Sorry I didn’t make it into class today. Wouldn’t want to get you all sick.
Forget Charlieissocoollike, his friends at SortedFood are way cooler (though their video featuring him is fun). This is a YouTube channel featuring a few clueless guys in a kitchen that makes me so jealous I want to KILL SOMEBODY. Anyway, the deal with them is that they make little cooking tutorials for starving students like us about how to avoid eating all your meals at a cheap kebab house (admittedly not an option for us – shoot me) or out of a shrink-wrapped package. They also have a web site where they post all their recipes (which range from weird things like chocolate cake baked in a microwave, in a mug, to pasta carbonara), and it’s worth having a look. I like them because they’re not preachy health nuts, the videos are very polished and professional, and they have silly recipes like jelly shots, too. I was very surprised when I started watching SortedFood, because it didn’t irritate me nearly as much as American food shows do. So, that’s nice. Hopefully you’ll agree.
On another note: my first career goal was sort of crushed when I realized (decided?) that Cookbooks, along with the rest of printed media, Are, if not Dead, terminally ill. Morbid and cynical eleven-year-old that I was, I told myself that this society was already closing the Terri Schiavo-esque debate and turning off the life-support on books. Yet people still give them to me all the time and I think you’re an idiot if you take your laptop into the kitchen to read recipes off it. But I’ll still search a food blog to find what I want before leafing through the index of a heavy book, even if I trust it more. What are the books you and your families still use faithfully? I will never abandon The Gourmet Cookbook’s yellow cake or Joy’s choux pastry. And what about food magazines (RIP, Gourmet Magazine. Conde Nast, may you burn eternally in Hell!)? I love Cook’s Illustrated in paper form, but a lot of food publications are being read online rather than ordered lately.
Of course, there’s cross-over. I received for my bat mitzvah a book called Eat Tweet, a Twitter cookbook, a 5 X 7 inch volume that fits about eight recipes on each page.
Feedback, people. Is the age of the cookbook over?