My Perfect Pantry: 150 Easy Recipes from 50 Essential Ingredients by Geoffrey ZakarianChef, restaurateur, and Food Network Iron Chef Geoffrey Zakarian knows that the pantry is the backbone of any kitchen and the place from which every great meal starts.
Forget exotic condiments and specialty foods. With a working base of 50 readily available ingredients, from oats and honey to almonds and canned chickpeas, you will always have the makings of a delicious home-cooked meal. Whether cooking in his world-class restaurants, on Iron Chef, or judging the offerings on Chopped, Geoffrey knows every great meal starts with a trip to the pantry first for inspiration. In The Perfect Pantry, Geoffrey shows you how to use your pantry to jumpstart any meal. When you bring home your fresh produce and proteins, you’ll have 150 recipes at the ready, and many of these can be made with pantry ingredients alone.
You’ll see a simple can of beans as a Smoky Black Bean Bisque or coconut milk as Spicy Coconut Tempura Shrimp. Standard back-of-the-cupboard fare like almonds become crispy crust on a broiled pork chop; peanut butter lends itself beautifully to a spicy slaw, cider vinegar gives great flavor to a chicken main as well as to donuts, and mustard transforms a a pot roast. Throughout, you’ll find quick but ingenious tips for each of the 50 ingredients, like how to use Earl Grey teabags to infuse ice cubes or a syrup for French toast.
The Perfect Pantry makes it so easy for your everyday staples to lead, rather than support, the creation of extraordinary meals. Geoffrey gives you the shopping list you need, as well as the road map for making the most of what you have on hand.
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To his frittata loving, foodie fanbase, Geoffrey Zakarian is the mild-mannered Food Network personality and regular morning talk-show expert chef. Pushing 60, and with three young kids, Zakarian is only getting stronger. In fact Zakarian's only age tell may be his music genre flowing through his gym's soundsystem. I just can't really listen to today's music. Zakarian is all about balance — like balancing on a Bosu ball, which helps him physically prepare for those long hours of standing, bending, twisting, trying to satisfy the meal masses that fill his restaurant each night. Zakarian and his trainer focus a lot of their work on core stabilzation exercises. It's all about dynamic work.
Tweet Community Email. In his newest cookbook, My Perfect Pantry , he pulls out 50 everyday kitchen staples you might have pegged as one-trick ponies and shows surprising new ways to use them. He took some time to chat with us about the book, his best kitchen hacks and his philosophy on food. Weight Watchers: Why did you write a book focusing on the pantry? Having a well-stocked pantry is the key to cooking simple meals because then, when you go to the grocery store, all you need to buy are vegetables and a protein. GZ: First of all, accept the fact that you need to invest in great tools — pots, pans, knives — to get the job done right. Many people forget that.
For Easter, the Zakarians are Team Ham all the way. GZ carves the ham right on a cutting board. Choose one with a channel, which helps catch juices and prevent spills. Vegetable sides served family-style are bright and full of fresh spring flavors. The sides are light, colorful, and seasonal; GZ elevates the standard Easter peas and carrots and adds a delicious roasted—Jerusalem artichokes dish to the mix. Instead of using one massive floral arrangement, Margaret scatters small, loose bouquets along the runner, which makes it easier to talk across the table. Margaret has mastered the look of a laid-back, elegant table.