The Art of the Pantry - The Art of the Larder

The Art of the Pantry: Save Time and Money with 150 Delicious Meals Using Everyday Ingredients by Claire Thomson was published in October of last year in the US, previously having been released as The Art of the Larder in the UK the month prior.  Personally, I prefer the word larder to pantry -  it is the anglophile in me. Larder or pantry, the books are identical with measurements given in weights and volume and both sporting the same lovely cover. 

Claire is the voice beyond the blog 5 O'Clock Apron who also  writes about cooking for children for the Guardian (we index Guardian recipes for our members). Currently, she is the 2017 family food ambassador for the National Trust and wrote the National Trust Family Cookbook last year as well. How does she do it all?

In The Art of the Pantry, Claire takes us through the essentials of preparing a good pantry. I am guilty of a bulging pantry where ingredients that find their way to the back of shelves die in the darkness with little dignity. I'm planning to take this book and redo my pantry when we move this summer. The waste and ineffectiveness will stop.

With a pantry that works for us and the additions of fresh produce and proteins, a good dinner is never an exercise in frustration. Nine chapters covering Pasta and Noodles, Pulses, Grains, Flours, Spices, Refrigerator and Freezer, Vegetables, Meat and Fish and Sweet Stuff, sets the stage for creative, budget-friendly meals. Each of the chapters includes "pantry basics" and then recipes for using those ingredients. 

With recipes such as Firecracker noodles, Sourdough soup, Pork chops with rhubarb, honey, ginger and hazelnuts, and Coconut fish tacos - your menus will be revitalized, and your pantry will be the star. Photographs are beautiful, the illustrations are lovely, and the wealth of 150 recipes make this a must have book.

Update 4/22. Our will give you a closer look inside this beautiful book. 

Special thanks to the publisher, Quadrille, for sharing this impressive and tasty cake recipe for our members to try now and for offering three copies of this title in our contest below. 

Marzipan and roasted nectarine cake
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I've always hated marzipan served as a thick slice between the Christmas cake and the layer of fondant icing. Chopped small and cooked in a cake batter, however, the marzipan here does something wonderful to the cake crumb, turning fudgy, sweet and unmistakably almondy.

Makes 1 x 8 1/2-INCH CAKE

  • 4 1/2 oz / 1/2 cup butter, softened, plus extra for greasing
  • 2 eggs, lightly beaten
  • 4 1/2 oz / just under 2/3 cup superfine sugar, plus an extra 2 tablespoons to toss and sprinkle
  • 4 1/2 oz / 1 cup all-purpose flour
  • 1 3/4 oz / 1/2 cup ground almonds
  • 1 teaspoon baking powder
  • a pinch of salt
  • 3 1/2 oz / 1/2 cup plain yogurt
  • 3 1/2 oz / about 1/3 cup marzipan, cold, finely chopped
  • 2 ripe nectarines, halved, pitted and sliced
  • confectioners' sugar, to dust

Preheat the oven to 375°F/gas mark 5. Grease an 8 1/2-inch springform cake tin and line with baking parchment.

Put all the ingredients apart from the marzipan, nectarines and confectioners' sugar into a food processor and pulse until smooth. Stir in the marzipan and spoon the batter into the prepared tin.

Toss the nectarine slices with 1 tablespoon sugar and lay them on top of the cake batter.

Sprinkle with 1 more tablespoon of sugar and bake for about 45 minutes, or until a skewer inserted into the middle comes out clean.

Leave the cake to cool in the tin for 10 minutes before removing, then peel off the parchment and slide the cake on to a plate. Dust lightly with confectioners' sugar before serving.

Recipe excerpted with permission from The Art of the Pantry by Claire Thomson, published by Quadrille October 2017, RRP $29.99 hardcover. Photo: Mike Lusmore

The publisher is offering three copies of this book to EYB Members in the US, UK, NZ and AU. One of the entry options is to answer the following question in the comments section of this blog post.

Which recipe in the index would you try first?

Please note that you must be logged into the Rafflecopter contest before posting or your entry won't be counted. For more information on this process, please see our step-by-step help post. Be sure to check your spam filters to receive our email notifications. Prizes can take up to 6 weeks to arrive from the publishers. If you are not already a Member, you can join at no cost. The contest ends at midnight on May 17th, 2018.


