by Sybil PrattApril, 2007
Flavorful fast food that you can make at home is the cooking mantra of the moment (and a long, lingering moment it is), but I was surprised to see that Nancy Silverton, doyenne of dough, chef/founder of the famed La Brea Bakery and award-winning cookbook author, has taken it up. And I think that she surprised herself, too: For me to write a book in which a jar of mayonnaise is even mentioned is revolutionary. But it's a revolution that I felt had to happen. To aid and abet that revolution and the millions of folks who don't have the time to make everything in a recipe from scratch but do want more than takeout, Nancy advocates the quality pre-made aid that comes in jars, cans, bags and boxes. She calls her revolutionary tract A Twist of the Wrist and offers 137 recipes that take advantage of the fabulous, readily available array of imported and homegrown products you can use to create satisfying entrÅ½es, soups, salads and desserts. You can jazz up a box of purÅ½ed corn soup with bacon and cheddar crostini; serve seared filet of beef on canned cannellini beans, topped with jarred olive tapenade; finish a meal with Greek yogurt swathed in orange marmalade and crowned with a scoop of orange sorbet. A twist of that wrist is all it takes.