Building a Pantry
We're in those August weeks where there's still some summer to be had, but preparing for the school year is right around the corner.
Like the new year, this can be a time to assess things, and maybe set some goals. If you have a goal to make more of your food at home, there are many books that can help you toward that end.
Make the Bread, Buy the Butter: What You Should and Shouldn’t Cook from Scratch is the book that came about when Jennifer Reese lost her job. In this situation, she decided to start making some of the things that she had previously bought for convenience. Sometimes, she wondered whether her efforts were actually saving her money. In this book, you can find out which homemade items were money-saving winners and which weren’t. This isn't simply a book of recipes, but you get a sense of Reese's family and the impact of her experiment on them.
If this sort of thing appeals to you, you might take a look at Homemade Pantry: 101 Foods You Can Stop Buying & Start Making. Alana Chernila’s book, also, was born of a tight budget. She’ll show you how to make things that, maybe, you never considered making before like ketchup, sauerkraut, potato chips or spice mixes.
If you’re attracted to economy in the kitchen, you might like An Everlasting Meal: Cooking with Economy and Grace. This book is a bit more philosophical than the other two. Here, Tamar Alder will point out (or remind you of) things that can add some efficiency to your efforts to create more of your meals in your own kitchen.