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91 of 91 people found the following review helpful
A great addition to my Cookbook Library 7 May 2010
By Cookbook Connisseur - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Paperback
I have a huge bookshelf full of cookbooks. In fact, I will not allow myself to purchase cookbooks anymore, because I do not have any room to store them. That being said, 'Urban Pantry', which I just acquired, is so worth the small amount of space it takes up! Every single recipe is one that I will try, which is saying a lot--usually I take only 1 or 2 recipes away from a cookbook this size. The author writes in a voice that makes you feel like she's right there in the kitchen with you--and her words are practical and fun.
So far, I've tried the berry syrup, cracker recipe (best!), and am working on the ginger beer. I have been cooking for a long time, and still learned a lot from this book. I have pretty much every ingredient the recipes call for in my pantry, which make the recipes extremely accessible. The pictures are beautiful, and overall the entire reading experience inspiring. You too, can preserve in small batches, make your own crackers and sodapop at home, all without spending a million years and a million dollars doing it!
Highly recommended!
69 of 69 people found the following review helpful
My New BFF 29 July 2010
By Ellie - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Paperback Verified Purchase
When I first saw the title I knew I had to have it. Urban Pantry, Thrifty, Sustainable, Seasonal? Amy's words spoke right to me.

I am a new stay at home mom and we are on a real tight budget, $200.00 every other week for a family of five. I decided to base our grocery list this pay day off of her recipes mainly for two weeks. We spent 190.00 total at Costco for the basics, PCC for a few extras, and our family sized box from our CSA that we receive weekly. We've been eating like kings, and organic none the less! The recipes are so simple yet have that little extra something special. I just made the perfect roast chicken tonight and my husband asked me to marry him...again! Maybe that recipe should be renamed "love bird" or "proposal chicken", no kidding.

I am looking forward to trying EVERY recipe and taking up canning for the first time, and next spring planting a back porch garden all with my new BFF. This book has been so inspirational. I also live in Seattle and my front porch view is dumpsters and a parking lot. I used to think I couldn't wait to have a real yard, but now I can see there's no reason to wait to plant a garden. I used to think my "two butt" kitchen wasn't big enough for canning but, now I can't wait for small batch preserving.

Amy makes the most daunting tasks simple and savvy. Her words are inviting and friendly. Her tips and advice are smart and timely.

I own MANY cook books and just this one speaks to my soul.

I just subscribed to edibleSEATTLE because I heard she's a contributer because, I as well can't wait for her next book.
50 of 50 people found the following review helpful
Only 5 dozen? 7 May 2010
By S. Jones - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Paperback
What a great cookbook! I knew from the cover of this book, that it was going to be a good one. I know, I know, "don't judge a book by it's cover." Glass jars of polenta and beet greens, these are a few of my favorite things. And I'm now planning to add open shelves in my kitchen.

Beyond the cover, I thought the author did a great job of keeping it personal with great suggestions, stories and few ingredient recipes. The recipes seem classic, but with a twist to keep the recipe, economical, local, and beautiful. I started out with the cracker recipe, and I HIGHLY recommend that one. I'm no baker, and these turned out so delicious, I want to share them with everyone I know. Next I tried the super easy Carrot-Coconut Milk Soup. So, simple, so delicious, and so easy!
27 of 29 people found the following review helpful
Great chioces for a busy mom 8 May 2010
By Stacy Ann Bartholomew - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Paperback Verified Purchase
I am very happy I stumbled on Urban Pantry. Being a mom of 5, getting different menu ideas together that evryone loves is hard BUT Urban Pantry by Amy Pennington has solved that hindrance. I made the milk-braised pork and they actually all liked it - I was shocked! Amy Penington shows you how to cook great food wonderfully.
Additionally, the photos are great. You wish you could lick the page.
15 of 16 people found the following review helpful
Simple, Lovely Recipes 9 Oct. 2010
By P. Greer - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Paperback Verified Purchase
I have 155 cookbooks. No, I'm not some crazy fanatic who counts her cookbooks. I'm a crazy fanatic who keeps all of her cookbooks in her virtual library on Goodreads. I have seriously cut back on my cookbook buying, so when I do get a new cookbook, I expect a lot from it. Amy Pennington's Urban Pantry: Tips and Recipes for a Thrifty, Sustainable and Seasonal Kitchenwas everything I hoped it would be and more.

Normally, I wait until I've made several recipes out of a book before I review it, but this was just so lovely, I had to share it now. First of all the pictures of her pantry with all the food in jars totally won me over immediately. Put some polenta, or beans, or grains in jars and line them up in your pantry, and I am in love. Then take those simple, lovely ingredients and turn them into simple, lovely meals, I am yours forever.

She divides the book into chapters titled: Breakfast, Appetizers, Soups, Salads & Side Dishes, Main Courses, Garnishes Vinaigrettes & Sauces, Pantry Staples, Pickles & Preserves, and Desserts. Picking just one recipe from each chapter:

*Hippie Hotcakes
*Onion-Thyme Tart
*Herbal Minestrone
*White Bean & Preserved Lemon Salad
*Over Easy Tomatoes with Polenta
*Steeping Fruit
*Homemade Bread Crumbs
*Boozy Blood Orange Marmalade
*Vanilla Quinoa Pudding

And there is lots more! Really, I've marked practically the whole book to make. The vanilla quinoa pudding is next on my list. I was trying to decide last night, what I could quickly make, so that I would have at least tried one of the recipes. I settled on Quick Pickled Chiles, because I love all pickles and because I had just picked some peppers from my garden. These were quick, simple, and a nice spicy garnish for a simple fish dish.
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