An Initial Reflection on Tamar Adler's book 'An Everlasting Meal: Cooking with Economy and Grace'

Screen Shot 2014-08-19 at 8.48.13 PM Over the weekend, my husband and I were in Books Passage in the Ferry Building, and we came across this delightful book:  An Everlasting Meal:  Cooking with Economy and Grace by the seemingly, equally delightful Tamar Adler.  I saw it and had this instinctual desire to read it.  And interestingly enough, he did too.  He then said aloud what I was thinking, "Wanna read it together?"  So since Saturday, we've begun to read a segment of it each night, including the forward by Alice Waters (I'm reading her authorized biography at the moment) and the introduction by Ms. Adler.  Since he is away on business (and he declined my invitation to read the entire next chapter to him over the phone), I told him that it is quite the challenge not to pick it up and continue reading it. I was caught after the introduction--and even more so after the first chapter, "How to Boil Water"--and determined this is a book that deserves space on my soon-to-be-dubbed shelf :  Classic Books for Life.  Last night, I told the Gent, "This would make a wonderful wedding present."  On the phone today with my mother, I said--"If I was a home economics teacher, this would be mandatory reading!"

All this to say, every Tuesday coming forth for now, I will share about what I have read as well as how it influences living in my new 250 sq. foot flat where economy and grace are truly needed.  (There are only two small burners, and so I'm grateful I am being enlightened that one pot of boiling water can go very far.)

Additionally, I may throw in some bits about my marital relationship.  After all, our very first argument was over just how to cook.  It went something like this: - In the kitchen, he alarmingly asked me what I was doing, to which I retorted, "I am cooking." - I asked him what he was doing to which he also retorted, "I am following a recipe, which is how you cook." - I perhaps not so nicely responded that cooking requires intuition and feeling, sensing and tasting, rather than measurements, precision, and externalizing the process. (Though sometimes I do believe it may require some measurements or precision!)

Thankfully, over the handful of years, we have both simmered down for the better and are able to have fun together like reading and gleaning simple and beautiful wisdom from Tamar Adler about how to cook with economy and grace.  I am grateful we perused the bookstore last Saturday, and this book caught our eye.

Good night!