COOKING & FOOD

People Who Love To Eat Are Always the Best People: And Other Wisdom

Knopf. Nov. 2020. 160p. ISBN 9780525658795. $20. COOKING
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For readers looking to become a better cook, or Francophiles seeking company in their appreciation of French culture, there’s something for everyone in this collection of quotes by acclaimed chef Child (1912–2004). Whether speaking to food, eating, kitchen utensils, or French gastronomy culture, Child draws on articles, interviews, and earlier books. The title is taken from a notable quote relating to how to enjoy a meal, setting the book’s tone: “You don’t have to cook fancy or complicated masterpieces—just good food from fresh ingredients.” Illustrations of cooking utensils are featured throughout, adding whimsy to nearly every page. The work concludes with biographical information on Child, along with a list of sources for each quote, which may encourage aspiring chefs of all ages looking for more insight.
VERDICT For lovers of all things Child and appreciators of a clever quip, this is a great read that would be a nice supplemental purchase for larger collections and an ideal gift for foodies.

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