You can't say that The Perfect Pantry doesn't try to keep you entertained! There are so many great movies where food plays a part that we had to split the list in two. Get ready to start searching; most are available on Netflix or Amazon Prime, but for some of the older films, you'll have to hit the library. Today, food-related flicks up to the year 2000. (See our list of films since the year 2000 here.) How many have you seen? Which ones are new to you? Did we forget any? Babette's Feast Dinner Rush Mostly Martha Like Water for Chocolate Le Grande Bouffe Tampopo Eat Drink Man Woman Chocolat My Dinner with Andre Toast Who is Killing the Great Chefs of Europe? Willy... Read more →


Serial introduced me to podcasts. On one weekend drive to New York City, my husband Ted and I binge-listened to the entire first season. I wanted more. Debbie Millman's Design Matters podcast kept me hooked; I even watched a telecast of her podcast. I wanted more. Public television brought us Julia Child, and public radio brought us The Splendid Table, hosted by Lynn Rossetto Kasper, more than 20 years ago and still going strong. They also brought us Radiolab, one of my granddaughter's delightful addictions. I never listened to food podcasts very much until I met Janice and Liz, the Meal Makeover Moms, and discovered their great podcast. Now I enjoy listening to my friend Jane's This Week for Dinner, which features interviews with food... Read more →


Happy Saturday! Let's talk about films that have food as a key player, or a supporting actor, or a setting or a prop. In the comments below, please share your favorites, old or new, funny or weird, popular or obscure. Documentaries or mockumentaries. Films for children or adults (but please, no adult films). Babette's Feast? Ratatouille? Chef (my current favorite; I've watched it at least half a dozen times)? Big Night (I've probably watched this one a dozen times.)? Dinner Rush? Mostly Martha? Like Water for Chocolate? Bottle Shock? La Grande Bouffe? Tampopo? Next up, on my to-see list: The Lunchbox. What's on your list? I'll publish a big list of food movies from all of your suggestions. Thanks! Read more →


First published in 2012, this updated collection of great asparagus recipes now includes recipes from the past four years that are more than worthy of a place on any "best of" list. Once upon a time, I had a friend named Mary who ate only the tips of asparagus. I've always been more of a stem gal, so we were the perfect dinner companions. I thought our friendship might last forever, but as things turned out, asparagus preferences weren't enough to keep us together. Just as well, actually, as I've come to love every bit of the asparagus, and now I'd be reluctant to behead all of my spears for the sake of friendship. Asparagus season here in New England lasts for only six or... Read more →


Change: like or dislike? I love change. In the eleven months since The Perfect Pantry moved to smaller urban digs from a large space at the log house, I've made a few changes. The Downsizing forced me to consider every ingredient in the pantry -- would it come with us, or would it go -- and easier access to markets in my new neighborhood gave me options I didn't have before. A few of the ingredients I've been using lately have achieved "official" status as part of The Perfect Pantry, and I wanted to share those with you. And because change is good, I've also made a few changes here on the blog. Greek seasoning has become my go-to spice for everything from salad dressing... Read more →


Every January for the past nine years, I've asked readers of The Perfect Pantry to think about how we all might do more to end hunger, and specifically childhood hunger, in the months ahead. This year, things are different. No, we have not solved the problem of hunger for the more than 16 million children in this country who don't get the food they need to grow and thrive. In fact, in this presidential election year, we're not talking very much about children, or nutrition, or education, or seniors or poverty or food deserts or school lunch programs or GMOs or healthy meals for families. Sadly, we're not talking loudly enough about the epidemic of gun violence, either, and how it might relate to childhood... Read more →


In a world gone ever so slightly mad recently, we wish you all the happys of the season: happy turkey, happy stuffing, happy over-the-top side dishes, happy leftovers, happy football watching, happy football playing, happy playing in fallen leaves, happy building new memories, happy quiet moments for reading, happy sharing with neighbors. Happy Thanksgiving, from our new home in the city to your home. Read more →