  • jmay42066  on  4/4/2018 at 4:33 PM

    Black bean and bacon soup with chop chop and sour cream

  • FireRunner2379  on  4/4/2018 at 4:40 PM

    I'd like to try the Arugula with cherries, quick pickled shallots and almonds and also the Banana pain perdu with cardamom and buttermilk!

  • v.t  on  4/4/2018 at 4:55 PM

    Oat and golden syrup tart - yum!

  • PiaOC  on  4/4/2018 at 5:04 PM

    For me the olive oil tortas sound tempting.

  • amyz218  on  4/4/2018 at 5:28 PM

    Fire Cracker Noodles for the win!

  • Amdona  on  4/4/2018 at 5:43 PM

    Bean chili with cinnamon and bay

  • readingtragic  on  4/4/2018 at 5:46 PM

    How can you not be seduced by a recipe that has"Quick fix" in the title - Quick Fix Miso Ramen? But the baked zucchini flowers sound good - I love stuffed zucchini flowers, but hate the mess of deep frying...

  • ravensfan  on  4/4/2018 at 6:39 PM

    Quick fix miso ramen

  • lauriesk  on  4/4/2018 at 6:50 PM

    Egg, turmeric and coconut curry

  • matag  on  4/4/2018 at 8:09 PM

    Pork, ricotta and lemon meatballs

  • ebs  on  4/4/2018 at 8:12 PM

    Brown porridge with coconut milk, brown sugar and cinnamon

  • rchesser  on  4/4/2018 at 8:20 PM

    Oat and golden syrup tart!

  • NancyLynn  on  4/4/2018 at 9:09 PM

    Malted banana and rye bread

  • horselady57  on  4/4/2018 at 10:23 PM

    Quick fix miso ramen! 😍

  • lpatterson412  on  4/4/2018 at 10:37 PM

    Spiced hot chocolate!!

  • DarcyVaughn  on  4/4/2018 at 10:50 PM

    Spaghetti with breadcrumbs, chili, fennel seeds and sardines

  • GillB  on  4/4/2018 at 11:29 PM

    Firecracker Noodles

  • Angryyew  on  4/5/2018 at 2:53 AM

    Tagliatelle with spinach and hazelnuts

  • TippyCanoe  on  4/5/2018 at 5:42 AM

    Lentils with green olives, celery leaf, mint and orange

  • Laura1  on  4/5/2018 at 5:56 AM

    Lentils and tiny pasta

  • JRumi  on  4/5/2018 at 6:50 AM

    Black bean and bacon soup

  • Sueskitchen  on  4/5/2018 at 7:58 AM

    firecracker noodles!

  • sarahawker  on  4/5/2018 at 10:12 AM

    Khao soi noodles

  • contest718  on  4/5/2018 at 1:26 PM

    White beans with Toulouse sausage, broccoli and garlic & Chijimi

  • kellyyyyp624  on  4/5/2018 at 1:55 PM

    The firecracker noodles; the ingredients list sounds like this one would be right up my alley!

  • kmn4  on  4/5/2018 at 3:39 PM

    Ginger soba noodles

  • ktwalla  on  4/5/2018 at 4:00 PM

    Firecracker Noodles

  • lgroom  on  4/5/2018 at 4:00 PM

    firecracker noodles

  • jd5761  on  4/5/2018 at 4:16 PM

    pork, ricotta and lemon meatballs for me every time

  • Scotsman61  on  4/6/2018 at 1:12 AM

    Pork, ricotta and lemon meatballs

  • lapsapchung  on  4/6/2018 at 8:03 AM

    Firecracker Noodles - with such a lovely name I couldn't resist it!

  • maisietoo  on  4/6/2018 at 3:37 PM

    Fire cracker noodles for me.

  • Lmocooks  on  4/6/2018 at 4:36 PM

    Banana pain perdu with cardamom and buttermilk

  • JamieLondonK  on  4/7/2018 at 9:38 AM

    Ginger Soba noodles would be the first recipe I’d try

  • Ishtar  on  4/7/2018 at 12:24 PM

    Shrimp baked with tomato and feta

  • Karla123  on  4/7/2018 at 3:51 PM

    Black bean and beetroot kind of burger--healthy and hearty!

