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Book Review - Slices of Life by Leah Eskin

Slices of Life: A Food Writer Cooks through Many a ConundrumSlices of Life: A Food Writer Cooks through Many a Conundrum by Leah Eskin
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

I'm a sucker for cookbooks.  I have an ever growing collection and nearly no space for them.  Slices of Life is a collection of columns that Leah wrote for the Chicago Tribune. Some were really interesting, some were okay, and some I barely glanced at, I did however read every recipe and bookmarked at least 10*.

Last night was one of those days when The Jojo and I had just enough time to whip up a quick dinner before running out of the house.  Pasta is always a great option for that, and since I had just finished reading this book, I remembered one of those bookmarked recipes. You have to be careful when reading an unedited copy of a cookbook or book with a recipe or two in it, because there could be errors but Leah's Emergency Pasta seemed perfect to whip up and adjust to our tastes.  The recipe calls for olive oil, red pepper flakes, salt and garlic to be sauteed while the pasta is boiling. We adjusted the amount of red pepper flakes from a "fat pinch" to a "tiny pinch" and instead of using 4 cloves of thinly sliced garlic we used about 2 cloves finely chopped.  After you mixed the pasta in with the sauteed mixture you top with grated cheese and parsley.  Both Jojo and I swore we had parsley, but nope, none to be found.  Even with our adjustments this was a yummy and quick meal.

This recipe goes along with a story that talks about a busy day: typical school day followed practices and lessons and the need to run your child(ren) to and from these events.  Only, now you arrive home and there is no dinner so you need to whip something up quick and all you find is "dried pasta, hard cheese, and garlic." I think everyone has had one of these days, those with kids and those without kids.  It seems were always on the run, so having one of these emergency meal plans is always great.

I can't wait to try more of my bookmarked recipes including: Cheerful Risotto, Herb Butter, Coffeehouse Scones, Challah, Carrot Puree, both Classic and Berry Smoothie **,  Banana Bread, Ricotta-Stuff Focaccia, Runaway Pasta, Eggplant Involtini, High-Speed Shrimp and many more!

I received an ebook ARC from Netgalley for an honest review.

*This means I can buy the book and bring it into the house!
**I'm always on the hunt for new smoothie recipes.

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