Urban Pantry (Google eBook)

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Skipstone, Jun 1, 2011 - 177 pages
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* Timely recession-proof tips for getting the most out of your pantry and produce * Great gift for home cooks, gardeners, and canners * Focuses on small-batch preserving for home owners and apartment dwellers Urban Pantry is a smart, concise guide to creating a full and delicious larder in your own home. It covers kitchen essentials, like what basics to keep on hand for quick, tasty meals without a trip to the store, and features recipes that adapt old-fashioned pantry cooking for a modern audience. Avid chef and gardener Amy Pennington demystifies canning and pickling for the urban kitchen and provides tips for growing a practical food garden in even the smallest of spaces. Her more than sixty creative recipes blend both gourmet and classic flavors while keeping economy in mind, and include: Whole Grain Bread Indian-Pickled Carrots Herbal Minestrone Apricot Chickpea Salad White Bean &Lemon Salad Over Easy with Tomato & Chocolate-Buttermilk Cake Toasted Almond Crackers Potato Gratin with Cashew Cream Walnut & Chicken Fig & Batidos Milk-Braised Pork Shoulder with Sage Rhubarb Jam Boozy Blood Orange Marmalade Urban Pantry holds sustainability at its center: Take advantage of local ingredients, eliminate wasteful kitchen practices, and make the most out of the food you buy or grow.
  

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I love this book. Amy's advice is sensible and realistic, and her writing style is friendly. Maybe my cooking style is suited to Amy's, but I found that her recommendations as to pantry staples were really helpful - I actually use the stuff she mentions so I don't feel guilty about things sitting on a shelf. This book would be great for people who want to cut down on eating out without compromising on quality meals and without having to spend hours every day in the kitchen. However, to make the most of the recipes requires a little bit of a commitment to forward planning, which may seem hard at first but is ultimately rewarding. 

Contents

stocking the pantry
17
kitchen economy
41
whole grains
55
beans peas
69
cooking with eggs
85
nuts
99
milk yogurt
115
smallbatch preserving
131
the pantry garden
161
index
173
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