  • infotrop  on  4/7/2018 at 4:09 PM

    Savoy cabbage with preserved lemon, dill and pine nut pesto sounds bright and light

  • Nancith  on  4/7/2018 at 5:56 PM

    Baked feta & sourdough with olives & oregano

  • Werepanda  on  4/8/2018 at 2:35 AM

    Butter bean paella!

  • kerrin1976  on  4/8/2018 at 4:44 AM

    Quick fix miso ramen

  • RSW  on  4/8/2018 at 9:53 AM

    Spaghetti with pecorino and black pepper

  • clairew137  on  4/8/2018 at 10:08 AM

    Bean chili with cinnamon and bay

  • sgump  on  4/8/2018 at 3:13 PM

    The sweet and sour pumpkin sounds nice!

  • mpdeb98  on  4/8/2018 at 4:56 PM

    Jerk chicken

  • AnneOther  on  4/8/2018 at 7:48 PM

    The recipe for cornbread with honey, brown butter and oregano sounds great; I'd totally make that first!

  • LaurenE  on  4/9/2018 at 11:14 AM

    Egg, turmeric and coconut curry

  • dmass  on  4/9/2018 at 11:32 AM

    Khao soi noodles because it is one of my favorite dishes to order when we eat out, and my husband's favorite.

  • ket06e  on  4/10/2018 at 7:45 AM

    Vegetarian Haleem

  • GregH  on  4/10/2018 at 5:45 PM

    Spelt and walnut cake

  • heyjude  on  4/10/2018 at 6:28 PM

    Sour Cherry and Pistachio Pilaf

  • verorenee  on  4/11/2018 at 3:25 PM

    Pappardelle with cream, radicchio and prosciutto

  • sugo  on  4/12/2018 at 7:27 PM

    Red lentils - a hummus of sorts

  • Teruska  on  4/13/2018 at 8:48 AM

    Black bean and beetroot burgers

  • Livia  on  4/14/2018 at 1:23 AM

    It has got to be the Baked feta and sourdough with olives and oregano :)

  • Mariarosa  on  4/14/2018 at 8:14 PM

    The Puglian mashed chickpeas with rosemary and black olives!

  • AnnaZed  on  4/14/2018 at 8:35 PM

    Spaghetti with breadcrumbs, chili, fennel seeds and sardines

  • rachael_mc  on  4/15/2018 at 6:26 PM

    Dried porcini with tomato, garlic and clams

  • tarae1204  on  4/17/2018 at 8:00 PM

    Many delicious and unusual looking items. I would try the preserved oranges and lemons.

  • robynsanyal  on  4/18/2018 at 1:32 PM

    Quick fix miso ramen

  • WCchopper  on  4/19/2018 at 8:47 AM

    Ooh quick fix miso ramen!

  • t.t  on  4/20/2018 at 8:54 PM

    Khao soi noodles

  • EmilyR  on  4/23/2018 at 12:28 PM

    Firecracker noddles

  • Siegal  on  4/24/2018 at 11:38 AM

    Firecracker noodles sounds amazing

  • aldebaran  on  4/26/2018 at 3:48 AM

    Pork chops with rhubarb, honey & ginger sound delicious!

  • mjes  on  4/26/2018 at 4:22 AM

    Ginger soba noodles

  • shellee  on  4/26/2018 at 6:11 AM

    Dried beans cooked under oil and water with sage sounds different and yummy!

  • LABeachGal  on  4/26/2018 at 9:12 PM

    Jerk Chicken sounds delicious!

