The Gist What the cookbook is: A beguiling biography about the quirky and colorful Paula Wolfert, told through stories, photographs, and recipes. What the cookbook is not: A flat, run-of-the-mill reference-style cookbook. Who this book is best suited for: Anyone who enjoys reading about colorful, food-loving, memorable pioneers. Three words to sum it up: My new…
What the cookbook is: An afterthought addition to a French themed gift basket full of wine and cheese.
What the cookbook is not: Sure of what it is.
Who this book is best suited for: A young woman looking for a light escape from university finals. Or the beginner cook.
Three words to sum it up: Médiocre at best.
The Gist What the cookbook is/does well: An organic tale of making trash into culinary treasures. What the cookbook is not: A deep dive into ingredients or a singular, simple solution to food waste. Who this book is best suited for: The conscientious, somewhat experienced, home cook. Three words to sum it up: Lifestyle-altering and…
I was going to write a review of Deep Run Roots, which I have been anticipating since I caught wind of its publication, but I cannot possibly write an unbiased review. I knew it from the moment I ripped open the envelope and held the enormous cookbook in my hands. You took me home.
The narrative throughout Brooklyn Rustic is one best summed up by a quote from The Slow Food Movement included in the “Perfect Ripeness” essay within: “May suitable doses of guaranteed sensual pleasure and slow, long-lasting enjoyments preserve us from the contagion of the multitude who mistake frenzy for efficiency.” It’s Calvert’s strategy to take ingredients away from a plate rather than adding them, and making an ordinary meal unforgettable through the art of simplicity.