My Pantry: Homemade Ingredients That Make Simple Meals Special by Alice Waters

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  • Beef broth

    • Astrid5555 on October 05, 2015

      Even though this recipe is a minimum 7 hour project it is totally worth it. This was my first time roasting the bones in the oven before adding them to the other stock ingredients. The end result is an incredibly satisfying broth which improves every dish you add it to!

  • Lentil soup

    • KissTheCook on April 24, 2020

      All my lentil soups including this one benefit from freezing. This seems true of cooked dried beans as well.

    • mjes on February 04, 2019

      I'll admit that I needed a lentil soup, pretty much any Middle Eastern lentil soup. I chose this because it used green lentils and is a tried-and-true recipe. I like this soup very much because it has a mild flavor that works a variety of condiments. I topped the soup with labneh cheese and Sera mild pepper paste - my motive in making lentil soup. It was delicious.

    • deboChicago on February 29, 2020

      This was remarkably delicious. I usually throw everything but the kitchen sink in my lentil soup. This recipe was beautifully simple and the toasted ground spices sent the flavor into the stratosphere. Will certainly make it again.

  • Salt-preserved kumquats

    • bching on November 02, 2018

      Way too salty, and rinsing didn't help. I had to toss the whole batch.

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  • foodinjars.com

    It is a trip through Alice’s favorite homemade condiments, simple soups, preserved meats, sweet preserves, and simple cheeses. It’s like a peek into her fridge and cupboards...

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  • ISBN 10 080418528X
  • ISBN 13 9780804185288
  • Published Sep 15 2015
  • Format Hardcover
  • Page Count 144
  • Language English
  • Countries United States
  • Publisher Crown Publishing Group
  • Imprint Clarkson Potter

Publishers Text

In this sweet, petite collection of essays and recipes, Alice Waters showcases the simple building-block ingredients she uses to create gratifying, impromptu meals all year long.

In her most intimate and compelling cookbook yet, Alice invites readers to step not into the kitchen at Chez Panisse, but into her own, sharing how she shops, stores, and prepares the pantry staples and preserves that form the core of her daily meals. Ranging from essentials like homemade chicken stock, red wine vinegar, and tomato sauce to the unique artisanal provisions that embody Alice’s unadorned yet delightful cooking style, she shows how she injects even simple meals with nuanced flavor and seasonal touches year-round. From fresh cheeses to quick pickles to sweets and spirits, these often-used ingredients are, as she explains, the key to kitchen spontaneity when combined with simple grains, vegetables, and other staple items. With charming pen-and-ink illustrations by her daughter, Fanny, and Alice’s warm, inviting tone, the latest book from our most influential proponent of simple, organic cooking ensures a gracious, healthy meal is always within reach.



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