The Everlasting Meal Cookbook: Leftovers A–Z

Scribner. Mar. 2023. 560p. ISBN 9781476799667. $35. COOKING
Adler, who has won both a James Beard and an IACP award and wrote An Everlasting Meal: Cooking with Economy and Grace, uses her cooking philosophy to create a practical guide to utilizing all the ingredients that enter one’s kitchen. This encyclopedic approach to leftovers is divided by type of staple, such as beans and rice, dairy, and vegetables. Leaving nothing behind, Adler has recipes for using every leftover dreg, sprinkle, meal, scrap, and peel. Although this work has a formulaic presentation, Adler finds places to weave in her signature prose and to challenge readers to use all of their senses when executing recipes. Fans of her previous writing will love this book, and it will appeal to those who are conscious of kitchen waste. It will also appeal to home cooks who are days out from their weekly shopping trip and looking in the fridge at the odds and ends, leftovers, and wilting veggies, now with a new tool to create a beautiful meal.
VERDICT Unique and practical, Adler’s title encourages home cooks to achieve what seems impossible: clean out the fridge, not into the garbage but into an appealing meal.
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