COOKING & FOOD

An Onion in My Pocket: My Life with Vegetables

Knopf. Sept. 2020. 320p. ISBN 9780525656012. $26.95. COOKING
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Madison (The New Vegetarian Cooking for Everyone), who opened one of the first vegetarian restaurants in San Francisco in the late 1970s, here focuses on her time practicing Buddhism as well as her growing interest in cooking and working in restaurants. She describes taking advantage of every opportunity to learn about cooking, working for several months at Chez Panisse, and traveling to Europe and taking a culinary tour through France. She writes about her father, a professor, who had a keen interest in farming, which led to her interest in local produce, and how her mother, who grew up during the Great Depression, inspired her interest in creating simple but delicious food.
VERDICT Madison is a prolific cookbook author, and this latest offering presents an intriguing and insightful look into how her upbringing influenced both her professional and private life.

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