Synopses & Reviews
This is the book that seeks to answer the eternal question: "What am I supposed to eat?" Here the chef and writer Noah Galuten, host of the charmingly self-deprecating YouTube series "Don't Panic Pantry," serves up convenient, healthily delicious, mostly vegetarian comfort food, teaching you how to prepare meals and snacks you're genuinely excited to eat.
As the world changes around us, we are constantly vacillating between two different versions of ourselves: the one who wants to be healthier and the one who wants to be excited, or comforted, by the food that we eat. We all want to eat "better," but what does that mean? This book is here to say: Don't panic.
Don't panic about learning how to cook; or environmental sustainability; or nutrition. Don't panic about what to make for breakfast or dinner or midnight snacks, because Noah Galuten has your back In Noah's kitchen, trying really matters, perfection is overrated, and better is good enough. Noah gives you the tools to create kitchen staples and vegetable-and-bean-centric dishes (with just a little meat too) that will become the beloved, simple, everyday meals you will make over and over in your home.
Here are recipes for a "Chef Salad" with Cheddar Croutons and Probiotic Ranch; and three different versions of broccoli pasta (vegetarian, pescatarian or with rosemary-infused sausage) that you will put on weekly rotation. There are recipes for Noah's Instagram-famous Krauty Beans; a 30-second Vegan Tahini Dressing that will become your new favorite dip; a Miso Roast Chicken with Vegetables that you can prep in advance and leave in the fridge for several hours, or even a day, that makes dinner for your entire family using a single sheet pan. But there's also--for when you really need it--the fresh herbed panko-crusted Mozzarella Marinara that made Galuten's famously funny wife, comedian Iliza Shlesinger, break down in grateful tears. Here are your pantry staples for the future, to help you make cooking at home the tastier, more convenient, don't panic option.
You're excited, all revved up about the new dish you want to cook. You've seen a recipe by a famous chef and you cannot wait to make it. Tonight's the night. After studying the recipe, you go to your pantry. Oh, no! Where is anything? It's time to panic. But, wait, I have the solution, or should I say Noah Galuten has the problem solved. Run out and buy his terrific The Don't Panic Pantry Cookbook and your kitchen skills will jump off the plate. After reading Noah's book, when six people walk into your home unannounced, you'll be able to confidently say, Let me make you dinner! — maybe Gruyere, Leek and Swiss Chard Pie or Chicken Milanesa — and what a good dinner it will be." Chef Nancy Silverton, author of The Mozza Cookbook and Chi Spacca
"Thrillingly practical and forward-thinking. The Don't Panic Pantry Cookbook is brimming with useful information and appealing, everyday recipes." Lukas Volger, author of Snacks for Dinner and Start Simple
"Don't Panic Pantry!!! My friend Noah Galuten has made a good cookbook. I mean, really good. Creative, cravable and healthy recipes that you'll want to cook and eat every day." Chef Jeremy Fox, author of On Vegetables
"Noah Galuten has a distinct perspective on how to approach cooking at home: you should be focused but not take yourself too seriously. Noah is one of those people who goes to the farmers market, fills up on whatever inspires him, heads back to his kitchen to make a plan. . . but is not afraid to freestyle in the moment. I am certain that the book that you have in your hands will be as joyful to use as the memories you will make with your friends and loved ones while cooking from it." Chef Nyesha Arrington
About the Author
Noah Galuten is a chef, James Beard Award-nominated cookbook author, and host of YouTube cooking show, Don't Panic Pantry. He currently lives in Los Angeles with his wife, daughter and small dog.