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I Am Such A Cooking Geek

Actually, I'm rapidly turning into Mom Pony.

See, Aunt Finduilas gave me a couple of Amazon.com gift certificates. By virtue of a little hunting and judicious shipping selection, I was able to get both a really nice new ethnomusicology book that a friend of mine just wrote and Julia Child and Company, a cookbook (by Julia Child, of course) that's almost as old as I am. Mom Pony has an ancient, battered, stained copy of this, and I've loved looking at the color photographs since forever. Mom Pony makes some of the dishes on a fairly regular basis, and I really like them, so I decided that I needed my own copy. (Plus, a lot of the recipes call for vermouth, and I have a bottle of vermouth, left over from a failed experiment with martinis, that I want to use up.)

The cookbook came today. I am very excited! I have to page through and see what lovely things I might be able to cook up for my friends now.

Does this make me a complete and total cooking geek, or what?


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Jan. 10th, 2008 12:06 am (UTC)
No, total geekhood has you posting your recipes and critiquing them so that we can all learn from your experiments! Seriously, if you come up with anything good, please share at will. I'm always looking for new recipes. Always.
Jan. 10th, 2008 12:09 am (UTC)
I'll let you know the next time I improvise!
Jan. 10th, 2008 12:13 am (UTC)
Or heck, just mention the Julia Child recipe and the page numer. If it's perfect the way she says to do it, I can always get it from the library (I think). My mother might actually have a copy of that book too....
Jan. 10th, 2008 02:29 am (UTC)
I enjoy cooking, although I don't usually do Julia Child stuff. I have one of her cookbooks somewhere. I used to love watching her on TV. She was hilarious. She'd take a hit of the cooking sherry and once dropped some hunk of meat on the floor and picked it up, put it back on the platter, and said that was one of the good things about being alone in the kitchen.
Jan. 10th, 2008 02:33 am (UTC)
There's a wonderful video of her at the Museum of Science and Industry, in the evolution section. She's cooking "Primordial Soup." If you come to Chicago, I will take you to see it. It cracks me up every time.
Jan. 10th, 2008 05:10 am (UTC)
Not a complete and total cooking geek yet, I think, but perhaps on your way.

Failed martinis, eh? Never developed a taste for them myself, but I do like vermouth. *wonders if there's any left in the house*
Jan. 10th, 2008 02:33 pm (UTC)
Technically, it wasn't the martini that failed. I made it correctly; the martini was probably the first drink I ever knew how to mix, thanks to Tom Lehrer. "Hearts full of youth, hearts full of truth, / Six parts gin to one part vermouth!" I'd never actually had one before until my best friend called with some mildly interesting news regarding the success of martinis made with different brands of gin, and how the cheaper gin had made the best martini, and we both decided to go and try martinis. It turned out that neither of us actually liked them, so we went back to our old drinks (gin and tonics for him, screwdrivers and Cuba Libres for me).

And now I have a bottle of extra-dry French vermouth sitting around just waiting for Julia Child.
Jan. 15th, 2008 03:16 am (UTC)
I did understand what you said; I just didn't make it clear in my response.

I've never cared for martinis myself but could drink any of your faves. (Well, would probably go for vodka & tonic rather than gin & tonic but I could drink the latter.)
Jan. 10th, 2008 01:22 pm (UTC)
You mean the four food groups aren't take out, eat in, canned and frozen?

I like cooking every so often, actually. Cooking for one isn't all that thrilling, but if I'm organized I freeze portions for later use and that is very nice.
Jan. 10th, 2008 02:34 pm (UTC)
I have no problem with leftovers, because they make good school lunches. I just make full recipes of whatever I want, then stick them in the fridge and eat them down. Then I cook again. I usually only cook twice a week, which keeps it from becoming a major chore.
Jan. 10th, 2008 01:47 pm (UTC)
A cooking geek in the making, I think!

I'd love to love cooking. But it's so much hassle and mess...
Jan. 10th, 2008 02:34 pm (UTC)
But . . . but . . . the mess is part of the fun!

Also the bit about using large knives on veggies and poultry.
Jan. 10th, 2008 10:39 pm (UTC)
Oh my. I think my Mom has a copy of that somewhere. I know she's also got a copy of some cookbook from the early fifties, when she was in college. An actual cooking text book. And a BEAUTIFUL Betty Crocker cooky cookbook from the year like...ONE. :)

Jan. 11th, 2008 04:42 am (UTC)
I think I'm going to try the Chocolate Chip Spice Pound Cake for the singing at my place on Thursday. That looks goooooood.

Somewhere, I've got a reprint edition of a book of old 19th century Virginia recipes. Most of them contain ham, so I can't make them, but it's fun to read the book anyway.
Jan. 12th, 2008 12:22 am (UTC)
Sounds like fun to me! I am so into cooking since we finished the kitchen. We have been to the Williams-Sonoma store every weekend for a while. Fun and tasty (and probably an explanation for why I've gained so much weight)...
Jan. 12th, 2008 12:40 am (UTC)
The arrival of the Julia Child book and the continued emptying of the Co-Op have been quite a combination. Fortunately, I was able to find most of the ingredients for the cake I want to make for Thursday. Everything except the mace. I think I might actually have a little mace somewhere in my great jumble bin of a spice cabinet. And if I don't, well, mace is just part of a nutmeg, and I know I have nutmeg.
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