We're Kat and Alec, the recipe developers, food photographers, and food writers behind The Heirloom Pantry®. THP is your source for approachable elevated recipes and thoughtful entertaining tips you can weave into your everyday routine.
The Heirloom Pantry isn't just about recipes; it's about experiences. We believe that food is more than fuel - it's a vibrant tapestry woven with laughter, love, and generations of tradition. That's why we craft approachable, elevated recipes that guide you, from weeknight dinners to weekend feasts, with each perfected in our own vibrant kitchen.
We believe in celebrating fresh, high-quality ingredients, often sourced locally and sustainably. Every recipe on The Heirloom Pantry is meticulously tested and crafted to be both delicious and achievable, guiding you from weeknight staples to impressive entertaining spreads. Many of our recipes are Japanese and Italian, and we hope to introduce you to ingredients and methods you may not be familiar with yet!
We met while students at the University of San Diego in 2011. Alec studied political science and history, and Kat studied business and supply chain. After we graduated, we lived in Santa Monica for a couple of years where Alec studied for the LSAT while Kat was an early employee at The Honest Company, an environmentally-friendly consumer packaged goods company. We later moved to San Francisco, where Alec attended law school at UC Hastings College of the Law and Kat joined Williams-Sonoma's supply chain team. We currently reside in the Bay Area as full-time creators with our two dogs, Paisley and Peeps.
I'm Kat, the recipe developer, photographer, and author behind The Heirloom Pantry. My culinary experience has given me the skills to create unique, delicious recipes inspired by my Japanese and Italian heritage.
I have always had a passion for food. I grew up in my family's restaurant Folliero's in Los Angeles and learned about different flavor profiles from my parents and grandparents. I've been a guest chef at Williams-Sonoma in Beverly Hills and have developed and photographed recipes for many well-known brands. The skills I learned from my family and restaurant experience influence my homegrown recipes and approach to cooking.
Kat's favorite recipe: Italian Beef Soup (Brodo di Carne)
I'm Alec, The Heirloom Pantry's general counsel, sous chef, and editor. I am an attorney and I enjoy combining my passions of law and food at THP.
I'm from Hawaii and grew up eating Japanese and local Hawaiian food, but never had authentic Italian food until I met Kat. Now I can't imagine my life without homemade bolognese! Additionally, my love of surfing and the ocean inspires me to help with THP's sustainability initiatives.
Alec's favorite recipe: Cacio e Pepe with Burrata
More About The Heirloom Pantry
We came up with the name The Heirloom Pantry to celebrate the recipes and cooking secrets that can be passed down for generations, just like heirlooms.
If you're new to cooking, we recommend starting with some basic dishes, like Turkey Chili or Penne alla Vodka. If you want to learn more basics (we all start somewhere!), check out our method for How to Make Perfect Fried Eggs (4 Types) and How to Cook Buttery Fish with Crispy Skin.
We often make Baked Furikake Salmon, Eggplant Pasta, and Chicken Katsu because they're quick and easy. We also make easy vegetables, like 10-Minute Sautéed Broccolini (Broccoletti) and Roasted Asparagus with Parmesan. In the colder months, we make a big batch of Italian Beef Soup because it yields lots of leftovers and is very cozy.
Work with Us!
We are excited to work with organizations that are aligned with our values! We develop recipes, create authentic photography and video assets, write optimized recipe and blog posts, and share content featuring your product with our audience.
Our past partnerships include Barilla, The FeedFeed, Le Creuset, Target, World Market, and more.
Kitchen Tips and Essentials
We love to share our kitchen knowledge and product expertise with aspiring home cooks! Join The Heirloom Pantry Community and get our 5 tips to make every meal delicious.
Want to start your heirloom kitchen collection but don't know where to start? Shop our curated kitchen essentials shop and invest in kitchen products that will last you a lifetime, like our favorite Japanese knife and versatile dutch oven.
Whether you're a seasoned cook or just starting your culinary journey, we invite you to join us on this delicious adventure. Let's explore new flavors, conquer kitchen challenges, and create memories, one perfectly seasoned dish at a time. Let's make new memories with each bite!