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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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StirThePot, April 15, 2012 (view all comments by StirThePot)
So far I've only read chapter 1 and tried the chai tea recipe. Her writing style is very accessible and will be appealing to youngish moms who can relate. I am only interested in the food so photos and descriptions of her married life don't interest me. To each her own!

Anyway, the chai tea... Ingredients like cinnamon sticks and cardamom are not all that cheap, so I was expecting a really mind-blowing tea as a result. Instead, it tasted very similar to an orange cinnamon spice tea that you can buy from Tazo or others. The process itself was simple enough and the tea was good, but I didn't get much of the cardamom taste even with using 5 pods. Next time will toast them first and add a few extra.

In the spirit of the thing, be willing to try and fail and try again. She's got the right attitude and I hope people will buy her book and rediscover the joys of cooking.
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101 Foods You Can Stop Buying and Start Making
Chernila, Alana
Clarkson Potter
Natural Foods
Cooking and Food-US General
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"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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