“The Daily Feast: Everyday Meals We Love to Share” is exactly that. This cookbook is authored by the Graber family, Esther Rose Graber and her six daughters. I picked up an autographed copy (one of my collecting quirks–autographed cookbooks) at Found, the Graber family gallery in Goshen, Indiana.
I love the way the book is set up. Each family member has a section with 3 meal plans: a favorite soup supper, a favorite family supper, and a favorite guest dinner. I also love that the recipes are straightforward, have a normal number of ingredients, and explore the world of spices, flavors, and traditions. The families travels have taken them to exotic locales and it shows in their cooking. As our world gets smaller, it isn’t strange or difficult to stock kaffir lime leaves or garam masala any more and this cookbook provides plenty of opportunity to use more exotic ingredients in a context of every day cooking.
I’ve recently made The Turkish Style Chicken Kabobs, Turkish Ottoman Rice Casserole, and the Wilted Spinach Salad. My son gobbled this up and didn’t seem the wiser that I had mixed components of the family supper with the guest dinner! I’ve also been in a soup mood, so I made the Potato, Kale and Sausage Soup (using super spicy sausage and extra kale)–another hit with my son. Later this week I plan on making the Thai Ginger Chicken Soup–adding some veggies–thinking green beans and butternut squash and the Chocolate Truffle Cheesecake for a friend’s birthday.
Wow, writing all of that down made me realize how inspirational this cookbook is too. The recipes are fun, easy and delicious to make and I am thinking about hosting a fall dinner party. You can’t ask much more from a cookbook!