Mike Beversluis

Sunday, May 02, 2010

Foodie vs, food

Fried chicken cookoff:  The Pioneer Woman Cookbook vs. Thomas Keller

Before you take the trouble of preparing a fried-chicken dinner, there's a decision to make: Just how much trouble? There are populist cookbooks that promise basic recipes for basic people. These take shortcuts and try to speed the process. Meanwhile, lots of fancy, big-name chefs write folksy cookbooks for the little guy, too. But it's a very specific sort of little guy they have in mind—the kind willing to toil for days on end just to get food on the table.

I like to think that there's a happy middle ground out there - in fact, I think that the America's Test Kitchen books often hit it.

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