The Homemade Pantry

101 Foods You Can Stop Buying & Start Making

Chernila, Alana

(Book - 2012)
Average Rating: 3.5 stars out of 5.
The Homemade Pantry
"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.
Publisher: New York : Clarkson Potter/Publishers, c2012.
Edition: 1st ed.
ISBN: 9780307887269
Characteristics: 287 p. :,col. ill. ;,26 cm.


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Nov 01, 2013
  • ashleysears rated this: 2 stars out of 5.

I like her little write ups before each recipe, and the pictures are lovely. Even the size and weight of the book is nice. And it does make you think about all the items that you do buy, that are really crap - but your still feeding it to your kids - WHY! Poptarts are too much work to make, well maybe that is a good thing, we shouldnt be eating them every day anyway - they are a once in a while treat - and homemade hand pies are a lot better then those dry crumbly things in the silver package. While I didn't find any new recipes in this book that I will use, someone that's starting out or rethinking about food, or reducing their grocery bill this book is worth a look.

I thought this was going to be gimmicky, but I've loved the recipes so far -- great granola, chicken nuggets, making your own mayo. I'm a working mom so I don't have time for all these recipes, but when I can cook whole foods from staple ingredients, this is where I would go. Loved it, and bought myself a copy!

Jul 31, 2013
  • Katiesun rated this: 5 stars out of 5.

This book was excellent! It has full color photos of many of the recipes and fun stories about what inspired the recipe and why it was special. My family eats the "off the shelf" version of many of the things in the book and I was very excited to find a way to make healthier, tastier versions at home. Her granola recipe was *the best* I have ever made! I will certainly want to add this book to my cookbook collection.

Jul 09, 2013
  • smichal rated this: 0.5 stars out of 5.

This book is not what I expected. Very hippie-ish with lots of photos of the author's kiddies. Maybe if I was not working full time I would have time to make everything from scratch as described (grow your own potatoes, make your own mayonnaise, crackers, pasta, bread, vanilla extract, granola bars, mozzarella cheese, etc.).

Oct 01, 2012
  • Christena2933 rated this: 5 stars out of 5.

I love this book. It has all kinds of recipes that are practical and can be made at home. It has everything from cheese to instant oatmeal and the recipes are easy to follow. I am buying this book because I think I will continue to use it often.

Jul 07, 2012
  • dfpoz rated this: 5 stars out of 5.

I'm always looking for more creative ways to be frugal & creative, as well as adapt ideas to fit my family's needs. This combined all of those elements! It is another potential home library reference for the future.

Jun 18, 2012
  • Dreneen rated this: 4 stars out of 5.

Good collection of recipes/techniques for stuff we usually just buy--think I'll buy this one.


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