It's rare for a cookbook to be devoted to making and using leftovers, and eating meals as simple as a bowl of chicken broth or a plate of cold roasted vegetables. But Tamar Adler's An Everlasting Meal: Cooking With Economy and Grace
is not quite a cookbook -- it's a story about how to shop and eat simply, rolling the ingredients from one meal into the next. Recipes are scattered throughout the book, but they're keystones, each supporting a dozen different variations.
Adler, a former cook at Chez Panisse and Prune in New York, is reading at Omnivore Books tomorrow. An Everlasting Feast is modeled after MFK Fisher's How to Cook a Wolf, both in its subject matter and its prose style, and at times the writing makes you wish the author would take off her monocle and spats. But it's so smartly put together that SFoodie has been rereading, and thinking, about the book over the past three weeks -- and it's been changing the way we cook at home.
Tamar Adler Reading
When: Saturday, April 14, 3-4 p.m.
Where: Omnivore Books, 3885a Cesar Chavez (at Church), 282-4712
Here's a taste of her approach to roasting vegetables: