The Complete Modern Pantry

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Flexibility is the core of pantry cooking–when every cook needs to improvise. The Complete Modern Pantry captures the ethos of true pantry cooking with a unique approach: clear blueprints for building simple dishes (brothy vegetable soup, one-pot pasta, Thai-inspired curry) combined with hundreds of flavor combinations and improv ideas that leave you plenty of room to play (and use up what you have on hand).

What you'll find inside:

Almost-Instant Miso Ramen

A blueprint for improvising with the tangly noodle brick, which is the perfect blank canvas for pantry creativity. Options range from simple scallions, ginger, and miso, to pork and kimchi, and mayonnaise—to create and rich-tasting broth that we embellish with shiitakes mushrooms and bok choy.

No-Bake Apple Crisp

You don’t need a bag of apples to make this autumnal dessert, just two. And you don’t need to turn on the oven, as the cooking happens in the microwave—in just 15 minutes! A great example of creatively utilizing your pantry to produce a warm dessert in just a few minutes.

Empty-Your-Pantry-Vegetable Soup

This blueprint for improvising a vegetable soup is designed to help you use up whatever ingredients you have on hand—vegetables (in the crisper, cupboard, or freezer), plus extra grains. Learn to build flavor in your broth based on what you have—for instance, wine, soy sauce, dried mushrooms, and/or a cheese rind (Parmesan or Pecorino).

Anytime Vegetable Hash

A great way to use up all kinds of vegetables, and meats too. This flexible recipe accommodates potatoes, carrots, celery root, turnips, radishes, and beets. And lets you season with sausage, eggs, smoked fish, cheese, or herbs. We give several specific flavor combinations to follow or use the Pantry Improv box and get inspired by what’s in your pantry.

What you'll find inside:

  • Tortilla Soup
  • Easy Canned White Beans and Sun-Dried Tomato Soup
  • Almost-Instant Miso Ramen
  • Quick Two-Bean Chili with Tequila and Lime
  • Pasta with Caramelized Onions, Pecorino Romano, and Black Pepper
  • Simple (Any) Meat Sauce
  • Instant Mashed Potato Gnocchi with Browned Butter–Caper Sauce
  • Spicy Peanut Rice-Noodle Bowl
  • Skillet Strata with Bacon and Scallions
  • Crispy Breaded Garlicky Chicken Cutlets
  • Cheese Soufflé
  • Panko-Crusted Tofu with Cabbage Salad
  • Savory Dutch Baby with Prosciutto and Honey
  • Quick Cheese Bread with Bacon, Onion, and Gruyère
  • Chocolate Soda Bread
  • Tahini-Banana Snack Cake

Recipes: 350+
Format: Softcover
Pages: 384
Item Number: CQ47
Item Weight: 1.5 pounds

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More about The Complete Modern Pantry:

A Pantry Is More than Canned Beans

Expand your pantry horizons with recipes such as Butternut Squash and Spinach Galette, Frozen Veggie Frittata, and Bottom-of-the-Box Pasta (go ahead, mix together bow ties and rigatoni).

Recipes Focus on What the Ingredients Do, Not Just What They Are

Because no two pantries are the same, every recipe gives you ideas for simple swaps. Trade bread crumbs for toasted nuts when you just need something crunchy to finish a dish, and sub soy sauce for Worcestershire for that umami boost.

This Book Adapts to Your Pantry

Instead of calling for a finite list of ingredients, we encourage thinking in categories (such as grains, noodles, umami condiments, or root vegetables) and write recipes accordingly. With 6-10 ways to vary every recipe, you'll become a test cook in your own kitchen.