  • demomcook  on  4/27/2018 at 7:59 PM

    Ginger Soba Noodles

  • Katiefayhutson  on  4/27/2018 at 9:50 PM

    Firecracker noodles

  • sequoia55  on  4/28/2018 at 1:02 AM

    Khao soi noodles

  • Dannausc  on  4/28/2018 at 5:58 AM

    Firecracker noodles

  • chimpbob  on  4/28/2018 at 9:00 AM

    Jerk chicken

  • Julia  on  4/28/2018 at 11:21 AM

    Pork chops with rhubarb, honey and ginger

  • gypsymagic  on  4/28/2018 at 2:30 PM

    Haleem - but without the meat

  • Curlyfatkins  on  4/29/2018 at 2:50 PM

    White beans with Toulouse sausage, broccoli and garlic

  • Sfgordon  on  4/29/2018 at 4:12 PM

    Butter bean paella

  • thewoobdog  on  4/30/2018 at 1:30 PM

    I want to try Lentils with green olives, celery leaf, mint and orange - I love all those things!

  • sfgirluk  on  4/30/2018 at 2:14 PM

    Miso - always miso.

  • sywcindy  on  5/1/2018 at 3:17 AM

    South East Asian stir-fried barley with chicken and cashew nuts

  • ccav  on  5/1/2018 at 9:41 AM

    Butter bean paella sounds good!

  • nancycg56  on  5/1/2018 at 10:35 AM

    Firecracker Noodles are right up my alley!

  • motherofpearl81  on  5/1/2018 at 11:39 AM

    Firecracker noddles

  • jillrowe  on  5/1/2018 at 11:04 PM

    Turkish eggs with yogurt, dill and brown butter - my pantry needs this book

  • SallyCristina  on  5/3/2018 at 7:23 PM

    Firecracker noddles

  • orchidlady01  on  5/3/2018 at 11:41 PM

    Spiced filo pumpkin pie

  • copycath2018  on  5/4/2018 at 6:57 AM

    Spaghetti with breadcrumbs, chili, fennel seeds and sardines

  • michalow  on  5/4/2018 at 6:57 PM

    Lentils with green olives, celery leaf, mint and orange, because I have all those things on hand right now -- and isn't that the point?

  • Shelley.b  on  5/6/2018 at 8:39 PM

    Spiced filo pumpkin pie

  • Radley  on  5/7/2018 at 2:23 AM

    Harry's Bar Sandwich

  • cake17uk  on  5/8/2018 at 1:47 AM

    Halloumi saganaki - love Halloumi, and this would be a different way to serve it

  • KarenDel  on  5/8/2018 at 1:36 PM

    Haleem - but without the meat

  • auntietina  on  5/9/2018 at 1:34 AM

    Khao soi noodles.

  • lena46  on  5/9/2018 at 1:57 PM

    Spiced hot chocolate

  • artthecat  on  5/9/2018 at 3:41 PM

    Firecracker noodles!

  • Breeze81  on  5/11/2018 at 9:03 AM

    I love the sound of the oat and golden syrup tart. Delicious.

  • TRACY007  on  5/11/2018 at 1:35 PM

    Pappardelle with cream, radicchio and prosciutto sounds delicious.

  • mrsrlc  on  5/11/2018 at 6:54 PM

    Fire Cracker Noodles

  • Hannah88  on  5/12/2018 at 12:36 AM

    I'd love to try Oat and golden syrup tart ❤️

  • MumofMags  on  5/12/2018 at 1:20 AM

    It would have to be firecracker noodles

  • Vecta2  on  5/12/2018 at 4:41 AM

    Spiced hot chocolate

  • jessiecomp  on  5/12/2018 at 6:23 AM

    The Fire Cracker Noodles sound right up my street!

  • deanfromuk  on  5/12/2018 at 4:08 PM

    For me firecracker noodles, ate something similar before and loved it

  • ruthwollerton  on  5/12/2018 at 5:05 PM

    Fire cracker noodles would FIRE me up with yumminess. Thanks xxx

  • catmommy9  on  5/13/2018 at 7:08 PM

    Lentils and tiny pasta. My husband loves lentils.

  • Betsy775  on  5/14/2018 at 7:56 PM

    The lentils with green olives and celery

  • jthelwell  on  5/17/2018 at 2:15 PM

    Lentils with green olives, celery leaf, mint and orange (page 52)

  • JP  on  5/17/2018 at 5:32 PM

    Portuguese molasses cake

  • littleminxgirl  on  5/17/2018 at 11:21 PM

    Oh gosh so many options.. maybe the Portuguese molasses cake, just because I've never heard of it before

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