What to Cook When You Think There's Nothing in the House to Eat: More Than 175 Recipes and Meal Ideas

Arthur Schwartz, Author Harper Perennial $30 (275p) ISBN 978-0-06-055326-5
Schwartz's forthright yet somewhat misleading title doesn't do justice to the New York Daily News columnist's contribution to home cooking at its simple best. ``Meant for those who have only elementary cooking skills, as well as ingredients, but still think something cooked from scratch at home--no matter how basic--is more rewarding to eat than something picked up from the frozen food case or a takeout shop,'' the book is organized around easily acquired ingredients, with the shelf lives of most thoroughly, if light-headedly, discussed. (``If matzoh doesn't exactly last forever,'' quips Schwartz, ``at least it lasts from one Passover to the next, which is about how often I buy it.'') Included are concoctions like spaghetti with black olives and orange peel, and basic white risotto, as well as pure comfort fare (classic crisp peanut butter cookies) and ethnic feel-good foods from matzoh brei to quesadillas. Even sophisticated cooks will uncover good ideas and information here and be able, as the author suggests, to satisfy a ``midnight appetite, an unexpected guest, or any other last-minute or `emergency'sic situation.'' Illustrations not seen by PW. (Jan.)
Reviewed on: 01/01/1992
Release date: 01/01/1992
Paperback - 288 pages - 978-0-06-095559-5
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