Over the years the contents of my pantry have changed dramatically as I've slowly moved away from processed foods and started making everything from scratch. It's a small, but organized space that contains a little bit of everything, but I'm always looking for new sources of inspiration. Since I've always been the curious type I love it when my favorite authors and bloggers give me a peak into their lives and their pantries. I find these brief glimpses fascinating and often draw a large amount of inspiration from them.
I remember mentioning a while back that the recent influx of cookbooks from Chez Panisse alumni were one of my guilty pleasures. These talented chefs have a lot of valuable lessons to pass on, so I was incredibly excited when I heard Alice Waters (the founder of Chez Panisse) was releasing a new cookbook called My Pantry: Homemade Ingredients That Make Simple Meals Your Own. It's a pint-sized collection of recipes for her favorite pantry staples and include a number of valuable tips for reducing waste in the kitchen while at the same time getting the most out of your kitchen scraps.
It's always been a personal goal of mine to learn to use every last scrap to its fullest potential and this book has given me a number of tips to help me reach this goal. I've never quite been sure what to do with the mound of apple peels and cores I face after making 50 pints of applesauce or the huge bag of peach pits that are currently taking up valuable real estate in my freezer. Instead of composting my leftovers I could be making apple peel cider vinegar (page 24) from my leftover apples or noyau extract (page 32) from my peach kernels. Of course some of the recipes in this book are more practical than others, but I really enjoy the variety Alice's latest book has to offer.
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This book was sent to me for review by Pam Krauss Books through the Blogging for Books program. As always, all opinions are my own.