Something Old, Something New: Classic Recipes Reinvented

Scribner. Apr. 2018. 272p. illus. index. ISBN 9781476799612. $26; ebk. ISBN 9781476799643. COOKING
OrangeReviewStarThe latest work by Adler (An Everlasting Feast) is an enjoyable collection of dinner and lunch menus structured around long-forgotten recipes that Adler collects, most being left behind owing to changes in food tastes, cooking techniques, and philosophies. Adler leaves some of the recipes as is; others need a bit of updating to be useful for modern chefs. For example, the term boil has become more specific—it used to mean "cook." With each recipe, Adler provides a brief food history, personal memory, and some expertise on technique. She also shares her own variations for each recipe. Although Adler is a former professional chef (her work includes a stint at Chez Panisse), she does not look at cooking as an overly serious task; as a result, her commentary is relatable and these varied recipes can be accomplished by most cooks.
VERDICT Home cooks looking to adventure into the past will find much to enjoy with these refound recipes.
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