The Homemade Pantry: 101 Real Foods You Can Stop Buying and Start Making
The Homemade Pantry 101 Real Foods You Can Stop Buying and Start Making Author: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 m... more »outh 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. « less
The recipes are good, HOWEVER, they are going to take you A LOT of time to make these things. They might be yummy, they're surely healthier than their store bought equivelent, but working people are probably not going to have the spare time to invest in making these items.
Additionally, there's no "cost comparison" to let you know if you're saving anything at all, over grocery store prices.
Some recipes include granola, ricotta cheese, lentil soup, macaroni & cheese, chicken nuggets, and toaster pastries.
I ordered my own copy before I even finished reading the copy I borrowed from the library.
Although it's not as extensive as Make the Bread, Buy the Butter: What You Should and Shouldn't Cook from Scratch -- Over 120 Recipes for the Best Homemade Foods, nor as hilarious (although the subtitles and back stories are amusing), Chernila is much more laid back in her approach to making things from scratch.
I plan to make many of her recipes, including ketchup, hamburger buns, chai, crackers and pancake mix.
Laura C. (laurachin) reviewed The Homemade Pantry: 101 Real Foods You Can Stop Buying and Start Making on
Helpful Score: 2
I thoroughly enjoyed this book! I realized that many of the changes I have already been making in my kitchen were a precursor to stepping up and quitting a most processed food. It includes many easy to follow recipes, and the hows and why's of doing it yourself.