In this, his first non-menu cookbook, the "New York Times" food columnist offers 100 utterly delicious recipes that epitomize comfort food, Tanis-style. Individually or in combination, they make perfect little meals that are elemental and accessible, yettotally surprising and there's something to learn on every page. Among the chapter titles there's Bread Makes a Meal, which includes such alluring recipes as a ham and Gruyere bread pudding, spaghetti and bread crumbs, breaded eggplant cutlets, and David's version of egg-in-a-hole. A chapter called My Kind of Snack includes quail eggs with flavored salt; speckled sushi rice with toasted nori; polenta pizza with crumbled sage; raw beet tartare; and mackerel rillettes. The recipes in Vegetables to Envy range from a South Indian dish of cabbage with black mustard seeds to French grandmother style vegetables. Strike While the Iron Is Hot is all about searing and quick cooking in a cast-iron skillet. Another chapter highlights dishes you can eat from a bowl with a spoon. And so it goes, with one irrepressible chapter after another, one perfect food moment after another: this is a book with recipes to crave.