The Homemade Pantry by Alana Chernila

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The minute I opened The Homemade Pantry (Clarkson Potter), I realized I’d found my younger soul sister in cooking.
-Gourmet Live

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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.
  


From the Trade Paperback edition.
 

About Alana Chernila

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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.
 
Published April 3, 2012 by Clarkson Potter. 288 pages
Genres: Education & Reference, Cooking. Non-fiction
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Gourmet Live

Excellent
Reviewed by Kemp Minifie on Apr 03 2012

The minute I opened The Homemade Pantry (Clarkson Potter), I realized I’d found my younger soul sister in cooking.

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Reviewed by Sybil Pratt

Alana's instructions are thorough and she's added problem-solving, "tense moment" tips and handy storage advice.

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Tea & Cookies

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Reviewed by Tara Weaver on Apr 26 2012

There are lovely stories and gorgeous photos that will inspire you to head into the kitchen and whip up what you may have always purchased.

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