Perfectly Good Food Cookbook Review

Perfectly Good Food Cookbook Review

Title: Perfectly Good Food: A Totally Achievable Zero Waste Approach to Home Cooking
Author: Margaret Li and Irene Li
Published: June 20, 2023, W. W. Norton & Company
No. of Pages: 352
Cover Price: $28.00 Paperback, $11.99 Kindle

With the high cost of food, most of us are being more careful to eliminate waste in our kitchens. It seems that all of us let produce go to waste, or forget about leftovers in the back of our refrigerators. While sell-by dates are helpful, they, too are often overlooked. Cookbook authors, Margaret and Irene Li have assembled an excellent book to help all of us eliminate the waste in very appetizing and sometimes innovative ways. Perfectly Good Food: A Totally Achievable Zero Waste Approach to Home Cooking is a colorful and fun book that will help everyone save money and eat whatever happens to be in the fridge, freezer, or pantry shelf.
There are chapters covering different ingredients with ideas for using them up, such as herbs, vegetables, fruits, meats, poultry, and tofu. While some of the recipes are from different places throughout the world, most (or many) of the recipes have an Asian slant, and they are very appealing. The recipes are written in the traditional manner with notes at the beginning, and a list of ingredients followed by step-by-step instructions. Most of the recipes are also easy to prepare, and one positive is that each recipe has plenty of options for using up whatever is in your fridge.

While there are no photographs, the book includes colorful and adorable illustrations that make the book fun to read.

One thing that is missing from this book is an index; although the table of contents is good, it would be helpful to have an index to seek out whatever is in your kitchen to use up.

All told, this is one of those books that belongs on every cookbook shelf, and will be used often to eliminate kitchen waste.

Special thanks to NetGalley for supplying a review copy of this book.

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