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Fancy Pantry Paperback – May, 1986

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A pantry, in Witty's view, expands a cook's horizons by allowing for storage of homemade fare that is relatively free of additives and preservatives and made at far below the cost of specialty foods at gourmet groceries. That many modern homes have no pantry, or the space to build one, should be no deterrent; the author (Mrs. Witty's Monster Cookies, etc.) suggests conversion of any cool closet, a few spare shelves, a niche in a stairwell, or a kitchen corner where a lazy-susan arrangement could be installed. Once the pantry is at hand, cooks can turn their attention to the "putting up" of Witty's own delicacies (over 250 recipes are offered here). Gradually, "pantrying" can result in shelves stocked with potted meats, pates, pickles, catsups, mustards, relishes, sauces and such kickshaws as chestnuts in Cointreau syrup; almond, orange and ginger rusks; peanut noodles, sugared and spiced nuts, and fruited cordials. Illustrations not seen by PW. 57,000 first printing; first serial to Family Circle; BOMC/Cooking & Crafts Club main selection; author tour.
Copyright 1986 Reed Business Information, Inc.
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Product Details

  • Paperback: 352 pages
  • Publisher: Workman Pub Co; First Edition edition (May 1986)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 089480037X
  • ISBN-13: 978-0894800375
  • Product Dimensions: 1 x 6.8 x 9.8 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 2 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (27 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #220,366 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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I figure if I find one really outstanding recipe in a book it has paid for itself. This book, and the revised Good Stuff, has recipe after recipe that are really flavorful and preserved safely. Many preserving books from the US and abroad do not follow approved methods, or have no preserving directions. Helen Witty does. The Red Pepper Jam-with red bell peppers and jalapenos is stellar. I make cases of it every year. There's such a variety and number of recipes; you can use it for years.
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If I could have one cookbook back after our house burned down, this would be it. The Melon Moons recipe was our all time favorite pickle. We used most of the cherry recipes to preserve the abundance from our trees. The unique and exquisite recipes and precise directions make this the best book on canning, preserving, as well as endless other condiments, pate`s and wonderful things for the pantry that ever existed.
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I cannot understand in the least why this fabulous book is out of print. If my house were burning down and I could only rescue one book--cookbook or otherwise--this would be it. Simply reading the book was as enjoyable as reading a novel; I just couldn't put it down. It brought to mind a time when food tasted better; in stark contrast to today's dull and insipid microwaved swill.
"Fancy Pantry" has something for everyone--whether you prefer the homey or the gourmet, the sweet, the savory, or the spicy--you won't be disappointed. From the Devil's Own Peanuts (I used almonds) to Mushroom Stock, to making your own candied ginger, this book cannot fail to please. The Sugar and Spiced Nuts were an absolute hit and I cannot wait to try the recipe for making Chinese frying oil which combines ginger, garlic, and scallion. My mouth waters as I anticipate making Nesselrode Pudding in all Witty's wonderful variations.
Thanks to this book, I won't have to shop for presents anymore. As it is, I have people constantly asking for the recipes--and I am shameless enough to take all the credit. ;-)
God bless Helen Witty.
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This is an absolutely terrific book for Christmas-time cooking. A fruitcake recipe that makes fruitcake-haters ask for seconds, plus beautiful and delicious nibbles and sauces. Unusual items that are fun to make and make great gifts too.
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I agree with all who raved over this book. I originally bought it for my mother and loved it myself so I wound up getting a 2nd copy for me as well. Every recipe and technigue described is clear and easy to follow. Even seasoned cooks, like my mother, carry this one around like a bible.
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This is a wonderful book that has so many tempting recipes and practical advice on everything from finding storage space and setting up a pantry to properly storing and preserving foods. I am just a beginner in canning and preserving, and I find the instructions to be so easy and thorough. Flavored vinegars, cooking oils, Wimpy's hamburger relish, and mushroom ketchup (it's not what you may think!) are just some of the tasty recipes you'll find in this book. I found this book at a local used bookstore and paid only $8.00 for a hardcover in new condition, including the dust jacket. I don't think it was even cracked open, what a shame! Since this book is out of print, it is worth it to check out used bookstores or garage sales in your area, you may be able to find a great deal. I enjoy this book and one of her other titles, Better Than Store-Bought, so much I've purchased one extra copy of each to give as gifts.
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I see the price of this book has gone way up. It is actually worth it too but I purchased it in first run as a part of a book club in 1986. Practically got it free. I am so stoked about that because it is one of the best book of recipes ever. From the Cherry Cordial to the Potted Meats.. no disappointments whatsoever. I learned to make my own fruit vinegars (saves a ton of money), chocolate sauce the old fashioned way, nuts and nibbles... always a pantry of delicious treats on hand. If you are interested in food preparation at all, purchase this book. Fancy Pantry
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I just received my $5 used copy of this book less than a week ago and I've already made 3 recipes from it and they've all turned out perfectly. I just recently started canning and only because I desperately wanted to make the most gingery ginger cookies of all time. The recipe required ginger jam and I couldn't find any. I found a recipe though and it was credited back to this book. After the jam and the cookies turned out to be spectacular, I bought the book for myself. I have since made the blueberry and raspberry jam and they are amazing and easy!
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