An Everlasting Meal is a cookbook. It isn't a food memoir. It's so much more than both of those things. An Everlasting Meal is reminder about what food and cooking really are. Food is a necessity for life and cooking is an art, a hobby, and a joy. Adler reminds the home cook that you can have a delicious gourmet meal without trying to rival any gourmet chef. While there are recipes included in An Everlasting Meal, Adler spends a lot of time talking about how to combine foods, things you might have in your own pantry to make a week's worth of food with little effort.
Each chapter takes on a different category of ingredient-fish, vegetables, bread-and explains ways to make each one last beyond one meal. Rather than tossing leftover bread, make bread soup, breadcrumbs, bread pudding. Vegetable scraps become soup stock. The idea of economy is not only to make it last but make your food work for you. Adler does advocate for making more than you can eat today with the intention of using today's roast chicken for tomorrow's sandwiches and Wednesday's soup.
The reason I loved this book so much can be summed up in this quote:
After the first bite you think, This is why I've boiled meat; this is why I've bought good eggs; this is why I've taken time to cook; this is why i eat. pg 28This book renewed my curiosity in the kitchen. It's not just about putting together ingredients for a recipe that come someone created. It's because I wonder how those things will taste together. How I can make something taste amazing.
I recommend this book for those who enjoy cooking as well as those who might not. Adler would help any non-cook see it's not about being able to follow a recipe but learning to create meals. An Everlasting Meal will certainly make anyone hungry! Others who shared their thoughts on An Everlasting Meal: Sammitt, Eat To Thrive, Book Buzz, and Ghost Town Farmer.
This was my third read for the Foodies Read 2 Challenge.
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