Monday, October 31, 2016

Homemade Pantry by Alana Chernila

The title of this book intrigued me. I personally love making items from scratch and I know I'm not alone on that. Obviously, or there wouldn't be a book about it! But really I'm speaking about you, dear reader. So I  read and wrote this review with you in mind.

First of all, it wasn't exactly what I was expecting. That doesn't mean it's bad. It's just not what I was expecting. I was thinking the recipes would be more in line with scratch cooking like Ma Ingalls would have done but in reality it's modern food scratch cooking. There's recipes for chicken nuggets, fish sticks, macaroni and cheese, and marshmallows just to give you an idea of what I mean. If you eat convience foods it is well worth your time to cook those items from scratch. They would no longer be convient foods as genuine cooking takes time but the gain of health benefits and the lack of erasing something well known and loved from your diet is worth the sacrifice of time.

The book is divided into 11 aisles, eh, I mean chapters. Yes they do refer to the chapters as Aisle 1, Aisle 2, etc. Great word play! The Aisles are •dairy •cereals and snacks •canned fruits, vegetables, and beans •condiments, spices, and spreads, •soups •baking needs and mixes •frozen foods •pasta and sauce •breads and crackers •drinks and •candy and sweet treats. There's a little something for everyone. The photography is lovely. Alana and her family are pictured working around the kitchen, coming in from milking the goat, and even walking though a field enjoying a beverage.

Alana has a spunky attitude and shares plenty of stories about her journey into homemade cooking. Speaking of homemade, homemade usually means better for you. That is and isn't the case with Alana's book. The food is definitely better for you in the sense that it doesn't have additives or red dye but the food is also not better for you in the sense that some recipes have canola or hydrogenated oils listed. This is simple to fix, while cooking just substitute your preferred oil in place of the called for oil. Alana does use a couple of curse words so if you're sensitive about language you'll want to take note of that. There are also recipes to alcholic beverages. Again, if that bothers you you'll want to take note. I learned new things like how to not burn the bottom of the pan using a piece of ice. That trick comes in handy when cooking yogurt (recipe in the book). I did try out some recipes without suffering any issues. The book is thick and printed on well quality paper so it should stand up kitchen abuse.

I recieved a complimentary copy. My opinions I have provided are my own.

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