I just borrowed a copy of “Extra Helping” by Janet Elsbach from the library. I’ve been browsing through it this morning and I immediately fell in love with it. No bells and whistles (no food photography whatsoever; decidedly coffee table-resistant in the same vein as Moosewood books, which I also love; cozy woodcut print used throughout). Instead, Elsbach shares personal history stories of illness, births, deaths that she ties back to food, written with plain, lovely language while completely avoiding emotional/self-help territory.
My brother and his family are coming from NY this coming weekend to visit my dad in RI, who is having serious health issues. And mom needs me to feed everyone (6 adults, 3 toddlers). I will largely stick to tried-and-true dishes, but I’d love to try at least 1 or 2 dishes from this book. I don’t have time to test any recipes. I can tell I’m going to enjoy cooking from it; my question is, has anyone cooked from this book? If not, I’ll close my eyes, point at something in the TOC and hope for the best!