Thursday, August 14, 2014

Book Beginning: Jam Today Too


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I’m still cooking, and thinking about what I and my loved ones like to eat, still keeping a diary of what I got and what I do with it. 

-- From the author’s Foreword to Jam Today Too: The Revolution Will Not be Catered by Tod Davies, published by Exterminating Angel Press.

I never thought I would see the day that I would hate to cook. 

-- From chapter 1, "Food for Disasters."

This is the second book in Tod Davies' series of food and cooking essay collections, following, Jam Today: A Diary of Cooking With What You've Got.

Jam Today Too is a fantastic collection of essays on what to eat, why to eat it, and how to make it.  Davies deserves a spot right up there in the food writer Pantheon with MFK Fisher, Elizabeth David, and Jim Harrison.  In chatty style, Davies offers recipes along with anecdotes about when she made the dishes, including recreating childhood favorites, cooking for grieving friends, cooking in an RV after her house flooded, and cooking solo meals.  Reading Jam Today Too feels like sitting at the kitchen counter with a glass of wine, talking with your best friend while she cooks dinner for just the two of you.

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