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And a few were downright new and intriguing to me. As the author/contributor writes, "Peas are polarizing—you either love them or hate them." She loves them and so do I, so I'm going to try peas pureed with crème fraiche, Parmesan and mint. Want to make soup out of it? Add chicken broth. Or blend with mashed potatoes and top with a fried egg.
How about eggs in a tomato-spinach sauce? Or eggs in purgatory, which is much the same thing and one of my favorite dishes. Recipes suggest main-dish smoothies, a good yogurt sauce, all kinds of things that writers rely on and you've probably never thought of.
But the unique thing about this cookbook is the timesaving tips, divided into cooking tips, household tips, organizational tips, writing tips, and miscellaneous. In the latter category, I like "Let it go." If it's not major in your life, don't waste time stewing over little things. A tip we all know about but don't always do: meditate. And one from me: nap.
In the cooking tips, I found an old friend—the soup pot. Just put leftovers in a refrigerator container and once a week, see what you've got. I called it soup of the week, but my kids called it "brown soup" because that's how it always came out. This book has better instructions than my haphazard version.
One tip that appears in several sections is to list, list, list. Errands to run? Make a list of them in geographical order. Grocery shopping: organize your list according to the layout of the store. Too many extraneous details demanding our attention? List them and then check them off one at a time.
And a tip for all of us: if your plate is full, learn to say "No" to that extra volunteer project, that speaking gig you don't have time to prepare for, even that charitable cause you can't fit in. You can only stretch yourself so far and trying to accomplish more only results in stress.
In short, this is much more than a cookbook. It gives ideas for feeding the body, of course, some of them outstanding, but it also gives ideas for feeding and caring for the inner you, the soul if you will. It's a great book to explore.
by Judy Alter
for Story Circle Book Reviews
reviewing books by, for, and about women