Book Review – The Homemade Pantry

There are not a ton of books I feel like I have to own, well that is kind of a lie, I would love to have shelving ceiling to floor in every room to hold all the cookbooks and craft books my heart desires, but that is not practical, so I usually check them out from the library, peruse and enjoy them while I have them. Don’t get me wrong I own a lot of books but usually ones I find at a yard sale or some other inexpensive venue.  I sometimes will seek out a book of interest but if I have to pay more than a dollar for a book I cringe a bit.  I am sure some of you will not understand that but understand I have A LOT of interests and if I bought and kept all the books for all my interest my children would have to find a new home.  So I only buy a book for a few reasons.

1. it is a fictional book and I can read it and resell it.
2. it is a non-fictional story I can read it and resell it
3. this book is full of information I may want to refer to on a weekly basis.

So the book I am going to share with you fits number 3.  This book is chock full of homemade goodness but on a level where I think everyone could do this, yes folks even me. =)

When I first see a book of interest I look at a few things to let me know it is a good value, is it a good size book, are the pages full of color pictures and is the content going to be useful to me on a daily or weekly basis.  The answer to all of those questions is a resounding YES!!!!

What is this book I speak of you,  you ask?  I am talking about The Homemade Pantry.  I found her blog too Eating From the Ground Up.  The book though is full of some wonderful recipes that when you go from eating processed packaged food to eating real food you might miss but now you don’t have to.  Let me tell you we have already made the Jelly/Jam to fill the Homemade Toaster Pastries and both recipes are amazing.  What I love is that the ideas are there but you say you already have a pie crust recipe you already love you can just follow the directions but use your own pie crust and such.

Here is a quote from Amazon to give you an idea of what is in her book:

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. 

I love that as I am reading her book there are anecdotes about her daily life and processes, real life real cooking issues and real solutions to make attempting these recipes fun and rather simple.

Today we are making Instant Oatmeal.  We love oatmeal but it would be nice to have it ready to go for those days we are rushing out the door.

Trust me if you like real food you will love this book and all the recipes that fill it to the brim.

For me this book offers recipes I will use, my hope is that I get to try them ALL. =)

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