I've sampled from this text since the early- to mid-90s. And not once has it failed to make me appreciate how home cooks the world over feed their fam...moreI've sampled from this text since the early- to mid-90s. And not once has it failed to make me appreciate how home cooks the world over feed their families using meager ingredients. Undoubtedly, the least complicated dishes in this book tend to shine brightest. For example, the idea to combine milk and grapefruit juice offers up a sublime refreshment that I patiently wait for every January/February when ruby red grapefruit come into season. I have to stop myself from drinking gallons upon gallons of this Dominican treat.
If nothing else, the recipes in this book can aid in the process of emptying an overstocked pantry. What to do with leftover couscous or cornmeal? Why, mix them with cooked greens or make a simple vegetable sauce to eat them with. I might not have survived graduate school without this book. It enabled me to live on a meager $20/week for groceries. In DC, that's quite a feat. But, it's possible, and healthy given the right mindset and appreciation for non-animal proteins. (less)
If you love to experiment with fresh produce, this is a cookbook for you. Same goes for anyone frustrated with too many tomatoes or zucchini in their...moreIf you love to experiment with fresh produce, this is a cookbook for you. Same goes for anyone frustrated with too many tomatoes or zucchini in their garden. And even though it's not strictly vegetarian, this book contains far more interesting vegetarian fare than every other vegetarian cookbook I've come across. Plus the carrot cake and papaya bread will knock your socks off!
Too many cook books de-emphasize vegetables, but this one places them on reverent display. It also runs the gamut from simplistic to several day complicated headache type recipes. It also contains plenty of catch all recipes so you can never wonder what to do with all those leftover bits.
The margins are another part of this book which shines. Look to them to answer any sort of selection, preparation or growing tips.
Favorites: Apple pie with cheddar cheese crust (best apple pie crust ever!); Chocolate zucchini cake with sour cream frosting; Papaya tea bread; Baby zucchini and squash blossom fritatta; (less)