Mon 27 Sep 2010 11:57 am
It’s been a busy year.
Our biggest and most delightful project, of course, is this wonderful new arrival.
But I also had the pleasure of doing some work on Nathan Myhrvold’s Modernist Cuisine, the 2,400-page opus that David Chang called “the cookbook to end all cookbooks” and Tim Zagat said was “the most important book in the culinary arts since Escoffier.” My part was that of a tiny cog in a big centrifuge, so to speak, but, even so, I haven’t found a project so fascinating and educational and fun since… well, ever. I’ll write more before the 6-volume book’s release in March, but in the meantime this article sums up the big picture pretty well.
Beyond that, here are a couple things I’ve been nibbling on:
In “Waste Not, Want Not” in the Seattle Times, Iron Chef winner Maria Hines and Christina Choi showed me how restaurant kitchens can teach home cooks lessons in frugality.
Don’t miss out on the last sweet days of pluot season. Pluots? Yes, if you try to get to the bottom of what exactly a pluot is, it’s complicated. Chip Brantley devoted an entire (great) book to that topic. But all you really need to know, as I wrote here in the Times, is that they’re reliably more tasty than either their plum mothers or apricot dads. (Or apricot great-uncles, or second cousins twice removed — never mind).
Get recommendations on some of the best Washington cheeses you won’t find in your supermarket here.
For a city supposedly wired on caffeine, this used to be a tough place to find a solid late-night meal. No more. As I wrote in Sunset magazine, Seattle’s woken up. Got a 3 a.m. craving for a bistro burger with Painted Hills beef and Beecher’s Cheese? We know the place. (Even more midnight bites have opened since the article ran, including Homegrown on Capitol Hill).
Here in Seattle’s Child, where I write regularly about kids and food, I fulfilled a longtime goal of using the words “stracciatella” and “Choco Taco” in the same story.
Over at the Christian Science Monitor, where I regularly contribute to the “Chapter and Verse” blog and review books, I talk about Gwyneth Paltrow, Amazon.com rankings, and carrot coconut soup with Urban Pantry’s Amy Pennington, get tips on the changing field of food writing from Dianne Jacob, and pine over memories of Scott McCloud’s “Zot!” (Zot! has nothing to do with food, I know, but now and then I have to remind myself of my teenage years among Mylar bags and the Overstreet Price Guide).
Finally, you can usually find me on Al Dente, talking about things like the best ginger scones ever, a remarkably unscientific list of the 50 best cookbooks in history, and how to give your wok a facial.
Thank you all for reading along, for bearing with me during the months my out-of-office email was on, and for all your good wishes. I hope your year has been equally joyful and full.