“One question that drives me absolutely crazy is, “What are the five things I should have in my pantry?” I say, “You don’t want five things; you want 150 things. And then once you have those things and know how to use them, it becomes second nature, and you do use them. “What are the five things I need to have in my pantry?” is the wrong question. You should be asking yourself, “What are the kinds of cuisines I like? Do I like Thai or do I like Mexican? Do I like both? Do I like really unusual foods that I didn’t grow up with, or do I like the stuff I grew up with?” Then you start building those flavor profiles in your pantry. It’s easy enough, and you do it over time. The whole definition of a pantry is that it’s stuff that doesn’t go bad. You don’t need to go out and spend $500 on 100 new things.”
4 of my favorite tips for getting home-cooked meals on the table in even the busiest lives, over on Bon Appetit. Photo by Alex Lau.