Cupboard cooking is a way of life in most households I know. It is a way of cooking in which I grew up with and it is from these lessons that I am most adventurous when creating new recipes. Reaching into the cupboard, coming up with good eats is how many households lived in the past just as we do today. That is, getting by within our means.
This is true also to the values I learned in what I call Country cooking. Farm life, rural and peasant style cooking are features found in this section as well as recipes influenced by the many cooks known in my life of preparing soul-food types of cuisine.