An Everlasting Meal: Cooking with Economy and Grace

Scribner  2012

 
Reviving the inspiring message of M. F. K. Fisher’s How to Cook a Wolf— written in 1942 during wartime shortages—An Everlasting Meal shows that cooking is the path to better eating. Through the insightful essays in An Everlasting Meal, Tamar Adler issues a rallying cry to home cooks.

In this meditation on cooking and eating, Tamar weaves philosophy and instruction into approachable lessons on feeding ourselves well. With chapters on boiling water, cooking eggs and beans, and summoning respectable meals from empty cupboards, Tamar demonstrates how to make the most of everything you buy and illustrates what the world’s great chefs know: that the best meals rely upon the ends of the meals that came before them.

She explains how to smarten up simple food and gives advice for fixing dishes gone awry. She recommends turning to neglected onions, celery, and potatoes for inexpensive meals that taste full of fresh vegetables, and cooking meat and fish resourcefully.

By wresting cooking from doctrine and doldrums, Tamar encourages readers to begin from wherever they are, with whatever they have. An Everlasting Meal is elegant testimony to the value of cooking and an empowering, indispensable tool for eaters today.

 


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