Re: [] Patterns in Cooking

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From: Jenny Mather
Subject: Re: [] Patterns in Cooking
Date: 13:30 on 29 Jun 2007
so what's the book??.........

On 29/06/07, Simon Wistow <> wrote:
> Over the weekend I got recommend this book which calls itself
> "vegetarian improvisational peasant fusion cuisine for the 22nd century"
> It's totally free to download but is also available as a physical copy.
> What's interesting about it is that - and this is why, from a skim
> reading, I think it's brilliant, it's a cookery book, not a recipe book.
> It talks about the "pattern" of a recipe - the syntax for a particular
> dish or class of dishes. For example chapter 4 has a section called 'the
> pattern "how to curry anything you damn well please"' and has paragraphs
> like
> "the key with cooking dry spices is to brown them enough to release
>   their flavors. most spices you buy have traveled magnificent
>   distances and have lost much of their potency along the way. any
>   remaining umph can be released through heat - mix your spices
>   together, sprinkle the mixture over your becoming-curry after the
>   wet spices have been given a chance to brown, and stir constantly.
>   they will threaten to burn and you WILL NOT BACK DOWN. continue to
>   stir until you can smell every element of your spice mixture (even
>   the salt, dammitt) in every corner of the house. only then may you
>   go on. if you stop earlier you will end up with the grainy powdered
>   taste of weakness instead of the full mystical flavors of The
>   Orient."
> and in general goes into what something should look, feel and smell like
> when it's done and more importantly - Why.
> It also has variations on recipes which are, if not completely
> different, then sufficently different to instil in you the sense that
> There's More Than One Way To Do It.
> I have to admit I haven't read the book cover to cover yet nor have I
> actually cooked anything form it but I'd like (or hope) to think that if
> I wrote a book on cooking it wouldn't be a million miles from this
> because form a first glance I agree with everything, even the stuff I
> don't agree with.

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