February Cookbook Review: The Art of Simple Food

I am so loathe to part with cooking from this anthology daily, I may just carry it through as an addition to March’s featured cookbook. It has captured my heart, and I have a hankering to work through it until I know it. As it is, I have only scratched the surface. Alice Waters’ The Art of Simple Food has become like a trusted friend: thoroughly reliable to give gracious, straightforward, repeatable recipes that belong on the table of the loving home. Truly, if had no other cookbooks in my kitchen but this one, not only would I be a knowledgeable chef, I’d be a deeply satisfied one. This cooking is good for the soul.

I did not get to cook through nearly half as many recipes as I had marked, though what I did make I fully enjoyed. I believe a family could eat of the recipes of this cookbook for entire year without repeating the same thing twice (but they’d surely be tempted to!). The following recipes made it to our mouths:

Chicken Broth
Minestrone (We enjoyed this, along with the Pesto, at our friends’ home and again as leftovers at our own).
Cranberry Bean Gratin
Tart and Pie Dough
Onion Tart (made this twice!)
Jicama Salad with Orange and Cilantro
Carrot Salad
Tortilla Soup (We shared this, and the Cornbread, with our parents for a Sabbath dinner).
Turkey Soup with Kale
White Bean and Butternut Squash Soup (made this twice!)
Spicy Cauliflower Soup (made this twice!)
Sweet Corn Soup
Steamed Broccoli with Garlic, Butter, and Lemon
Moroccan Sweet Potato Salad
Italian Meatballs
Winter Fruit Compote
Oatmeal Currant Cookies

This is quite an impressive list for one month of cooking and eating! But truly, there is so much more to be tasted from it pages! I do believe I must keep going. I cannot put it away yet. It will be one of March’s companions.


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