I love A Platter of Figs by David Tanis.
He asks the age-old question: Do you really need a recipe for a platter of figs?
(OK, maybe it's not an age-old question, but still...)
Truth be told, much of what we cook really doesn't need a recipe. Too many cookbooks out there have long, involved recipes for ... well, a platter of figs.
David Tanis respects his food. He spends half of his year as the chef at Chez Panisse and the other half of the years cooking in Paris. (So, really we HATE him!)
This book has lovely, practical advice. If you can shop, you can cook from this cookbook, and in the end, isn't that what you want to do? Here's what Tanis says about his book:
"What can you learn from this book? That a party can be any gathering of eaters at a table. That a fine meal doesn't have to necessarily be elaborate. The best meals mirror nature and celebrate the seasonal."
What more do you want? Or need?
Goat Cheese with Honey
Two 6-ounce logs mild goat cheese
Chestnut honey or other artisanal honey
Slice each goat cheese log into 5 pieces with a thin sharp knife or cheese wire. Arrange the cheese on a platter. Top each round with a good teaspoonful of honey.
You so want to eat this for dessert. P.S. if you don't have a cheese wire, use dental floss -- the best cheese wire in your medicine cabinet! Unflavored, please.
Yesterday we issued the:
Cookbook Of The Day Challenge:
1. Go to your shelf and pull out your favorite cookbook.
2. Check the purchase price.
3. Donate that amount to Feeding America.
We took the challenge with A Platter of Figs. Don't forget to donate!!