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Ruth Reichl Shares a Few of Her Go-To Pantry Items

From fish sauce to anchovies to harissa, the author and former Gourmet editor has her favorite products

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Ruth Reichl has been writing about food and taking readers along for the ride for decades, at the New York Times, as an author, and as the last editor-in-chief of Gourmet — an experience she chronicled in her latest book, Save Me the Plums (coming out on paperback on May 5). She’s also never stopped cooking, and she has the enviably well-stocked kitchen to prove it.

Reichl offered up a tour of her pantry and kitchen over Instagram Live, as part of the Eater @ Home virtual event series. In the spotlight: beautiful appliances, including an antique juicer that she bought for $2 at a thrift store; treasured utensils, like a skimmer (“I make a lot of chicken stock, so a skimmer is useful... As long as you have chicken stock in your freezer, you’re golden!”) and an old-fashioned pie cutter (“I have probably had it for 40 years”); and lots of food items filling the cupboards.

Here are a few of Ruth Reichl’s favorite pantry and refrigerator staples:

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