Two things readers ask most often about The Perfect Pantry:
Is there a list of everything in your pantry? And, why haven't you written about... (black-eyed peas, fennel pollen, porcupine noses...)?
Yes, there is a list. I don't publish it, but I've written about each ingredient in my pantry, at least once.
To be included in The Perfect Pantry, an ingredient must be something I use to make other things, which rules out Fresca, which I always have in my refrigerator, and also porcupine noses, which I can't imagine anyone would like, as well as many more palatable things that simply don't appeal to me, like black-eyed peas and fennel pollen.
Also, the ingredient must be something I use in more than one way, or that I use in one way, but over and over again.
Buckwheat groats fall into that second category. My pantry, and my childhood, would be incomplete without it.