The Minimalist – February 7th

Around Thanksgiving I spent about four hours in a row just watching the videos Mark Bittman, The Minimalist, made.  And they got me so excited.  They made me so hungry.  More to the point, they made me want to cook.  This is a recently-discontinued treasure of a column from the New York Times, with recipes and tutorials for almost any kind of food you can think of, including Jim Lahey’s famous no-knead bread starring Jim Lahey, which I have made and been very completely seduced by*.  It’s food well thought through, but some of it is extremely modest and simple – scrambled eggs with shrimp – although there are also such time-consuming endeavours as homemade pasta included.  Beware the good food writer, though, and run from his extraordinary cameraman.  You’ll find that structured study has disappeared without so much as a nod in chemistry’s direction.

*In fairness, I actually used the barely-altered Cook’s Illustrated version, which claimed to be more consistently successful.  It’s something I’m eager to test.

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