An Everlasting Meal

An Everlasting Meal

Cooking With Economy and Grace

Book - 2011
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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 chapters about boiling water, cooking eggs and beans, and summoning respectable meals from empty cupboards, Tamar weaves philosophy and instruction into approachable lessons on instinctive cooking. Tamar shows how to make the most of everything you buy, demonstrating what the world's great chefs know: that great meals rely on the bones and peels and ends of meals 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.
Publisher: New York : Scribner, c2011.
ISBN: 9781439181874
143918187X
Branch Call Number: 641.5 ADLER T
Characteristics: xiii, 250 pages ; 24 cm.

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This beautiful classic reminds me of MFK Fisher and Laurie Colwin. She talks about life, making food, using everything, and just living right. Loved it.
--Liz,
Point Roberts

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thepanekroom
Nov 01, 2015

I used to work for a different library, and I processed this book when we bought it. I then immediately bought a copy for my friend and his informal cooperative. Then I bought a copy for myself. Good writing, excellent ideas. Try the chickpea pasta!

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confloptus
Mar 24, 2015

This book changed the way I eat. She makes a strong case for buying vegetables at farmer's markets, then immediately roasting them and storing in mason jars in the fridge. Sounds too simple and ridiculous, but it works for me. I waste far less produce and always have roasted veggies available to convert into a meal. It's not a book of recipes, though there are a few. It's a book of her thoughts and ideas on cooking and eating. She's a terrific writer. I ended up a buying the book.

MaxineML Dec 06, 2013

A wonderful, poetic, philosophical and inspirational ode to food, eating and cooking. There are great recipes interspersed within the chapters.

WVMLStaffPicks May 31, 2013

I learned plenty of cooking techniques from Tamar Adler’s philosophical essays on cooking, and added a few great recipes to my repertoire (such as a Salsa Verde that improves just about everything it touches). But I didn't just adore this book for its practical offerings. Adler’s writing is exquisite and expresses so well the deep satisfaction one can get from creating meals with available food and simple tools.

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aniane
Feb 21, 2013

I learned plenty of cooking techniques from Tamar Adler’s philosophical essays on cooking, and added a few great recipes to my repertoire (such as a Salsa Verde that improves just about everything it touches). But I didn't just adore this book for its practical offerings. Adler’s writing is exquisite and expresses so well the deep satisfaction one can get from creating meals with available food and simple tools.

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TheSponge
Dec 18, 2012

Few people can turn the act of boiling water into poetry yet this author does! I loved this book, I savored it right up until the very last page.

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brinyurchin
Sep 24, 2012

I liked this a lot and may have to buy it. Her attitude toward cooking is realistic, not too precious, and creative at the same time.

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shapjul
Jun 06, 2012

This book has changed how I think about cooking and ingredients. I actually went and bought my own copy. Adler is quite opinionated and you need to be prepared to disagree with her, but she makes (quite firmly) a bunch of points about how we should relate to food. For example, all omelettes are quick and easy (in her view) so you're better off not buying a magazine that features "10 new quick and easy omlettes" and instead spending money on your ingredients.

I think it would be entertaining just as a read, but I found it to be more than that. It really did make me think in new ways about the weekly trip to the farmers' market.

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