I just discovered Tamara Adler and her book An Everlasting Meal. I have only read excerpts and reviews–my library copy will arrive next week 🙂 but her philosophy is very close to mine. To reuse and recycle even as you cook, such as using boiling water to cook vegetables as well as pasta in the same meal–no need to fill a new pot of water!
Her site has several lovely wordless videos. How to Stride Ahead, Part 2, showing how to roast vegetables for the entire week.
People often say, I don’t have time to cook! Eating simple, unprocessed food is essential for a healthy life–it’s important to make time for simple, elegant cooking. Elegant doesn’t mean fancy, gourmet etc. A boiled egg is elegant. Roasted vegetables on a plate you like are elegant. The Wikipedia definition: Elegance is a synonym for beauty that has come to acquire the additional connotations of unusual effectiveness and simplicity. I love this definition for the last part, which bears repeating– elegance has “…the additional connotations of unusual effectiveness and simplicity.”
Effective simplicity. That’s the standard we might consider when we think of cooking a meal.