This Is Exactly What You'll Find in a Recipe Developer's Pantry

There’s something to be said for keeping a well-stocked pantry. Having the right ingredients on hand makes it easier to stay healthy, experiment with new recipes, and avoid last-minute trips to the store. Few know this better than Jodi Moreno, a chef, recipe developer, and author of More With Less: Who Food Cooking Made Irresistibly Simple.

“I often come up with ideas for recipes just from looking through my pantry and spotting an ingredient I haven’t used in a while, or finding a little something in the spice rack that will give a soup that extra zing,” Moreno says in her new book. While you might think her pantry would be overflowing, she says keeps it a well edited: “An overly crowded pantry will mean more things get lost in the back of the cupboard, past their expiration date.”

In essence, the perfect pantry should contain an array of ingredients to inspire healthy cooking, not a place where unused, obscure spices and condiments gather dust. Here’s exactly what you’ll find in Jodi Moreno’s pantry, courtesy of her new cookbook.

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More with Less by Jodi Moreno; Reprinted in arrangement with Roost Books, an imprint of Shambhala Publications, Inc

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