Life Is Meals: A Food Lover's Book of Days

Life Is Meals: A Food Lover's Book of Days

by James Salter, Kay Salter


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ISBN-13: 9780375711398
Publisher: Knopf Doubleday Publishing Group
Publication date: 11/02/2010
Edition description: Reprint
Pages: 464
Sales rank: 315,743
Product dimensions: 6.88(w) x 11.40(h) x 1.14(d)

About the Author

James Salter is the author of nine previous books, including the novel A Sport and a Pastime; the collection Dusk and Other Stories, which won the 1989 PEN/Faulkner Award; and Burning the Days: Recollection. Kay Salter, a journalist and playwright, has written for The New York Times and Food & Wine, among other publications. The Salters live in Colorado and on Long Island.Fabrice Moireau is a graphic artist, illustrator, and set and product designer. He lives in Olivet, France, with his wife and children.

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Béchamel Sauce

Béchamel, the delicious white sauce for creamed vegetables, soufflés, and croquettes, first appeared in France during the reign of Louis XIV (1643-1715), though it may have been created earlier and elsewhere. It was named for Louis de Bechameil, a handsome, corrupt financier who served as the king's majordomo. He had all the luck, complained an old duke who said he had been serving chicken in a cream sauce since before Bechameil was born, and no one had named any kind of sauce for him.

Béchamel is simple to make and takes only about five minutes. There are a number of variations using more or less butter and flour, depending on the desired thickness, but the foundation for all of them is the same.


2 tablespoons butter
3 tablespoons flour
2 cups milk heated to a boil in a small saucepan

In a saucepan, melt the butter over low heat. Add the flour slowly, stirring until they are smoothly blended without browning. Remove from heat. Add the milk and stir vigorously with a wire whisk. Set over medium heat, stirring until the sauce comes to a boil; then cook for another minute, stirring constantly. Makes two cups.

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Life Is Meals: A Food Lover's Book of Days 4 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 3 reviews.
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osmium_antidote on LibraryThing 10 months ago
This was a pleasant series of essays disguised as a log for one year. It was written by two people, but other than on those occassions when one would identify his/herself, it was virtually impossible to tell which was writing. The information was not earthshatteringly new, but it was interesting.
willyt on LibraryThing 10 months ago
This book is a miscellanea of food writing. Each day has a separate entry, where the entry can be a recipe, reminiscences of the author's memorable meals, or other food-related entries.