{FSC SWAPPERS} The Homemade Pantry Book Event

{Yours Truly w/ Ms Alana Chernila, The Chef’s Shop, Book Launch, Saturday April 7th}

Now that we have found a permanent home for the Troy Food Swap, its time to get serious. Time is precious, so why not have the food swap incorporate events within the food swap event? Am I right? A two’fer, if you will. Well, its my intention to do just that! I can not wait to share all the future plans, but for now, to kick off these ‘event within an event’ I have an exciting announcement.

We are pleased to announce that blogger & cookbook Author, Alana Chernilawill be with us at Sunday’s Troy Food Swap for a book reading and book buying-n-signing. She will also be hanging around, talking food & food swaps, for the entire event!


Alana is the wonderful voice, recipe developer and photographer behind the blog, “Eating From the Ground Up“, the chronicle of her life with two children, a husband and the glorious (and many) successes that come out of her Great Barrington, MA kitchen. Her writing is strong and vibrant with honest-speak about the day to day grind of adult life. I’ve made many of her local & seasonable recipes (w/ needed food allergy adaptions when needed) including, Banana Oat Bars (kids car snack), Apple Celeriac Soup, and Potstickers (before Miles’ GF discovery – AMAZING!) Her blog is a treasure trove of great information & resources including  “kitchen music” mix tapes , mixes you can download for your listening, while baking & cooking, pleasure made by Alana and her husband Joey (nicest man I’ve ever met). She also has resources on great local farms, stores and organizations. Its a blog worth putting on your RSS Feed.

She now can add another title, cookbook author. Last week, her first book, The Homemade Pantry: 101 Foods You Can Stop Buying and Start Making was published by Random Houses’s Clarkson Potter imprint. Its the perfect book for food swappers & DIY Food Projects enthusiasts everywhere. She gathered 101 pantry staples, weeknight entrees, snacks and many other recipes together in one gorgeous book (the book was styled by none other than, Keri Chapin, author of The Handmade Marketplace: How to Sell Your Crafts Locally, Globally, and On Line). This is Keri w/ Alana below:

I felt like the book was written just for us food swappers, seriously. This book, and her blog, speaks to everything we do on FSC, at the food swaps, during our community outreach sessions and soon in the kitchens of FSC Academy. I am honored to have Alana with us on Sunday. I met her at her book launch last Saturday afternoon, and I can tell you without a doubt that Alana and her husband Joey are the nicest people- ever! They will fit right in with the FSC Swappers!!!

Down to earth, local & DIY foods passionate, smart, funny and knowledgeable, Alana is an important voice in the ‘from scratch’ “local seasonable food’ ;home cooking advocacy’ world with user-friendly recipes and ideas that anyone can accomplish. Her book is FILLED (its 287+ pages of beautiful- buy it just for the pictures alone!!!! GAH!!!) with amazing DIY food Projects and weeknight dinner ideas.

TICKET INFORMATION: The 50 food swap tickets are already sold out. That said, I have opened up 25 tickets for people who are swap-curious and who would like to hear Alana give a talk about her book, maybe buy a book and/or get their copy signed. These 25 ticket holders are welcome to hang out the entire swap, 4-6pm, to sample foods, chat it up, have a drink and hang out. Fun right?!

Sunday, April 15h
Oakwood Community Center
Food Swapper Tickets: SOLD OUT
Author Event/ Swap-Curious Tickets: 24 REMAIN
—> Snag your ‘Author Event/ Swap Curious’ Ticket here <—

…and don’t forget, we have our Saratoga Food Swap….

Wednesday, April 18th
Common Thread Saratoga
20 Tickets remain


Read about her launch party on her blog.
If you can’t make the event, find out about her other stops on her book tour.
The Homemade Pantry on Amazon (we will have books for sale at the event)
Lastly, here’s a great Q & A and a peek inside the book on The Recipe Club blog (Clarkson Potter)

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Categories: Cookbooks, Events, FSC Food Swaps, Homesteading/DIY


Finding her true calling, connecting people to their local foodshed, Christina is the Editor & Founder of From Scratch Club and a proud CSA Member & Market Crew member of Kilpatrick Family Farm. At the homestead, she is the Chef de Cuisine, Master Baker & Head Food Preservationist to her husband Charles and their 2 year old son, Miles Jae. Although always a supporter of local, sustainable, humane and whole foods, Chris is now on a serious mission to bring those principles into her kitchen due to Miles Jae’s multiple food allergy diagnosis, asthma and the rare disease, EE. All of her recipes are dairy, soy, tree nuts, peanuts, gluten/wheat, pea, corn & sesame free.

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14 Comments on “{FSC SWAPPERS} The Homemade Pantry Book Event”

  1. April 11, 2012 at 9:46 am #

    I wished I lived within driving distance of all your events. You guys are so cool.

  2. Ona
    April 11, 2012 at 10:29 am #

    I am so happy that I signed up for the Troy even a few weeks ago! This is just an added bonus – yippeee!

    Thank you so much for bringing people like this together – I am so looking forwarding to purchasing a book and getting it signed!

  3. millierossmankidd
    April 11, 2012 at 11:27 am #

    Hey, I found Kari first. :) So, so glad Alana is coming to Troy!

  4. April 11, 2012 at 11:37 am #

    I just read about this book in my Martha Stewart Living magazine last night!

  5. April 12, 2012 at 2:31 pm #

    Chris, YOU ROCK!! What a big deal this is!! I will be there!


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