My pantry by Alice Waters

Alice Waters newest book is My Pantry. She wrote the book with her daughter Fanny Singer who also illustrated the book. This is a look into her home pantry and what she makes and keeps on hand. Staples that she keeps on hand to throw together a quick meal. I really enjoyed the book and having the chance to see what she eats at home. The book will give home cooks lots of opportunity to learn to make new things at home.

The book is divided into eight sections:
Spice mixtures and condiments
Nuts
Beans and Other Legumes
Savory Preserves
Whole Grains
Preserved Fish and Meat
Cheese
Sweet Preserves

I really like the wide variety of recipes that are offered and I’m not sure what I want to make first. The nut, cheese and whole grain chapters will most likely be my starting place.

I received this book from the Blogging for books program in exchange for an honest review.

Olympia Provisions

Olympia Provisions is an American charcuterie textbook/cookbook. It is filled with very basic to very advanced meats. It is a good book to start out with for those interested in preservation at home. It is split between their salumeria and their restaurants. It is a large heavy book with beautiful photography.

I wasn’t quite sure what to expect from the book when I selected it. They split the charcuterie into six sections and the restaurant recipes into four.

In the charcuterie section there are:

Slow cooked meats

Pate and Forcemeat

Fresh sausage

The Smokehouse

Dry cured meats

Fermented dry cured meats

There are a lot of details in these recipes. I’m sure that they spent a considerable amount of time preparing them, not wanting to miss anything. With the proper equipment you could easily make any of their recipes with as detailed as they are.

There is a nice selection of recipes in the restaurant portion. Most featuring some type of meat. This is definitely not for vegetarians. It really is a great book that I can’t wait to spend some serious time with.

I received this book in exchange for an honest review from the Blogging for books program.