Written for the ambitious home cook who buys up every interesting item at the farmer’s market only to arrive home and say, “Now what do I do with this?,” The Nimble Cook has a choose-your-own-adventure style that encourages creativity and menu building.
Organized by ingredient type, Welsh’s recipes offer with a straight-forward answer to what one does with a leftover bunch of parsley, scraps and peels that might otherwise be thrown away, or the latest seasonal offerings from the local farm. Each of these simple base recipes stands on its own, but Welsh also offers additional ideas and recipes to build a dish into something more elaborate.
Rather than being daunting, Welsh’s sub-recipes encourage full use of leftovers, minimizing waste. Last night’s side of wild rice quickly becomes tonight’s Wild Rice, Sunchoke, and Spring Greens Soup or tomorrow’s Wild Rice with Swiss Chard and Balsamic-Poached Figs. Cheese rinds become stock to be used in soup or as poaching liquid. Herbs bought and only partially used can be turned into salads, condiments, syrups, or vinaigrettes.
Beautifully illustrated by Diana Vassar, The Nimble Cook is a lesson in efficiency and flexibility that builds confidence in any cook.
Hardcover. Color illustrations throughout.