Cooking the Book
The first spark of desire to reboot this blog came in late 2011 with the discovery of a cookbook. I had spent the better part of a year alternately searching for and whining about the lack of truly great cookbooks or Web sites featuring meals for just two people (yes, yes, I know, instead of whining and searching, I should have been working to make it happen here. And I’m sure my husband thinks so, too, but he also knows sometimes I have to work these things out for myself. And whine a little…). I even raised my voice in a bookshop when Mr. Kitchenette asked, rather pointedly, why I was sitting on the floor, surrounded by cookbooks and frowning at them (“Even the damn ‘newlywed’ cookbooks seldom have recipes for four! Or six!! Whiskey Tango Foxtrot, over??!?”).
But then I found one.
Bless you, editors at America’s Test Kitchen.
Since I already have another cookbook born from the hard labor of America’s Test Kitchen, I knew I wasn’t just getting a great collection of recipes but also a ton of tips, cookware and gadget recommendations and the trial-and-error tale of how each recipe came about. Worth. Every. Penny. I hadn’t had it in my hands for very long before I knew what I had to do in 2012: cook my way through this cookbook, blogging about what how the recipes turn out, what I learn about cooking (and shopping) for two along the way and how this experiment informs and changes the way I develop my own recipes for two.
I hope you’ll snag a copy and come with me.