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 listeners 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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- 1.5 Trick Pony
Amazing book, amateur narration grows on you
Love this book more than I can say. It's given me a different view on how to use my groceries wisely - how to rescue foods I miscooked, and use parts I usually toss, and cook more from instinct (Tamar's instinct!) rather than recipes. Though there are tons of recipes here - but she teaches rules of thumb as much as specific foods.
She also speaks about food in an infectiously glowing, enthusiastic way, like that person you know who initially seems kinda weirdly peppy but ends up winning you over completely and changing how you think of things. She ENTHUSES about food, and shows the glory of simple good food, made lovingly. She also shares food struggles and her periodic despairs about cooking, and it's all so relatable. She infuses the book with relevant quotes from philosophers - not in a showoff way, but with the delight of finding the exact right thought for the topic at hand, and it totally works.
The narration is offputting at first but grew on me. Tamar reads her own book, and the rhythm is incredible choppy. She pauses in odd places in the sentence like she's writing it as she goes instead of reading something that's been edited to a shine. The book is so great that it overcomes that, and Tamar's quiet enthusiasm comes through so strongly that I was won over again.
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- Ivi Robonson
Loved It. Author/Narrator was perfect t!! I would definitely recommend. I want to listen again.