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I love the concept of reinventing leftovers to assemble another meal and have been enjoying dipping into this book regularly since I bought it. The recipes are simple but delicious and a good springboard for inspiration for other dishes
As an American based book the menus gave me new ideas to try something different. I have to say though that the portions are huge if you stick rigidly to the recipes. I had to adapt the recipes,though of course she wants leftovers in order to do the”again” bit
I just love it!! My boyfriend bought it for me and what can I say? I already tried 3 recipes from the book and even a beginner like me has no chance to mess it lol. I also like the fact that the book focuses on how to use leftovers too, which can't be found in any other cookbook. I'm so in love with it and can't wait for the author to write the second one!
This is not a book about leftovers as much as it is about entertaining. Now and Again is structured by entire meal - about 3-4 dishes that can work for groups of 4-6. Worry not if you're only two, because the book also includes extremely clever tips for using leftovers.
I made an Italian lunch from the book, which included a baked ziti with ground turkey and creamy spinach mixed in, toasts with anchovy/garlic butter, and an arugula salad with pine nuts and lemon. The combination was a huge crowd pleaser, and the recipes were a joy - simple, no fuss, and no crazed steps. Very difficult to screw up.
At the end, about half the salad was leftover. Each meal has tips for leftovers, and in this case the author suggested I blend the arugula salad with garlic, olive oil, and salt to make pesto. And, well, it made a delicious pesto. From soggy salad to delicious pesto with hardly any effort - genius.
This book is brilliant in its simplicity. Easy to make yet impressive meals with no waste at the end. No need to think about what dishes to combine to form a meal - it's all planned out for you. I own about 30 cookbooks and this is my new favorite.
I am a huge fan of Julia's first cookbook, Small Victories, and it's now a go-to present for friends and family members of all cooking levels. I pre-ordered Now and Again and am once again thrilled. As always, her recipes are well-written and include thoughtful attention to detail for cooks who want to feed themselves and the folks they love without wasting food or money. I appreciated her creative interpretations of leftovers (e.g., the cauliflower and leftover salad soup) that encourage us to think a little differently or deliberately about what we cook. It's also always nice to know I'm not the only one who makes meatloaf just so she can have meatloaf sandwiches the next day!
Everything I have made so far (including the kale and pepita salad, the applesauce cake, Italian flag pasta bake, confetti meatloaf, eggs with coconut cilantro sauce, beef and zucchini meatballs) will stay in rotation for our household, and I'm looking forward to cooking through the rest of the book!
I already have dozens of cookbooks and mostly rely on the internet for new recipes these days but after hearing an interview with the author on a podcast (The Sporkful?), I was very interested in her book. I literally read it like a novel, from cover to cover. Each chapter is a full meal/menu and then has suggestions about how to use various leftovers. At the back she has a "List of 7's" with lists of 7 ways to use leftover rice, 7 ways to use leftover produce, leftover snacks, etc.
It's a really great book for the frugal foodie who doesn't like to see food go to waste and wants to be creative doing it.
This is my third book by Julia (the author)! She's a wonderful writer and the recipes are so easy to make. If you're looking for a cookbook that you will grab often when you want to spice up your leftovers, this is the book. You might also look for FEED the Resistance Cookbook if you want a cookbook with a cause attached to it! You will not regret getting these cookbook! The ”Seven List” in this book is the best addition! All cookbooks should be required to have this :-)
Finally! A cookbook elevates the leftovers that are inevitable (and often intentional!) from any big meal. Thank you Julia T, for addressing this so important topic with numerous new recipes for a wide range of leftovers — even wine! Would that every cookbook writer included info on how to transform leftovers, as well as proper storage and reheating tips. It's time to eat up ALL of our leftovers, people!!!
Also... this cook book is my new FAVORITE, because, in addition to the leftover recipes (Did I gush enough above??), it contains many wonderful recipes that I'm dying to try, with really readable writing, and gorgeous photos. This cookbook has it all. Thank you, Julia Turshen, I hope this book gets the attention it deserves. - J.O.