The Homemade Pantry: 101 Foods You Can Stop Buying and Start Making Paperback – Apr 3 2012
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“Alana is the real deal: A practically minded, thoroughly modern yet authentically old school homesteader. Ingeniously opting for quality over quantity, she strives for excellence, taste, and nutrition, and inspires her readers to do the same. She shows us the functional beauty in a frugal kind of cooking that’s nevertheless alive with luxury and abundance. Believe her and practice what she preaches.”
—LUCINDA SCALA QUINN, host of Mad Hungry with Lucinda Scala Quinn and author of Mad Hungry
“Alana Chernila’s food is the sort of honest, natural, and down-to-earth cooking that I crave. On the top of my can’t-wait-to-make list are the toaster pastries, which I’m sure my own daughter will adore, and the cucumber pickles, which are right up my DIY-alley. Plus, Alana’s stories are engaging and fun to read. But what I really love about this book is Alana’s passionate approach to homemade kitchen staples, which I hope will get people to rethink the questionable goods that we all keep in our pantries. We can do better, and she shows us how. I would feel confident cooking any of her recipes for my friends and family, and that means a lot.”
—MELISSA CLARK, New York Times food columnist and author of Cook This Now
“You can work culinary magic on a whim when you keep a well-stocked, mindfully edited pantry. Alana’s beautiful book shows you the way with an impressive range of homemade go-tos. She covers all the useful day-to-day staples here with understated style. Pancake and waffle mixes, granola, tomato sauce, and salad dressings bump up against recipes for crackers, soda syrups, sauerkraut, and spice blends. It’s the sort of book that makes you want to head straight for your kitchen.”
—HEIDI SWANSON, bestselling author of Super Natural Every Day
“Alana Chernila has given us something incredibly special: a book both practical and inspiring, authoritative, and down to earth. Reading THE HOMEMADE PANTRY, I feel as though I’m in the kitchen with her and her family, and that together, there’s nothing that we can’t do. Why not make my own hot sauce, mozzarella, or graham crackers? From now on, I know I will.”
—MOLLY WIZENBERG, bestselling author of A Homemade Life
“Alana Chernila not only understands the power of food, she understands the power of food and family. She understands the comfort and security a bowl of creamy soup brings on a winter day; she understands that a lasagna from scratch can bond a family in ways that the boxed kind can’t; and perhaps most importantly, she understands that a warm homemade toaster pastry will go a long way in easing any brand of maternal guilt. I think that recipe in particular is going to be a keeper in my house.”
—JENNY ROSENSTRACH, creator of DinnerALoveStory.com
“The Homemade Pantry is an important, beautiful work that can change the way people approach their food lives.”
—MOLLIE KATZEN, author of The Moosewood Cookbook
“A gorgeous collection of recipes for making fresh, healthier versions of store-bought packaged foods like Pop Tarts, pizza, and more. Good for your waistline, your wallet, and the environment.”
- SCHOLASTIC PARENT & CHILD
About the Author
ALANA CHERNILA writes, cooks, sells fresh vegetables, and teaches cheese making. She created the blog EatingFromTheGroundUp in 2008. Alana is a graduate of St. John’s College in Santa Fe and lives with her husband and their two young daughters in western Massachusetts, where she is a selectman.See all Product Description
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Another thing, some of the recipes need you to be a good cook, not a beginner. For example, making ricotta could have turned up to make a real mess (and possibly some burns on the arms too), but because I'm more experienced, I could avoid that. One of the things I appreciated was that the timing and instructions in this book are top notch (for me at least, you may not have the same results) and that made the cooking way easier.
I have made the homemade hamburger buns 3 times already, and probably will never want to use store bought ones again. They turned out exactly as shown in the book, and tasted terrific!
I like reading about the " story " behind a recipe, and therefore enjoy reading the short little introductions to each recipe.
I think this book would make a great gift for anyone who enjoys cooking...nothing sounds too difficult or has hard to source ingredients.
Our favourite recipes include the pancake and waffle recipes, as well as the fresh pasta, ricotta and lasagne recipes. There are so many more worthwhile recipes, and still a huge number that I would like to try.
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Great book with easy to follow recipes and everyday ingredients which is a huge plus for a busy mom of 2 on the go!Published 3 months ago by Kristy miller
Love, love, love this book. I've tried several of the recipes and, without exception, they all turned out great. Can't wait to try the rest.Published 4 months ago by Amazon Customer
Love this book! My daughter loves to help in the kitchen and now she passes by the processed junk at the stores and says... ours is better mommy! Read morePublished 6 months ago by Amy Chubak
This is a fantastic book, especially if you have some cooking experience. All the recipes come with weight measurements, not just volume measurements, so you can be assured your... Read morePublished 11 months ago by Anna Liu
I enjoyed the "How to's" very much and will find them useful, but what I really liked was the tips and information given before each recipe.Published 11 months ago by Amazon Customer
I love this book! Great pictures - easy to follow recipes with lots of pictures!Published 12 months ago by Tricia Kolsto
Gives good ideas to reduce ready made buying. Used several recipes and ideas right away.Published 14 months ago by Lorna Zelinsky
calorie count missing and everything is full fat and calorie. nothing I will ever usePublished 17 months ago by alice filipchuk
This has been a cookbook that has grown with us as we continue to make many homemade staples. We refer to it often. I think it is worth having on one's shelf.Published 18 months ago by Nan