In the Pantry – Catherine’s blog which includes “musings on place, domestic and interior monologues, and news from home and farm.”

Gibbs Smith, Publisher – Publisher of The Pantry—Its History and Modern Uses, among many design books and other genres.

Old-House Interiors – A bimonthly magazine of period-inspired home design.

The Toadstool – A wonderful independent bookstore, in operation for over 30 years, with three locations in the Monadnock region of southwestern New Hampshire.

Favorite Places

Gibson House Museum – The Gibson House is a Victorian time capsule in Boston’s Back Bay. Built in 1860, the five-floor town house was preserved with its interior and contents intact. Its butler’s pantry appears in The Pantry—Its History and Modern Uses.

Lehman’s – One of the best reasons to visit Holmes County, Ohio—apart from the world’s largest Amish community—and a place to buy many items for kitchen, pantry, or off-the-grid living.

Malabar Farm – Lois Bromfield, a famous novelist and agriculturalist in his day, inspired a generation to return to the land, including Catherine’s maternal grandparents who bought their New Hampshire farm in 1946. Bromfield’s farm estate is preserved in a rural valley outside of Mansfield, Ohio.

Penn’s StoreSince 1850, Penn Store, located in Gravel Switch, Kentucky has remained the oldest country store operated by the same family in the United States. Present owner Jeanne Penn Lane organizes the Kentucky Writer’s Day and The Great Outhouse Blowout each year.

Red Chair – Antiques and casual comforts for the home. Located in the delightful small town of Peterborough, New Hampshire.

Sabbathday Lake Shaker Museum – Three Shakers continue the work of the United Society of Shakers at their Sabbathday Lake, Maine complex and farm, part of which is open to the public. Several of their pantries—not open to the public—appear in The Pantry—Its History and Modern Uses.

Shaker Village of Pleasant Hill – One of the many reasons to visit the beautiful state of Kentucky includes a tour of this extensive former Shaker community and the fine Southern cooking served at the inn on the premises.

Stan Hywet Hall & Gardens – Stan Hywet Hall & Gardens is a National Historic Landmark built in Akron, Ohio in 1916. The Tudor Revival estate, with its contents intact, has operated as a house museum since 1957. Its several pantries appear in The Pantry—Its History and Modern Uses.


The Bread of Life Café – Operated by the Galilean Children’s Home near Liberty, Kentucky, this café serves up home-cooked food and a Southern-style buffet. Also visit Nolt’s Bulk Foods (a great place for pantry provisions) and other Amish and Mennonite attractions in the gently rolling knob country of central Kentucky.

Cook’s Country MagazineLaunched by the folks at Cook’s Illustrated, this magazine offers up fine-tuned recipes for comfort food in an appealing vintage-style format.

Gould Hill Orchards – A family-owned orchard in Contoocook, New Hampshire with 87 varieties of heirloom apples and other seasonal offerings.

King Arthur Flour Company – Their flour is only one reason to check out this website. Another is their extensive offering for the baking pantry or you can subscribe to their excellent newsletter, The Baking Sheet. If you visit their store in Norwich, Vermont you’ll also find a superb bakery.

L.A. Burdick’s Chocolate & Café – This Walpole, New Hampshire chocolatier also has an excellent eatery. The Walpole Grocery next door has among the best produce, meat counter, cheeses and other gourmet offerings found in a small space.

North End Market Tour – This culinary journey into Boston's North End is highly recommended for anyone who wants to learn more about authentic Italian cuisine and the many authentic markets which cater to the Italian community here. Even seasoned foodies will learn something and you'll find great places to stock your Italian pantry or to come back to again and again. Plan on a full day: a three-hour tour followed or preceded by a hearty meal at any number of fine eateries. And you'll want to return to the many shops along the way after you've had a taste of them.

Swensons Drive-Ins – Since 1934, Swensons Drive-Ins in Akron, Ohio has been serving up the best cheeseburgers in the world. Akron native and writer R.W. Apple, Jr. agreed.

West Point Market – West Point is another favorite Akron destination. One of the best food markets and shopping experiences in the country, here you can find all sorts of great things for your pantry and splendid prepared foods. (And it’s right across from Swenson’s.)

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