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The Homemade Pantry

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We know we should avoid processed foods, but that would mean giving up so many of our favorites. This cookbook takes a look at those supermarket staples we can't go without – potato chips, cheese, mayonnaise, toaster pastries – and teaches us how to make our own. The recipes are less time-consuming than we expected – and much lighter on our budgets than going to the store.

From the Publisher

Alana Chernila's The Homemade Pantry was born of the author's love for sharing recipes with her farmers' market customers, a desire to enjoy a happy cooking and eating life with her young family, and a tight budget. On a mission to kick their packaged-food habit, she learned that with a little determination, anything she could buy at the store could be made in her kitchen. Here are her very approachable recipes for 101 everyday staples, organized by supermarket aisle—from crackers to cheese, pesto to sauerkraut, and mayonnaise to toaster pastries. Whether you are trying a recipe for butter, potato chips, spice mixes, or ketchup, you will discover the magic and thrill that comes with the homemade pantry.


  • Author: Alana Chernila
  • Paperback: 288 pages
  • Dimensions: 7.5" x 1.1" x 10"
  • Publisher: Clarkson Potter, first edition (April 3, 2012)
  • ISBN–13: 978-0307887269