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I'm sent countless advanced proofs of books asking for "blurbs," words of praise that the publisher can use to entice book buyers. I get so many, in fact, that they can feel more a burden than a pleasure. An Everlasting Meal by a writer I didn't know was one such book, so it was all but accidental that it came with me on a July trip to the beaches of the Outer Banks of North Carolina, where I opened it, reclined on a towel on a gorgeous stretch of sand. By the time I was half finished, I'd already contacted the editor to say I'd happily write something on behalf of this book, because I love it. It's smart, graceful and strangely, beautifully reassuring.
Tamar Adler, a writer and cook who has logged serious time behind the line in actual restaurants, sets out to model her book on How to Cook a Wolf by the doyenne of literary food writing, M.F.K. Fisher--an audacious, incredibly presumptuous intent. Adler does neither Fisher nor herself a disservice in the comparison. The essays in this book are truly fine, formed from both thought-provoking ideas and practical advice about food, cooking and eating. I've read few books that ask us to think about food with this kind of elegance, whether discoursing on how to cook an egg or how to set a table. I always looked forward to picking this book up, and I always felt an ease and comfort while reading. It's hard to imagine a more elegant book of essays on the subject.
A worthy companion to Fisher, highly recommended. --Michael Ruhlman
I feel that I have found my new best friend.Tamar obviously has a reverence for food. She is clever, smart and kind of dreamy as she weaves a tale around her experience with food... Read morePublished 5 days ago by Amazon Customer
I originally read this book upon recommendation and was blown away with how original, inspiring and unconventional the concepts of the book are. Read morePublished 28 days ago by MDATX
I have only had my copy long enough to fall in love with the cover and the way the book feels. I also love the author's voice and the simple recipes like "no-knead bread"... Read morePublished 1 month ago by Janet johnston
Learned a lot and made me look at my kitchen and the food unit much differently.Published 1 month ago by Janis Bobb
Adler describes food with such deft use of the English language that I salivated with the turn of every page.Published 1 month ago by Jill
So enjoyable! Tamar's attitude towards food and cooking is refreshing, and her writing is lovely. I highly recommend.Published 1 month ago by Doug
i love this book, it has great recipes and very informative information, this book is a great readPublished 2 months ago by kris strickland