Wednesday, November 05, 2008

The Most Useful Cookbook of all time

Wow, what an interesting endorsement for a book. The NYTimes has an article on Simon Hopkinson, who wrote a cookbook called "Roast Chicken and Other Stories," which was awarded "The Most Useful Cookbook of All Time" by his British "food-world peers." (I'm assuming this means other chefs?)

It certainly sounds interesting - from how I interpret it, Hopkinson melds a practical view of cooking with a pursuit of functional quality:
For the record, Mr. Hopkinson denies being a perfectionist. “What is all the sieving and straining for?” he asked during a discussion of cream soups. “All this striving after perfection, and to what end?” However, he is driven nearly mad by carelessly peeled potatoes, badly washed lettuce and what he views as mindless innovation. “Why on earth would anyone put cumin in mint sauce for lamb, or a Caesar dressing on bibb lettuce?” he asked, wincing in genuine pain. “There’s no reason for it.”
Anyways, it looks like the article may have pushed to run out and buy his books, as Roast Chicken and Other Stories is out of stock on Amazon. However, his follow-up, Second Helpings of Roast Chicken, also mentioned in the article, is available.

I'm going to have to check this out. This really sounds like something I'd enjoy.


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