Picked up the long-requested, long-awaited Dinner: A Love Story by Jenny Rosenstrach at the library today, and have finished reading it. My interest in reading about cooking and the hallowed Family Dinner Ritual is, of late, inversely proportional to the amount of time bringing forth such a meal. For the past two or three months, Luke has been working on his album (purchase his EP here or on iTunes!) at precisely the narrow window betwist my work and my sleep.
It is so narrow, friends.
Without an audience, I languish as a cook. But flourish as a reader! [Dinner for the past two nights: blue corn chips and guacamole. For the man, late-night/early morning sandwich fixin's. I think. I am guessing.]
Hopefully we will get back in the swing of things with a more stable, in-sync schedule. And I will go back to America's Test Kitchen cookbooks.... I practice orthodox ATK-ism. Everything else just isn't tested enough... I keep a scrapbook of collected recipes, sayings, how-to-set-a-table diagrams, ingredient substitution lists, poems, and pictures -- it's mostly a cookbook, but I also have this chart from American Family Physician pasted in, tellingly. [I guess that's why when I found ATK years later this empiricist's heart skipped a beat].
from Ebell MH, Siwek J, Weiss BD, Woolf SH, Susman J, Ewigman B, et al. Strength of Recommendation Taxonomy (SORT): a patient-centered approach to grading evidence in the medical literature. Am Fam Physician 2004;69:549-57.
I suppose I've given ATK a strength-of-recommendation grade of A... and regard everyone else (ex: Dinner: A Love Story) as inspiration, not instruction. [Chris Kimball, I have been assimilated!]