The Homemade Pantry: 101 Foods You Can Stop Buying and Start Making by Alana Chernila.
Last week I wrote about Make the Bread, Buy the Butter, and lamented that the book wasn’t what I wanted it to be. When I read it, I didn’t realize that I wanted it to be The Homemade Pantry, which is a fabulous guide to taking foods that you’d normally buy, and making them at home.
If you already make most of your own food and rarely buy anything processed, the book may not give you lots of new information. I found the level of cooking and baking expertise fit well for my skills and interest level, as did most of the included recipes. I do a lot of cooking and baking, and I’m no kitchen novice, but I do still purchase many things that I could make at home.
One of my favorite aspects of the book is the encouraging tone. It all seems quite manageable, and she has me thinking seriously about tackling some new projects. There are stories to accompany what seemed like every recipe, and the pictures are lovely and plentiful.