An Everlasting Meal: Cooking with Economy and Grace

An Everlasting Meal: Cooking with Economy and Grace


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An Everlasting Meal: Cooking with Economy and Grace by Tamar Adler

In An Everlasting Meal, Tamar Adler has written a book that “reads less like a cookbook than like a recipe for a delicious life” (New York magazine).

In this meditation on cooking and eating, Tamar Adler weaves philosophy and instruction into approachable lessons on feeding ourselves well. An Everlasting Meal demonstrates the implicit frugality in cooking. In essays on forgotten skills such as boiling, suggestions for what to do when cooking seems like a chore, and strategies for preparing, storing, and transforming ingredients for a week’s worth of satisfying, delicious meals, Tamar reminds us of the practical pleasures of eating. She explains what cooks in the world’s great kitchens know: that the best meals rely on the ends of the meals that came before them. With that in mind, she shows how we often throw away the bones, skins, and peels we need to make our food both more affordable and better. She also reminds readers that almost all kitchen mistakes can be remedied. Summoning respectable meals from the humblest ingredients, Tamar breathes life into the belief that we can start cooking from wherever we are, with whatever we have.

An empowering, indispensable work, An Everlasting Meal is an elegant testimony to the value of cooking.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781439181881
Publisher: Scribner
Publication date: 06/19/2012
Edition description: Reprint
Pages: 272
Sales rank: 177,416
Product dimensions: 5.40(w) x 8.40(h) x 0.80(d)

About the Author

Tamar Adler is a contributing writer to Vogue. She has written for The New York Times Magazine, The New York Times Book Review, The Believer, and The Adler has won a James Beard Award and an IACP Award. Tamar is the author of Something Old, Something New and An Everlasting Meal. She lives in Hudson, New York.

Alice Waters is the visionary chef and owner of Chez Panisse in Berkeley, California. She is the author of four cookbooks, including Chez Panisse Vegetables and Fanny at Chez Panisse. Known as the Queen of Local Food, she founded the Edible schoolyard at Berkeley’s Martin Luther King Jr. Middle School. She lives in San Francisco.

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Everlasting Meal 4.7 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 14 reviews.
jpalumbo More than 1 year ago
Since reading Tamar Adler's An Everlasting Meal, I have been saving the ends of bread,celery leaves, fennel fronds and parmesan cheese rinds. She has leftover recipes for each of them. After reading each chapter I had the urge to go to the kitchen to practice what she preaches. She is that persuasive without being preachy. She writes beautifully. When I finished the last chapter I allowed tears to drip down my face. Adler had touched me deeply with her advice, her spirit and above all, her prose. jpalumbo
PlanB More than 1 year ago
Just when you think there's nothing new in the world of food, along comes Tamar Adler and proves us all wrong. This is a new way -- today's way -- of dealing with food. A much rangier way of planning meals and of eating. Ways to use up everything edible from your shopping basket and to stretch out the way food appears and reappears over a few days. How to see food, how to think of it, how to deal with it in a sensible and graceful way...and not be bound by the old rules. Besides the contentful content, the writing is just superb. You'll think differently about food and your relationship with it while reading Ms. Adler's whimsical writing and her amiable - even affectionate - relationship with her food.
helanlou More than 1 year ago
An Everlasting Meal arrived on Friday and I spent a luxurious weekend reading it. It is literary, witty and filled with charming and homey examples. The author's ideas and techniques will take me further along the road to a plant-based lifestyle with savory gourmet-level recipes. I love that nothing is wasted; almost everything can morph into still another dish. A little bit of planning produces a week's worth of meals.
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Mari-Kate9 More than 1 year ago
meditative and inspirational.  mad me want to get into the kitchen and cook simple peasant food.
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This book is about more than food. And it's so much more than a cookbook. It's really about living well and simply. It reads like a love letter to food. Not only did I read it like a novel but I couldn't put it down. I highly recommend this book to anyone who finds comfort in food and wishes for a slow pace.
hfineisen More than 1 year ago
I originally reviewed this book as my first GoodReads Giveaway and noted that it was a must for holiday hostess gifts. A love letter to the basics of food, the prose is as delicious as the water lovingly boiled to start any meal. Adler brings our tastebuds back to the basics, from our humble beginnings and our humble hands. I revisit parts of this book as much as my salt shaker, and have become a more frequent and more flavorful cook. My suggestion--get two copies, one for you and one to replace the bottle of wine you normally take to the next dinner party. An Everlasting Meal will be continuously consumed.
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