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Friday, October 16, 2020


AT THE KITCHEN TABLE: simple low-waste recipes for family & friends (Ryland Peters & Small, 2020, 160 pages, ISBN 978-1-78879-199-1 $19.95 USD) is by Megan Davies, a UK food stylist, recipe developer, and food illustrator, who has published widely in the UK. Her book is written for the ecologically- conscious home cook. There's advice on stretching food ingredients, using leftovers as a new meal, brunches, sharing suppers, and side dishes good anytime. All in the effort to reduce carbon footprints. It's the small stuff that adds up, and every kitchen in the world can contribute. The arrangement is by meal, with "dusk or dawn" being the first: here the idea is have food for late at night or for breakfast. Her seven day menu planner takes us through a whole week, and of course it is repeatable. Preparations have their ingredients listed in both avoirdupois and mostly metric measurements, but the book could have been improved if it also used metric for teaspoons and tablespoons in the recipes, or at least had a metric conversion chart.
Audience and level of use: mindful home cooks
Some interesting or unusual recipes/facts: baked rosemary and nutmeg nectarines; chilli and chocolate con carne; Asian chicken salad; pork chops with baked chillies and pears;
Indian scrambled eggs with naan or toast; lemon roasted fennel and dill pasta bake; apple and kale salad.
Quality/Price Rating: 91

May we all have 2020 vision.

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