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The Homemade Pantry: 101 Foods You Can Stop Buying and Start Making

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ISBN13: 9780307887269
ISBN10: 030788726x
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“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.

Review:

"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

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"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

Review:

"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

Review:

"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

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"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

Review:

"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

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.

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sydney.ann.randall, August 8, 2012 (view all comments by sydney.ann.randall)
I am so excited that this book exists. Making foods myself instead of buying them is something I have been trying to do more of and this book has encouraged me to do this even more!
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ChristinaR, August 4, 2012 (view all comments by ChristinaR)
This is the cookbook I have been searching for for years. I read it cover to cover, and it has changed the way I think about preparing food. I have long considered myself to be a pantry cook, rather sheepishly at that, but it never occured to me that I could make all (or most) of the ingredients that I use from scratch. It made me rethink what it means to be a pantry cook. I find it very useful to know how long each of the recipes will keep. The images and the anecdotes in this book are very thoughtful. I highly recommend this book to anyone who is concerned about where their food comes from,and I think many people will find it an easy guide to start making everyday items from scratch, or to maybe just pick up a few new recipes.
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Janna Mauldin Heiner, August 4, 2012 (view all comments by Janna Mauldin Heiner)
Beautifully photographed, each recipe introduced by an evocative description of how it came into, or how it fits into, Chernila's life, _The Homemade Pantry: 101 Foods You Can Stop Buying And Start Making_ is delicious from the cover to the last page. The recipes are preceded by a lively introduction that explains why Chernila makes things from scratch, and each individual recipe is introduced with a personal essay, well-written and evocative, of how that recipe fits into her and her family’s life. Unlike some similar books that leave a reader feeling she has to be a total purist or forget the whole thing, Chernila allows for all kinds of entry into her make-it-yourself world, from peeks through the kitchen door to full-on participation. There are no “shoulds” in this book; not even a hint of preachery about the horror of processed food, or the danger of genetically altered vegetables, or the ecological brutality of buying food if you didn’t watch it grow. She basically says, “You can make this yourself, if you want to. Or not.” Though clearly a purist herself, she never gives the impression that there is only one way to do anything.

Everything in The Homemade Pantry is written to be understood by even inexperienced cooks. It’s utterly non-intimidating. Some of the recipes aren’t the most elementary, either; but they all are made to seem completely doable. They use readily attainable ingredients and there are explanations of those few which might not be found in the average pantry (along with substitutions). And with regard to cost, Chernila is straightforward: Some recipes will save you money. Some won't; but may be worth making for the pleasure, the flavor, or the fact that they are healthier than the ones you'd buy.

My mother-in-law is an old-school frugal mom of a large family (12 kids) who has not purchased bread, milk, or eggs in years and bottles her own fruits, vegetables, and meats (all home-grown). She leafed through this book at my house and *bought herself a copy*. That’s a dang good recommendation for a cookbook.
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Product Details

ISBN:
9780307887269
Subtitle:
101 Foods You Can Stop Buying and Start Making
Author:
Chernila, Alana
Publisher:
Clarkson Potter
Subject:
Natural Foods
Subject:
Cooking and Food-US General
Edition Description:
Trade paper
Publication Date:
20120403
Binding:
Paperback
Language:
English
Pages:
288
Dimensions:
10.02 x 7.5 x 1.1 in 2.3 lb

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Product details 288 pages Clarkson Potter - English 9780307887269 Reviews:
"Review" by , "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."
"Review" by , "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."
"Review" by , "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."
"Review" by , "The Homemade Pantry is an important, beautiful work that can change the way people approach their food lives."
"Review" by , "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."
"Review" by , "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."
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