I have a new
toy cookbook. The Homemade Pantry, by Alana Chernila, and the her blog, Eating From The Ground Up, were mentioned on another blog I follow. Alana and I share similar philosophies about food. Her blog post called Easy really hit home with me and I agree that I don’t cook at home because it’s easy.
When I cook (mostly) from scratch, I can control the ingredients, which means it doesn’t include lots of chemicals and other things I can’t pronounce or spell. I can use organic ingredients as much as possible and purchase items from local stores and farms that I want to support, instead of a big-box retailer.
Most things I cook wouldn’t be considered difficult, but aren’t in the category of 30-minutes or less, super fast or extremely easy. But, I’d venture a guess that they taste better than packaged meals and are healthier.
Various people have put together stories about how they’ve cooked their way through a particular cookbook. There’s Julie & Julia, where a woman cooked through one of Julia Child’s cookbooks. There’s Alinea at Home, where she’s cooking her way through the massive Alinea cookbook. I can’t even comprehend that. But, I can see myself working through The Homemade Pantry and sharing my experiences with you. Hopefully I can inspire you to make something from scratch, too.