Books by Maria Elia
NPR stories about Maria Elia
There's something sweetly avant-garde about the recipes in Maria Elia's The Modern Vegetarian, a book that loves its grains and vegetables for their own sake, not for their ability to masquerade as meat or camouflage its absence.
This year's crop of spring and summer cookbooks is a sprawling, eclectic collection, hard to summarize and harder to sort. In these books we find a world of thrilling arcana, seemingly custom tailored for a summer in which eating in looks to be the greatest adventure of all.