• Amy Chaplin's Pantry •
In a time where every day brings a new trendy "healthy" ingredient, we rely on experts like Amy Chaplin to remind us everyone has her own path toward wellbeing. Amy’s the author of At Home in the Whole Food Kitchen, a James Beard-award winning cookbook and one of our all-time favorite cookbooks here at pineapple. From seaweeds to oils & grains, she explains the benefits of nourishing ingredients while showing you exactly how to use them. Plus it’s the perfect companion to the farmers market as each of her recipes follows the seasons. Her food style is minimal, beautiful and keeping the environment in mind--she swears by composting at home. Our dreams came true when we peeked into her pantry where there is no shortage of seasonal produce, fermented goods of all kinds, sea vegetables, nuts and spices.
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"My food and cooking is inspired by nature and what’s available locally. The more I learn about the healing benefits of whole food ingredients the more I want to cook and eat them. My kitchen style is extremely messy when I’m cooking on the fly or creating a new recipe but I also love it to feel minimal and organized whenever possible. Fresh flowers, tea and local produce always make me want to spend the day in the kitchen.
Nature is always my biggest source of inspiration along with eating other peoples food. I love seeing what people create cooking with what’s on hand. Also being in Australia in my mother’s kitchen or my father’s garden.
markets & shopping
Shopping at local farms and the farmers market is my favorite way to collect ingredients. I love to let nature and the seasons dictate meals and just get what looks good. I also love a good well stocked co-op or health food store for organic bulk spices, grains and beans that have a high turnover and don’t feel like they’ve been hanging around long.
Organic almonds from Massa Organic
Coconut butter by Cap beauty
Chia seeds by Navitas
Heirloom beans and lentils by Rancho Gordo
GOOD OLIVE OIL! and coconut oil
Celtic sea salt and flaky sea salt
Kombu--Maine coast sea vegetables
And a huge tea selection from Rishi Tea and Botanicals
I definitely didn’t start obsessively collecting cookbooks until well into my cooking career. My mother taught me to cook, along with her friends and the community I grew up in. I love so many cook books! Here’s a few:
Nigel Slater books- all of them
To Sum it Up:
pantry item she can't live without: Does tea count? Sencha tea from Rishi Tea and Botanicals
One or two items that are always in her fridge: Kraut and greens of all kinds
her go to inspiration cookbook: At the moment and for the last while: Six Seasons by Joshua McFadden
her most trusted kitchen tool: My knife
5 adjectives that describe her pantry style: Abundant, nourishing, whole and natural, overstocked/overflowing, organic, lots of basics peppered with some more exotic/rare superfoods
her all time favorite market: Union Square Greenmarket on a Wednesday or super early on Saturday morning
a woman she pines for: Yeong Kwan--her food and style of cooking is an inspiration.
her favorite music to jam out to in the kitchen: Lately the birds outside my upstate kitchen. It’s so nice to hear nature whilst cooking!
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