Pantry Items Every Cook Should Have

If you're new to cooking (or just moved into a new place and need to stock your empty pantry), here's what you should buy.
  1. All purpose flour
  2. Extra virgin olive oil
  3. Coconut, grapeseed, or vegetable oil
  4. Sea or kosher salt
  5. Black peppercorns, ideally in a grinder
  6. Baking soda
  7. Baking powder
  8. Brown sugar
  9. White sugar
  10. Honey
  11. Balsamic vinegar
  12. White vinegar
  13. Whole garlic heads
  14. Mayonnaise
  15. Hot sauce
  16. Red chile flakes
  17. Dried pasta
  18. Cooking grains, like rice, oats, and quinoa