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Still Yummy After All These Years,
This review is from: Country commune cooking (Plastic Comb)
Eating, not sex, was the activity at the center of communal life, claims author Lucy Horton. Communes and their fare, back in the sixties and seventies, differed vastly from commune to commune, but all those cooking for their own group, set themselves to making something special, delicious, and healthful, from very few ingredients. This necessity of making much from little is not what had originally attracted me to Horton's book, back when it first came out, all those years ago, but when I ultimately moved out on my own, and often had much more appetite than either ingredients or money to buy them, it was this frugal creativity that kept this book open on my landlady's old table.
With storage containers full of whole wheat flour, brown rice, jars of un homogenized honey, and bags of sesame seeds (a great find in a Chinese deli), Horton's cookbook kept me and those who passed through my door fat and happy, so to speak, with dinners of peanut rice, humus, honey whole wheat bread, and halvah.. Brew up and then ice some Red Zinger tea, and you will have a basic but satisfyingly nostalgic lunch or dinner...just add some tunes from the time, and you are all set. This is a highly enjoyable cookbook, whether you buy it for the recipes, or just to enjoy the people and places Horton shares with her readers. The hardcover has a groovy little kitty stamped in silver on the black book cover, a nice, tactile touch .A great gift for anyone enjoying natural foods and looking back to a very different time. Horton's book still proves basic does not have to be bland.