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  • Paperback: 272 pages
  • Publisher: Scribner; Reprint edition (June 19 2012)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1439181888
  • ISBN-13: 978-1439181881
  • Product Dimensions: 14 x 1.8 x 21.4 cm
  • Shipping Weight: 249 g
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars 9 customer reviews
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #1,903 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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An Everlasting Meal is beautifully intimate, approaching cooking as a narrative that begins not with a list of ingredients or a tutorial on cutting an onion, but with a way of thinking…. Tamar is one of the great writers I know—her prose is exquisitely crafted, beautiful and clear-eyed and open, in the thoughtful spirit of M.F.K. Fisher. This is a book to sink into and read deeply.” —Alice Waters, from the Foreword

"It can be tricky, in this age of ethically charged supermarket choices, to remember that eating is an act of celebration. Tamar Adler's terrific book wisely presents itself as a series of how to’sHow To Boil Water, How to Have Balance, How to Live Well—with the suggestion that it's not only possible to do all these things, but in fact a pleasure. An Everlasting Meal provides the very best kind of lesson (reminding us we enjoy being taught), that there is real joy to be had in eating, and eating well." --Dan Barber, Chef/Co-Owner of Blue Hill and Blue Hill at Stone Barns

“Tamar Adler understands a simple truth that seems to evade a lot of cookbook writers and self-proclaimed ‘foodies’: cooking well isn't about special equipment or exotic condiments or over-tested recipes (and it sure isn't about ‘quickfire challenges’ or kicking it up a notch). It's about learning some basics, respecting the ingredients, and developing a little culinary intuition, or maybe just plain common sense. A book can’t necessarily teach you how to do that, but An Everlasting Meal will almost certainly inspire you to teach yourself.” --Colman Andrews, author of The Country Cooking of Italy and Editorial Director of TheDailyMeal.com

“In this beautiful book, Tamar Adler explores the difference between frugal and resourceful cooking. Few people can turn the act of boiling water into poetry. Adler does. By the time you savor the last page, your kitchen will have transformed into a playground, a boudoir and a wide open field. An Everlasting Meal deserves to be an instant and everlasting culinary classic.” –Raj Patel, author of The Value of Nothing and Stuffed and Starved

"An Everlasting Meal is a great thrill to read. Anyone who cooks is engaged in a re-creation of the Enlightenment Age--beginning with alchemy and mystery, always grasping towards chemistry and a tasty supper. With this book, Tamar Adler has chronicled our epic. Her tone manages to make the reader almost feel like he is thinking out loud. A marvelous accomplishment." –Jack Hitt, contributing writer to the New York Times Magazine

“Lessons so right and so eloquent that I think of them as homilies." --Corby Kummer, The New York Times Book Review

“Reads less like a cookbook than like a recipe for a delicious life.” --New York Magazine

"Reading [An Everlasting Meal] is like having a cooking teacher whispering suggestions in your ear.... Mindfulness, I’m discovering through this terrific book, can be delicious."
--Novella Carpenter, author of Farm City

“Tamar Adler has written the best book on ‘cooking with economy and grace’ that I have read since MFK Fisher.”
--Michael Pollan

"What it really is is a book about how to live a good life: take the long view, give to others, learn from everything you do, and always, always, always mindfully enjoy what you are doing and what you’ve done. The fact you’ll learn to be a great cook is just a bonus." --Forbes.com

"Adler proves herself an adept essayist in this discourse on instinctive home cooking. Though highly personal, it’s much less a food memoir than a kind of cooking tao." --The Atlanta Journal-Constitution

"Simultaneously meditative and practical, about how to appreciate and use what you have and how to prepare it appropriately with a minimum of fuss, space, equipment, or waste." --The Austin Chronicle

The perfect synthesis of literature and self-help. I really think it’s a profound book. (Sheila Heti The Believer)

About the Author

Tamar Adler is a contributing writer to the New York Times Magazine and for Vogue. Her previous work can be found in the New York Times Book ReviewThe Believer, and The NewYorker.com. Adler has won a James Beard Award and an IACP Award. Tamar is the author of Something Old, Something New and An Everlasting Meal. She lives in Hudson, New York.

Alice Waters is the visionary chef and owner of Chez Panisse in Berkeley, California. She is the author of four cookbooks, including Chez Panisse Vegetables and Fanny at Chez Panisse. Known as the Queen of Local Food, she founded the Edible schoolyard at Berkeley’s Martin Luther King Jr. Middle School. She lives in San Francisco.

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Actually highlighted parts of the book. This is not really a cookbook more a eaters manifesto. I love the part where she says she cooks with her heart, her mind and her hands. Pots and Pans are just tools.
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This book is a wonder!!

Tamar's lovely, whimsical writing (honestly - my copy is FULL of underlined passages to linger over again) and her down-to-earth style and ideas for eating with economy and grace - made me feel she was standing in my kitchen and peering into the cupboard.

Incredible, affordable recipes and thoughts on "making do" and how to turn a dish that is over-cooked/too salty/underdone etc actually made me laugh out loud with her brilliant sense of fun and common sense.

Her book won't be in my bookshelf. It will end up a soup-stained, dog-eared disaster as I'm keeping it close in the kitchen. With many a stale breadcrumb hiding in between the pages.

Tamar. Keep writing. We need another book!

Kim Duke
Sherwood Park
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An Everlasting Meal is one of the most beautiful books I have read to date. Not only the most beautiful cookbook but the most beautiful book. Tamar Adler is funny, smart and knows so much about food lore that each and every word is thoughtful and inspiring. I love this book and it has renewed my love of cooking. Thank You
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...and I have a lot of them!

I had slightly mixed feelings when I ordered the book. I loved the concept, and really wanted inspiration to be more of an intuitive cook and less reliant on recipes all the time, but I was wary when some reviews pointed to the pretentious prose used throughout. I am not a fan of that type of writing. While I love to eat delicious food, it doesn't prompt particularly profound thoughts.

But, I've started reading it, and I am totally in love with this book. I'm barely half-way through and felt compelled to write a review. I have totally gotten sucked in by the writing style. Yes, there have been a couple times where I've rolled my eyes, but they've been few and far between so far. It just seems to work.

I haven't learned anything radically new. I'm already fairly adept in the kitchen and have learned a lot from my mother-in-law (a 75 year old Italian nonna) about simple ways to infuse flavour in dishes. Maybe this is why the book speaks to me - it is very similar to how she cooks. And I love her cooking. Lots of good olive oil, garlic, onions, parsley. Even though there haven't been any revolutionary tips so far, it has really inspired me to let go of recipes. To cook up vegetables, grains and beans and then figure out how to repurpose them for different meals through the week. To think about how I cook now, and what I love to cook, and how to make that process less reliant on recipes. I really can't explain it, but my eyes feel totally opened by what are really some basic, yet sage, words of advice. I already know I will blow through this book in the next day or so, and I already know that I want to read through it again.

I started reading it on my way home last night.
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By Dorothyanne Brown TOP 1000 REVIEWER on Aug. 2 2014
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Wallowing happily through this - a cookbook written like a novel, with so many tips I can't wait to try, and a conversational tone that made me not want to put it down. Simply lovely. There are recipes, yes, but also tips for using ingredients in different ways with your own recipes. Best cookbook I've seen in years.
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