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As people who love nothing more than peeping into our friend's linen closets and desk drawers to get a look at their systems (sorry? not sorry!) there is something deeply enjoyable and revelatory about knowing just what other people keep in their pantries. And though we consider Alice Waters to be one of our dearest friends (along with Julia Child, Marcella Hazan, and Edna Lewis) we don't make it by her house as often as we'd like to snoop around her shelves. Beautifully illustrated and full of recipes, advice, and copious sneak peeks into her medicine cabinet, this book is a wonder for all lovers of food and flavor. We know all about Alice Waters' commitment to fresh, seasonal, locally sourced, organic ingredients, but this book dives into something deeper-she says it best herself:
"A well-stocked pantry helps you think creatively about how to feed yourself, and anyone who happens to be with you, a thoughtfully prepared, flavorful, and wholesome meal, without expending very much time or effort. I've come to realize that it's the way I use my pantry, more than any individual ingredient, recipe, or technique, that defines my personal cooking aesthetic. And my pantry contains not just the staples you would expect, but the extra seasonings, condiments, and embellishments-for lack of a better term, the grace notes-that truly define my cooking and my home."