This week I read two exceptional books: Eat by Nigel Slater and Being Mortal by Atul Gawande. Although they seem to be at opposite ends of the spectrum, both are provocative, comforting, and beautifully written.
When I finished the book, I thought, "Gee, this guy is really a genius. He should get one of those MacArthur grants." He has.
For more information on this book and the good doctor, go to http://atulgawande.com/book/being-mortal/
I had never heard of Nigel Slater, before but I understand he is one of the most popular chefs in England (although he insists he's a cook, not a chef). From this book, I know he is clever, practical and fun.
Here's one of his recipes:
Poor Man's Potatoes
For 2. Frugal, rich, nourishing
Wipe 1 pound of new potatoes and halve them. Heat a little olive oil in a shallow pan, place the potatoes in it cut side down and leave them to cook. Halve and see 2 large yellow or red peppers, cut them into long strips and add to the pan. Peel and finely slice a large yellow or red onion and add it to the potatoes and butter along with a large knob of butter. Leave to cook, with the occasional stir, until the potatoes are nicely golden and the onion is starting to soften. Pour in 1 2/3
While you are pondering the large questions raised in Being Mortal, I would advise making something delicious from Eat. Savor, savor, savor!