Thursday, September 11, 2014
Book Review: An Everlasting Meal
When I first picked up Tamar Adler's An Everlasting Meal, I was not sure what to expect. It has a foreword by Alice Waters which is obviously a strong endorsement, but flipping through the pages, I found little that looks like a traditional cookbook.
However, this is exactly what the book is--a cookbook, meaning that it is a book that actually teaches the reader how to cook rather than just giving recipes to be followed.
Here are the reasons why I enjoyed An Everlasting Meal.
- This cookbook is meant to be read rather than simply flipped through.
- Adler's cooking philosophy is that nothing in the kitchen should be wasted.
- Every chapter stresses that ingredients used in each meal should build part of the next meal.
- You are encouraged to understand the cooking process and make it your own.
- The sections present the basics of cooking in a way that shows how they all relate to each other.
If I were to sum the book up into one statement, it would be - no fuss, just delicious meals.
If you were only going to buy one cookbook, this would be the one that I would suggest. An Everlasting Meal is highly practical for everyday cooks, but at the same time, the writing style elevates the book to something more than ordinary.