My Perfect Pantry

150 Easy Recipes from 50 Essential Ingredients

by Geoffrey Zakarian with Amy Stevenson and Margaret Zakarian

Chef, restaurateur, and Food Network Iron Chef Geoffrey Zakarian shows you how to use your pantry to jumpstart any meal.
 
Forget exotic condiments and specialty foods. With a working base of 50 readily available ingredients, from oats and honey to almonds and canned chickpeas, you will always have the makings of a delicious home-cooked meal. Whether cooking in his world-class restaurants, on Iron Chef, or judging the offerings on Chopped, Geoffrey knows every great meal starts with a trip to the pantry first for inspiration. And when you bring home your fresh produce and proteins, you’ll have 150 recipes at the ready, and many of these can be made with pantry ingredients alone. 
 
You’ll see a simple can of beans as a Smoky Black Bean Bisque or coconut milk as Spicy Coconut Tempura Shrimp. Standard back-of-the-cupboard fare like almonds become crispy crust on a broiled pork chop; peanut butter lends itself beautifully to a spicy slaw, cider vinegar gives great flavor to a chicken main as well as to donuts, and mustard transforms a a pot roast. Throughout, you’ll find quick but ingenious tips for each of the 50 ingredients, like how to use Earl Grey teabags to infuse ice cubes or a syrup for French toast.
 
The Perfect Pantry makes it so easy for your everyday staples to lead, rather than support, the creation of extraordinary meals. Geoffrey gives you the shopping list you need, as well as the road map for making the most of what you have on hand.


Recent Reviews

My Perfect Pantry

Theresa F

5 Stars

My Perfect Pantry is the latest cookbook by iron chef and Food Network star Geoffrey Zakarian.This is a unique cookbook organized around 50 different ingredients such as BBQ sauce, mustard, pasta, rice, tuna, and tomatoes. …

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My Perfect Pantry

Susan Loewen

4.5 Stars

Chef, restauranteur, and Food Network star Geoffrey Zakarian knows that the pantry is the backbone of the kitchen and the place from which every great meal starts.  In this books, he shows how you can easily and…

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My Perfect Pantry: A Cookbook Review

Michelle Morgan

5 Stars

My oh my, I cannot wait to have my own kitchen in less than 3 months! Thanks to Geoffrey Zakarian and his fantastic cookbook, My Perfect Pantry, my mouth is watering and I have the cooking bug. I am really impressed by this book. It has…

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My Perfect Pantry

Lisa Ogilbee

5 Stars

My Perfect Pantry by Geoffrey Zakarian is an awesome new cookbook.  He takes 50 different pantry ingredients and gives a number or recipes for each of them.  The list of ingredients will give you great ideas for what to stock in…

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Geoffrey Zakarian's My Perfect Pantry

Suzanne Schaffer

5 Stars

There are cookbooks and then there are cookbooks. I am fairly certain that I've never been as excited about a cookbook as I am this one. I've long enjoyed watching Geoffrey Zakarian on The Food Network, he's always seemed like…

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