In Burnt Toast and Other Disasters, Peternell encourages us to relax in the face of the urge for perfection created by glorious social media images and a litany of socially conscious imperatives. We will make mistakes in the kitchen. We can recover from them and produce good food. We will not always find the very best green beans at the farmers' market; we can eat well without them.
Cooks can improvise and recover from mistakes and disappointments. In addition to his gentle exhortation in this direction, Peternell provides practical examples: excess French fries incorporated into a Spanish tortilla; canned corn and canned black beans turned into a ready-in-5 mashup; slightly aged broccoli transformed into taco filling.
If you can cook from an idea, this book will inspire.