Innovative ... even as she probes obscure details, Ms. Linford never loses her infectious, chatty voice ... There are plenty of other sources to consult if you are looking for practical cooking instructions. For curious cooks, The Missing Ingredient offers a unique perspective on how food is produced. Paging through the book is time well spent.
Clever and original ... an eloquent plea to see the creation and consumption of good food as something more than an annoying interruption ... a quietly brilliant and original idea for a book. A thoughtful food writer who deserves to be better known ... [a] gentle book.