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Paula Wolfert fussy??

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Paula Wolfert fussy??

Redbone | Jun 6, 2002 09:17 AM

OK, I may get pilloried for this, but I've been reading "Mediterranean Grains and Greens" again--I've had it for several years and never gotten very far. The reason? Many of the recipes involve really hard-to-get ingredients unless you live in a town with a significant Middle Eastern population (with no suggested substitutes), OR recipes for "simple" salads or soups require things like homemade chickpea rusks (2-page recipe) or rustic Cretan pasta which must be started 4 days ahead. OR she'll tell you about a fabulous thing that she had in some duty outpost which could never be recreated because you just couldn't GET the right ingredients.. Don't get me wrong--some reciped are lovely and look fairly simple, and as a travelogue the book is fascinating. I don't mind seeking out a few unusual ingredients--I already order my salt-packed capers and anchovies online. But it seems to me that she's advocating a daily diet based on these recipes, and I just don't see it happening. Am I just being a curmudgeon? Any other Wolfert books people find indispensable?

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