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Thursday, April 12, 2012

The Homemade Pantry Cookbook Review

I am so excited to share with you my new favorite cookbook, The Homemade Pantry by Alana Chernila.
“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.

My Opinion
I have really been on a mission since my children were born to make healthier, organic and homemade food for them! Sometimes, I fail or get lazy, but with this new cookbook, The Homemade Pantry, I almost have no excuses anymore!

The Homemade Pantry has so many amazing recipes for almost anything you can think of that you buy at the store! I learned so many things as I looked through this book and I can't wait to make so many more homemade versions of food we love to buy at the store. This will save us a lot of money, it allows me to make any food item organically and will give me peace of mind of what I am feeding my children - because I will know every ingredient that goes into it!

If you are looking to make more homemade food in your house or save money at the grocery store, then you have got to go check out The Homemade Pantry! It has so many amazing recipes in it and you will be really surprised by how easy it is to make homemade food you never thought you could!

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* Thank you to Random House for their book for review! Disclosure - This book was given for review for my honest opinion. No other compensation was given.*


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