Food pioneer, Alice Waters, invites us into her home and kitchen in her new upclose and personal cookbook, My Pantry: Homemade Ingredients That Make Simple Meals Your Own.
Readers are given insight into the food and philosophy of the woman behind the higly acclaimed Chez Panisse (which first opened in Berkeley in 1971) in what is billed to be an empowering guide targeted at a generation of new cooks. Starting with food shopping right down to how to organise the pantry staples and preserves, Waters shares her tips for empowering homecooks to create impromptu seasonal and healthy dishes.
Exploring 'the making of things', Waters teaches all the basics, like homemade chicken stock, red wine vinegar and tomato sauce feature, along with artisanal techniques for making fresh cheeses, pickles, spirits and more. The theory being that pantry staples can be made ahead and stored easily ready to combine easily with other ingredients in tasty ways.
Illustrated by her daughter, Fanny, with pen and ink illustrations, this 'petite collection of essays and recipes' should be a fitting addition to any foodies collection.
My Pantry: Homemade Ingredients Tham Make Simple Meals Your Own can be purchased through Amazon.