This book is chock full of ideas and recipes using foods that are probably already in your pantry and or root cellar Most are very simple There are also tips on how to stock a pantry. I went ahead and bought this book after checking it out from the library the highest accolade I can give a cookbook. The pantry is the heart of any kitchen, and its shelves hold the keys from fruit vinegars to soy sauce to olive oil for fast, flavorful dishes More thanrecipes show how to use hundreds of staples either in simple pantry only dishes, orcomplex dishes using fresh ingredients Line illustrations