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Friday, September 09, 2005
Enough with the editorializing.
In keeping with my recent consumption of culinary-relatedmedia from the Seattle library, I borrowed Jacques Pepin's The Apprentice: My Life in the Kitchen. It's a memoir about his career as a chef, and it includes some of his favorite recipes. So I was looking at the first recipe of the book, Eggs Jeannette, which has the instruction "Put the eggs in a small saucepan, and cover with boiling water. Bring to a very gentle boil...." Okay. Even I can see something is wrong there--if the water is already boiling, how can you bring it to a boil? But another reader actually crossed out "boiling" and wrote in "cold" above it. Now, I can almost see that. The reader is concerned that a less culinary-minded person would desperately want to make Eggs Jeannette and would be confused with the wording. All right. But when I got to the next recipe, Maman's Cheese Souffle, I started getting a little upset. Next to "1/2 teaspoon salt" in the ingredient list, this reader has drawn a little question mark. What does that mean? Does the reader think it's too much salt? Not enough salt? Again, okay, this person feels that it's necessary to correct the recipes (albeit cryptically) for other readers.
But THEN I get to a little passage where Pepin is describing how his fingertips were completely blistered with burns from turning meat on a grill, because his head chef forbade them from sticking forks into the cooking meat (the juices would run out). So our favorite reader has written in the margin, "chopsticks!" Now you're just showing off. Jacques Pepin could have learned a lesson from you! All subsequent borrowers of this library book will know how smart you are! I say, enough with the editorializing. (Hey...maybe I should write that in the book! Of course, that would render this whole rant completely hypocritical.)
Besides getting angry about library books, I bought an awesome shirt yesterday. I love Threadless so much, but I only buy shirts from them when they're on sale, which means I miss out on a lot of greatdesigns. But this--buy a shirt for $10 and they'll donate $20 to the hurricane relief effort--man, that's just awesome. Good job, guys.