A return to simple food

A friend loans me a copy of Perla Meyers’ ‘The peasant kitchen; A return to simple good food’, with beautiful photographs by John Stuart. The book came out in the 70’s, and even then was pushing for an emphasis on the freshness of ingredients, and a simple and direct approach to Seasonal foods. She advises not to run into a supermarket expecting to find everything you want and rather look for a small street market that takes pride in the freshness of it’s produce. Her introduction includes a lovely story about what she finds at an outdoor food market in Portugal (on a cold winter’s day). Where the inspiration for the days meal came from and should come from, what one finds there. This book came out in 1975, 35 years ago.

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