November 29th, 2005


Tomato sauce (because I'm bored)

I'm currently rereading Amanda Hesser's Cooking for Mr. Latte, in which she uses her food columns for the New York Times Magazine to record her courtship and marriage to a man who (quelle horreur) ordered a latte after their first dinner together. Still not sure why that's bad.

Anyway, she devotes two of the chapters/columns to the theme of "Repertoire" - having a collection of recipes/dishes that we have made over and over again, perfecting them and relying upon them when we need to make dinner every night, or cook in unfamiliar locations. She didn't have one because, as a food writer/restaurant critic/whatever, she felt compelled to constantly innovate, constantly make new dishes, not to repeat old ones. And now she felt the need.

And she's right. Because with a few basic recipes/dishes, and the confidence knowing them thoroughly brings, someone who needs to cook or likes to cook will have life that much easier.

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