My Pantry

I don’t know about you, but I like food, and I really like cooking good food. So I often spend weekend afternoons reading cookbooks. I’m usually getting ideas, planning what I want to cook in my head, and daydreaming about the perfect pantry and kitchen set up. Yesterday was one of those days. After spending a lot of the weekend working on a webbish talk, I put it aside and dug into Alice Water’s latest book, My Pantry.

The highest praise I can give this book is that today for lunch I made a quick and easy pasta lunch from my pantry and inspired by Alice’s pantry recipes. I love a lot of her ideas, I’m not sure I’ll follow through and do the same things, but what I loved about this book was that it got me thinking about my pantry. What do I have to have in order to cook? What do I love to add for flavor to dishes I make? What would I like to add to my pantry to give things a bit of a boost?

This isn’t a huge cookbook and it was a great read for a rainy Sunday afternoon with football on in the background. If you love cooking or you want to think more about the basics that could make cooking more appealing to you, I recommend it.