination, anything she could buy at the store could be made in her kitchen, and her homemade versions were more satisfying, easier to make than she expected, and tastier.
Here are her very approachable recipes for 101 everyday staples, organized by supermarket aisle—from crackers to cheese, pesto to sauerkraut, and mayonnaise to toaster pastries. The Homemade Pantry is a celebration of food made by hand—warm mozzarella that is stretched, thick lasagna noodles rolled from flour and egg, fresh tomato sauce that bubbles on the stove. Whether you are trying a recipe for butter, potato chips, spice mixes, or ketchup, you will discover the magic and thrill that comes with the homemade pantry.
Alana captures the humor and messiness of everyday family life, too. A true friend to the home cook, she shares her “tense moments” to help you get through your own. With stories offering patient, humble advice, tips for storing the homemade foods, and rich four-color photography throughout, The Homemade Pantry will quickly become the go-to source for how to make delicious staples in your home kitchen.
Previously in Books on Hold:
- To Sell Is Human: The Surprising Truth About Moving Others by Daniel Pink
- Risk Intelligence: How to Live with Uncertainty by Dylan Evans
- Harnessed: How Language and Music Mimicked Nature and Transformed Ape to Man by Mark Changizi
- The Naked Brewer: Fearless Homebrewing Tips, Tricks & Rule-breaking Recipes by Christina Perozzi, Hallie Beaune
- The Backyard Parables: Lessons on Gardening, and Life by Margaret Roach
- Pure Dessert by Alice Medrich
- The Science of Good Cooking: Master 50 Simple Concepts to Enjoy a Lifetime of Success in the Kitchen (Cook’s Illustrated Cookbooks)
- Martha’s American Food: A Celebration of Our Nation’s Most Treasured Dishes, from Coast to Coast by Martha Stewart
- The Layered Garden: Design Lessons for Year-Round Beauty from Brandywine Cottage
- Home Made Winter by Yvette van Boven (Author), Oof Verschuren (Photographer)
- Come In, We’re Closed: An Invitation to Staff Meals at the World’s Best Restaurants