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Extending the table - a book review you should read.

Extending the table - a book review you should read.

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lupagreenwolf , I think this will interest you.

winterlion 's favourite cookook is extending the table.  I bought a copy off abebooks to help pare down my food budget.  the theory is simple, pick poorer countries, and use recipes from there.

so far, i haven't cooked a single thing, yet i have learned a lot from the book, i fell into it like a novel, reading it from beginning to end.  the message is gratitude and generosity.  this recipe book was compiled by mennonite missionaries, and is filled with stories.  food is so scarce, yet these people were so generous to the missionaries, even though the missionaries had much more than their hosts.  guests were always welcome. food was always shared.

I have been remembering food shared with friends, and feeling that those moments are part of the world's tradition of community.  I have been looking at my own plate with gratitude.  I feel a kinship to these far off places where hospitality is a spiritual, rather than an intellectual tradition.  it's not about rules set down by polite society, it's about the kinship of humanity.


  • *nods* Thank you for the recommendation :)
  • We used to watch a tv show called 'No Reservations.' The host is a chef (and author) who travels around the world, meeting people and listening to their stories and sharing food. I loved this show because the host really, really understood that his job wasn't to show Americans how strange all these countries were, or how weird and wonderful the food was. Instead, his job was to let us all see the common humanity of generosity and shared food. He talked a lot about gratitude and respect for the people who were opening their homes and their lives to him.

    Your post reminded me of that. Thank you!
  • That sounds like a very lovely book!
  • Sounds intriguing

    I ordered it just now after reading your blog.
  • The "more with less" cookbook is nice too but not as many stories - and not as well organized

    I really do love that book - and I've successfully supported 4 adults on $20/mo from a recipe in that book.
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