[LMB] OT:Cookbooks

Aruvqan aruvqan at gmail.com
Tue Jan 17 15:25:07 GMT 2017

On 1/17/2017 3:08 AM, I wrote:
>> ----- Original Message -----
>> From: Howard Brazee
>> I wonder how many cookbooks are never used to actually cook 
>> something, and how many have maybe one or two recipes tried.
>> -- 
> I nominally have two I haven't cooked from, but they are special cases:
> A taste of history. This has each section covering a specific period 
> of human civilisation and is about half and half historical and 
> scientific background with the other half being redactions of either 
> period recipes or, for the earlier sections, from archeological evidence.
I regularly cook food ranging from Imperial Roman, through medieval 
European and Persian to Mongolian filtered through Imperial Chinese 
using repro cookbooks, and more modern stuff ranging from classical 
French through the newest ideas in sous vide cooking. Cooking is fun 
when you look at it as a chance to be an adult and play with your food =)

I have to admit, I do have a bit more experience cooking oddly, I just 
watched "Fanny's Last Dinner" on Netflix, a recreation of a meal from 
about 1900 done by the guy who is responsible for "America's Test 
Kitchen" and I am a bit whiney about it all - there was a comment that 
[effectively] nobody cooks like this any more, and they had issues 
sourcing calves heads and feet, and I would have LOVED to have been a 
fly on the wall when they called Maryland's Game Conservation department 
to ask when terrapin season was [those type of turtles are endangered, 
there is no hunting - though I bet you might be able to source some from 
zoos, zoos frequently are trying to shed excess animals.] The good part 
of the documentary was they actually spent 18 months learning how to 
make things from scratch, get the proper timing down and learn how to 
cook on a coal converted to wood stove and use appropriate kitchen 
tools. Though I have this intense desire to walk up to him and slap him 
with a printout of people who regularly do all that [Ivan Day, 
Associated with Britain's Hampton Court is a major educator in period 
cooking, and Jas Townsend's crew regularly do 17th century cooking.] Not 
to mention, if I in small town America can find calves parts, how 
someone in freaking Metropolitan BOSTON with all of its 
halal/kosher/random ethnicity groceries and butchers has trouble finding 
cow parts is beyond me.

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