Pantry reading: Life on a shelf

"The Pantry: Its History and Modern Uses," by Catherine Seiberling Pond (Gibbs Smith, 112 pp., $16.95)

Deeply hued, close-up photos and intelligent text fill this small book by Catherine Seiberling Pond.

She examines pantries great and small in homes across the country to show how to achieve order and beauty while creating utilitarian space. And she tells us how American pantries developed from English larders in the Middle Ages.

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