I noticed David Tanis’s A Platter of Figs and Other Recipes on the recent arrivals shelf on my latest visit to the public library, and checked it out on a whim as I was on my way out the door. As it turns out, this is actually a cookbook I think I may want to buy, and I am trying to decide whether I should wait for a paperback version or just spring for it now in hardcover. It has been my browsing-before-bed book these past several evenings, and has given me all kinds of ideas. The fact that it is beautifully illustrated and laid out is certainly in its favor but the simple recipes — most of which are more lessons/guideposts than recipes as such — stand out as well. This is the sort of get-a-feel-for-it kind of cooking I tend to do, inspired by quality produce and meats, and it makes me eager to be back in Madison, hitting up the farmer’s market and cooking away with friends.