Urban Pantry: Tips & Recipes for a Thrifty, Sustainable & Seasonal Kitchen Paperback – Apr 15 2010
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Urban Pantry holds sustainability at its center: Take advantage of local ingredients, eliminate wasteful kitchen practices, and make the most out of the food you buy or grow.
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When I picked up this book, I expected more information on running a sustainable, economic kitchen and fewer (if any) recipes. Apart from the initial chapter, "stocking the pantry," the book can't quite decide which genre to fall into. Despite tips on buying and cooking everything from grains to nuts to yogurt, I found "Urban Pantry" ultimately unsatisfying.
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So far, I've tried the berry syrup, cracker recipe (best!), and am working on the ginger beer. I have been cooking for a long time, and still learned a lot from this book. I have pretty much every ingredient the recipes call for in my pantry, which make the recipes extremely accessible. The pictures are beautiful, and overall the entire reading experience inspiring. You too, can preserve in small batches, make your own crackers and sodapop at home, all without spending a million years and a million dollars doing it!
I am a new stay at home mom and we are on a real tight budget, $200.00 every other week for a family of five. I decided to base our grocery list this pay day off of her recipes mainly for two weeks. We spent 190.00 total at Costco for the basics, PCC for a few extras, and our family sized box from our CSA that we receive weekly. We've been eating like kings, and organic none the less! The recipes are so simple yet have that little extra something special. I just made the perfect roast chicken tonight and my husband asked me to marry him...again! Maybe that recipe should be renamed "love bird" or "proposal chicken", no kidding.
I am looking forward to trying EVERY recipe and taking up canning for the first time, and next spring planting a back porch garden all with my new BFF. This book has been so inspirational. I also live in Seattle and my front porch view is dumpsters and a parking lot. I used to think I couldn't wait to have a real yard, but now I can see there's no reason to wait to plant a garden. I used to think my "two butt" kitchen wasn't big enough for canning but, now I can't wait for small batch preserving.
Amy makes the most daunting tasks simple and savvy. Her words are inviting and friendly. Her tips and advice are smart and timely.
I own MANY cook books and just this one speaks to my soul.
I just subscribed to edibleSEATTLE because I heard she's a contributer because, I as well can't wait for her next book.
Beyond the cover, I thought the author did a great job of keeping it personal with great suggestions, stories and few ingredient recipes. The recipes seem classic, but with a twist to keep the recipe, economical, local, and beautiful. I started out with the cracker recipe, and I HIGHLY recommend that one. I'm no baker, and these turned out so delicious, I want to share them with everyone I know. Next I tried the super easy Carrot-Coconut Milk Soup. So, simple, so delicious, and so easy!
Additionally, the photos are great. You wish you could lick the page.
Normally, I wait until I've made several recipes out of a book before I review it, but this was just so lovely, I had to share it now. First of all the pictures of her pantry with all the food in jars totally won me over immediately. Put some polenta, or beans, or grains in jars and line them up in your pantry, and I am in love. Then take those simple, lovely ingredients and turn them into simple, lovely meals, I am yours forever.
She divides the book into chapters titled: Breakfast, Appetizers, Soups, Salads & Side Dishes, Main Courses, Garnishes Vinaigrettes & Sauces, Pantry Staples, Pickles & Preserves, and Desserts. Picking just one recipe from each chapter:
*White Bean & Preserved Lemon Salad
*Over Easy Tomatoes with Polenta
*Homemade Bread Crumbs
*Boozy Blood Orange Marmalade
*Vanilla Quinoa Pudding
And there is lots more! Really, I've marked practically the whole book to make. The vanilla quinoa pudding is next on my list. I was trying to decide last night, what I could quickly make, so that I would have at least tried one of the recipes. I settled on Quick Pickled Chiles, because I love all pickles and because I had just picked some peppers from my garden. These were quick, simple, and a nice spicy garnish for a simple fish dish.