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Cook Food: A Manualfesto for Easy, Healthy, Local Eating Paperback – September 1, 2009
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I got this book, then, because I like Jervis' other work and because some of the recipes looked pretty interesting. I skimmed the first part, figuring that I knew all that stuff already, and went straight for the oatmeal dried-fruit cookie recipe. This is a great recipe to start with because a) the result is wonderful, and b) it's a nice introduction to Jervis' style of recipe-writing. This recipe is chock full of information about the ingredients and suggestions of ways to alter the recipe to your tastes. It's written so that anyone can understand it, not just a seasoned baker. Bakers, however, will still find the information and advice incredibly interesting and useful.
From there, I realized that it might be useful to read the first half of the book instead of only using this for recipes (shocking, no?!). I was so impressed with all of the information and advice in the first half--I felt like I had just taken a full course in cooking conscientiously. The tone of the book is informative and very accessible, but not dumbed-down in any way (I think I was worried it would be, hence why I was reluctant to pay attention to the first half in the beginning).Read more ›
Lisa's recipes are waaay easy to follow, leave room for a little creativity, and don't require a bunch of esoteric ingredients. More importantly, the end result is crunchy-salty-savory goodness.
This is in stark contrast to those monk monastery cookbooks out there that equate health with cold watery tofu. Or the equally annoying "add a teaspoon of low-fat bottled dressing, mix with plain nonfat yogurt" cookbooks that may as well be titled Weight Loss and Heart Disease Recovery for the Stereotypical American. But I digress.
This book works equally well for those who don't know how to cook, those who only know how to cook stuff they would no longer be caught dead eating, and those who cook all the time but want some new, interesting, and fast recipes.
As well as those who just can't resist anything called a manualfesto.
"Speaking of which, tomato paste is great for building richness of flavor, so you may want to consider putting it in soups, stews, stir-fries, tomato products such as tomato paste, crushed tomatoes, or fresh tomatoes. flavor, so you may want to consider putting it in soups, stews, stir-fries, and the like even when you aren't planning for them to be particularly tomato-ey."
I mean, really, would one expect to find such nonsense in the printed version of this book? Why must we put up with it in the ebook edition?
Even though I have read Michael Pollan and others, the hands on perspective of this "manualfesto" has helped me improve what is served at our table and made me more at ease with my food choices.
I also really enjoyed the conversational and slightly acerbic tone of the author.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
One, if not the worst thing I've ever read on eating locally grown and organic produce. Typical Bay Area transplant rich person's apologist for how over priced organic foods and... Read morePublished on July 4, 2012 by TrueBrit
"Cook Food" is a wonderful guide for people who are just starting to cook their own meals beyond making scrambled eggs and toast. Read morePublished on February 18, 2011 by Kitty L.
A year ago I was a pretty healthy vegetarian, but my cooking skills hit an ugly dead end at brown rice. Read morePublished on January 28, 2011 by Kaitlin Elizabeth
This book is great because it is very easy to read and it has quick tips on how to make meals that aren't cooked with processed food. Read morePublished on March 9, 2010 by A. Tolino
This book is a great motivator to begin exploring a more natural diet. Great, simple recipes and ideas. Read morePublished on September 16, 2009 by J. Edwards