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A blog by the staff of the Thomas Ford Memorial Library

50 Great Cookbooks at Thomas Ford – Week 48

Instead of homemade cookies, you could give homemade pickles, crackers, or salsa this Christmas.

The Homemade Pantry: 101 Foods You Can Stop Buying & Start Making by Alana Chernila (641.5 CHE)

What kind of cookbook is it?
Isn’t everything you make from scratch better than store-bought? Most of us would agree to a point, but we would rather still buy some common items such as condiments, crackers, or stock for soup. Alana Chernila thinks we should rethink and go farther in our efforts to eliminate boxed and canned foods. In The Homemade Pantry, she provides recipes for 101 foods in 11 categories that you can make yourself. No more boxed mac and cheese or canned cranberry sauce.

Is this cookbook easy to use?
Making everything from scratch is harder than just buying, of course, but using the book is easy. Chernila arranges her easy to follow recipes in 11 categories, such as “dairy,” “cereals and snacks,” and “condiments, spices, and spreads.” You may need to get a few appliances and gadgets, such as a yogurt maker and a tortilla press.

Can you easily buy the ingredients for the recipes?
Yes, the ingredient should be easy to find in season, especially in a metropolitan area.

What is special about this cookbook?
The cheery advocacy for self-reliance is what sets this attractive book apart from many cookbooks. Chernila asserts that the homemade staples are better for you, taste better, cost less, save wasteful packaging, and change your relationship with food.

What are your favorite recipes from this cookbook?
These look awfully good to me:
Granola (page 47)
Salsa (page 107)
Hummus (page 119)
Cheese crackers (page 231)

Review by Rick

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This entry was posted on December 2, 2012 by in 50 Great Cookbooks, Book Review, Cooking, Non-Fiction.
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