Inside you'll find the staples of my household (like soups, hummus and pizza) and dishes I might make on a Sunday morning when it's cold outside and the day has no structure. I'm thinking of the kind of day when time in the kitchen is only a pleasure. There's warmth from the stove, NPR on the radio and the tea kettle whistles frequently.
Some of these recipes became "mine" by adding or changing a few key ingredients. In others, I deleted an obscure or hard-to-get ingredient, like jicama (my apologies to jicama lovers). In a few of these recipes, I simplified preparation. Some are "mine" because I was lucky enough to have discovered them or been inspired by them. None are copied from the original without some tweaking and only a few are completely my own. All of them are truly favorites of mine.
The author suggest that if you are an original recipient of this book, you may already know too much about her. She used to play the accordian, for example. And, long ago in her eating life, she liked bottled French dressing on iceburg lettuce. She swears is was decades ago and that she has been rehabilitated.