An Everlasting Meal: Cooking with Economy and Grace
by Tamar Adler
“As long as you taste curiously, and watch and feel and listen, and prick your way toward food you like, you will find that you become someone about whom people will say that cooking seems to come naturally, like walking. They will say it and it will be true. That is my advise then, on experience and equipment. Consider not minding whether you know the answer, and not filling your kitchen with tools, but becoming, rather, the kind of cook who doesn’t need them.” -Tamar Adler
In my opinion, this quote sums up the whole book quite nicely. An Everlasting Meal was a delight to read and opened my eyes to an entirely different way of cooking and looking at food. The book reads like a cookbook/novel. There are some stories and directions on how to cook just about everything, along with a multitude of recipes. Tamar begins with water and moves through meat, eggs, cheese, vegetables, and how to make a flop into a success! I was particularly inspired by her abundance of examples on how to use everything. For instance, boiling a chicken with vegetables to make a soup and then saving the bones to make stock later. Or cooking beans, broccoli, etc and then saving the water for a soup starter. It’s incredible what can be used instead of wasted. I believe I’m already cooking better because of having read this book! 🙂
Summing it up: I absolutely recommend this book if you’re at all interested in cooking or becoming a better cook!
All the best, Abbey