Let's face it, there's nothing particularly inspiring about opening kitchen cupboards stacked with the week's supermarket shop. Personally, I yearn for the luxury of a walk-in pantry just like my grandmother's: a place of intrigue and wonder, full of promise and possibility. This isn't just nostalgia: a well-stocked pantry makes us think about food in a new light.
The pantry is definitely making a comeback as interest in healthy, organic eating grows. It is essential to making the most of your crop if you have a vegetable garden or an allotment. If you don't, Bob Flowerdew's The Gourmet Gardener (Kyle Cathie £19.99) is bound to inspire you to grow, preserve and store your own organic vegetables, fruits and herbs, and thus transform your pantry into your own convenient, cost-effective mini supermarket.
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