My Pantry

Homemade Ingredients That Make Simple Meals Your Own

by Alice Waters

In this sweet, petite 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.

Recent Reviews

my pantry

Sarah Colon

4.5 Stars

This is an adorable little book with very cute illustrations, I'm not sure that this book should really be called my pantry, there are a lot of recipes in this book and not really a canning book, it is broken up into spice mixtures and…

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My Pantry by Alice Waters, a review

Brenda Nuland

4 Stars

This is, for the most part, a great book for those wanting to keep a pantry and make their own items for the pantry.  The book is by Alice Waters, whom I have long admired for the way she helped change how America looked at…

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MY PANTRY is going to become a staple in my kitchen!

Suzanne Anderson

5 Stars

I picked up a copy of Alice Water's, MY…

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For the Love of Books

Rosemary Smith

4.5 Stars

In this diminutive book, Waters discusses the essentials she believes every good cook should have on hand, from preserves (sweet and savory), to oils, grains, spices, cheeses and nuts. There are simple directions for making spice rubs…

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Oh yes!

Gene Markovich

5 Stars

My Pantry! I owe a debt of gratitude to Alice Waters. She is the god of California cooking. She's the one who gave us goat…

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