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My Pantry: Homemade Ingredients That Make Simple Meals Your Own: A Cookbook (Hardcover)
A pantry, says Waters, “encourages the best kind of impromptu cooking. A well-stocked pantry helps you think creatively about how to feed yourself, and anyone who happens to be with you, a thoughtfully prepared, flavorful, and wholesome meal, without expending very much time or effort. I’ve come to realize that it’s the way I use my pantry, more than any individual ingredient, recipe, or technique, that defines my personal cooking aesthetic.”
With simple recipes and insightful commentary on all aspects of her kitchen supplies – and featuring illustrations by her daughter, Fanny – Water’s new book provides an inside look at the tools of a master at work.— Matt, Longfellow Books
In this 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.
About the Author
ALICE WATERS is the executive chef, founder, and owner of Chez Panisse Restaurant and Café in Berkeley, California. She founded the Edible Schoolyard, is Vice President of Slow Food International, the recipient of three James Beard Awards, and the author of twelve books. Her most recent books are the bestsellers The Art of Simple Food II, 40 Years of Chez Panisse, and In the Green Kitchen. She lives in Berkeley, California.