Thursday, June 28, 2012

"Economy and Grace"

I love this phrase so much - I think it should be the tagline for my life, the thing I try to live up to.  I got it from the subtitle of Tamar Adler's book, An Everlasting Meal.  Rebecca loaned me this book and I'm only a third of the way into it, but I like it a lot. 

Adler gives credit to MFK Fisher's How To Cook A Wolf from 1942.  I somehow missed telling you about Fisher's book back when I read it in the fall.  It's fabulous - stories, advice, recipes, and all written in prose I wish I could emulate (and that hair - I would like to wear my braids on top of my head like MFK Fisher).  Her full name, as I'm sure you want to know, is Mary Frances Kennedy Fisher.

I just read the chapter in Tamar Adler's book where she advocates eating cooked vegetables at room temperature.  She has interesting ideas for vegetables and roundly dismisses the idea that vegetables are best steamed just before the meal and then eaten plain and hot.  She has also convinced me to revisit poached eggs, which I normally don't like.

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I'm in need of inspiration these days, so it's nice to read some new ideas and play a little differently in the kitchen.  I'll tell you about our room-temperature breakfast next time - desk-work beckons!


Nicole said...

Oh wow, I just wrote about these books a few days ago!
I love these books; so great for inspiration when I need it.

Rebecca said...

Now why didn't I ever think of it?? You, of course, must start wearing your hair in braids on top of your head! You have the perfect hair for it and you would look like a queen. (...And to go with, a fabulous power suit with square shoulder pads, circa 1942, in kelly green.)

Sara said...

I loved this book so much I bought it. In hardcover.