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2012-03-19 12:30:15 PM
ts1.mm.bing.net

I don't think Ozzy wrote every word of this book either, but it doesn't make it any less of a good read...if you like Rock N' Roll that is.
 
2012-03-19 12:30:18 PM

Foundling: Tried making Bobby Flay's fried chicken recipe.
In the process I realized that he doesn't wash his own dishes; every utensil, bowl and pan I owned was dirty halfway through.
I monitored the fat temperature closely and watched the time very carefully.
Half the chicken was burnt, half was raw. Sheets of breading were coming off.

I happened to catch an episode of "Boy Meets Grill" where I watched him cook it; he whipped it up, turned on the heat and just let it go while him and his wife chatted for the camera. Never checked temperature, never measured the amount of time.
On TV, his looked like KFC or Banquet frozen chicken.

I feel a little like I've been lied to. I now buy fried chicken already done from the local grocery stores.


If it helps, fried chicken is a cook by feel thing. I'm not sure I'd believe that you COULD do it right checking carefully, because a lot of the art of frying is disturbing the food as little as possible while still keeping it loose and moving. Off hand, it sounds like your chicken wasn't room temperature, or still had an icy spot. Also sounds like your oil wasn't deep enough. Breading comes off like that usually when either the food is too wet (usually because it's still slightly frozen or wet from defrosting) and the batter doesn't get a good bind all the way around from either bottoming out too quickly or sticking to other pieces.

I'm just now getting confident with really good at home frying. It's a lost art, unless you grow up in a greasy southern kitchen.
 
2012-03-19 12:30:25 PM

masercot: There is only ONE cookbook. Fanny Farmer.


ruhlman.com
Actually, there are 5 cookbooks. And a kitchen manual.
 
2012-03-19 12:30:47 PM

Eddy Gurge: The best celebrity recipe. (new window)

Late Night Bacon
Yield: 4 servings


You put 8 pieces of bacon out for 4 people late at night, you will have a riot on your hands.
 
2012-03-19 12:31:42 PM

Swiss Colony: obvious


Agreed.

If chefs had to test, tweak, and revise every recipe that they 'authored', they'd never get close to publishing as many books. This is why cookbooks almost always have co-authors or ghost writers.

It took Julia Child, Simone Beck, and Louisette Bertholle nearly a decade to research and test all the recipes for Mastering the Art of French Cooking, and Volume 2 of that work (published 9 years later, still) consists in no small part of recipes which were cut from Volume 1!
 
2012-03-19 12:31:56 PM
I'd rather that the recipes were scrupulously tested. Ingrid Hoffman's cookbook (new window) had this recipe that she says is her family's favorite. But the print version is wrong (I think it has you use a cup of ketchup) and it just tastes like shrimp smothered in ketchup (hork!).
 
2012-03-19 12:33:28 PM

masercot: Fanny Farmer.


"Yeah! His only crime was being born delicious!!"

/obscure?

Alton Brown did an in=store where I used to work. He made pressure-cooker chili and it was damn fine.
 
2012-03-19 12:33:28 PM

SlothB77: wait, i thought gwyneth paltrow was a country singer?


She raps nice.
 
2012-03-19 12:34:06 PM
my favourite celebrity chef:

allwalks.org
 
2012-03-19 12:34:59 PM
Umm, marketing 101?
 
2012-03-19 12:36:32 PM

Ctrl-Alt-Del: PAULA DEEN'S SPARKLING WATER

INGREDIENTS:
1 glass sparkling water
1 ham

DIRECTIONS:
Put ham in water.


You forgot the stick of butter.
 
2012-03-19 12:38:53 PM

Ctrl-Alt-Del: The Goddamn Batman: Eddy Gurge: The best celebrity recipe. (new window)

The second best. (new window)

Now that she's got the diabeetus, she's offering healthier recipes

Paula Deen's Fruit Salad

INGREDIENTS:
- 1 lb. bag of Skittles
- 3 cups ranch dressing

DIRECTIONS:
Mix well. Serve room temperature.


Snicker I did.But is it diabetes friendly?
 
2012-03-19 12:38:55 PM
Do not care. A recipe is guidelines, not instructions. Unless you're baking. In which case they're instructions. Except for bread, when they're guidelines.
 
2012-03-19 12:39:05 PM

javery: Ctrl-Alt-Del: PAULA DEEN'S SPARKLING WATER

INGREDIENTS:
1 glass sparkling water
1 ham

DIRECTIONS:
Put ham in water.

You forgot the stick of butter.


Ah that made me lawl~
 
2012-03-19 12:39:39 PM

JamesLi:
Lots of onions are bad. They aren't going to die from something that has some onion in it.


I remember coming home one day from work, and our Buddy, a deaf-blind pug with his tongue that didn't quite fit in his mouth, had gone through a bag of onions. He had finished at least one whole onion, and started on another one. He suffered no ill effects, but the onions did freshen his breath a little.

/RIP Buddy
 
2012-03-19 12:40:16 PM
I have a pretty much homemade book from a spa, The Joy of Cooking and the Cooking Light Complete Cookbook. I check out magazines for fun or new ideas and use the internet for 90% of recipes I need.

Celebrity chef cookbooks are more about style than content. If people want to cook in a certain way, they buy the chef's book that helps them do that. Who cares where the recipes come from at that point?
 
2012-03-19 12:41:01 PM
Why anyone owns more than 2-3 cookbooks is beyond me.
 
2012-03-19 12:41:14 PM
'Nother fan of Fannie Farmer and Alton Brown's instructional book. Also Mastering the Art of French Cooking. All gifts from my grandmother. Yes. My 88 y/o grandma is likes Alton Brown. And it was my grandfather who was the professional chef.

/go figure
 
2012-03-19 12:41:43 PM

Egoy3k: Do people actually use cookbooks anymore? I will watch cooking shows to see techniques and equipment that I never knew existed but usually I just make it up as I go along unless I'm baking which does sort of need some direction. If I really want to make something specific I look it up online.


I use the Pioneer Woman cookbook regularly. I have more time to cook than she did when it was written so I take each one a little bit further. The tomato soup one... oh farking yum. I roast the tomatoes before pureeing, add a couple different types of cheese, smoked pork and various vegetables I have on hand. It is the kind of food to make manly men weep for joy.
 
2012-03-19 12:41:58 PM

CasperImproved: Ctrl-Alt-Del: The Goddamn Batman: Eddy Gurge: The best celebrity recipe. (new window)

The second best. (new window)

Now that she's got the diabeetus, she's offering healthier recipes

Paula Deen's Fruit Salad

INGREDIENTS:
- 1 lb. bag of Skittles
- 3 cups ranch dressing

DIRECTIONS:
Mix well. Serve room temperature.

Snicker I did.But is it diabetes friendly?


Oh my god yes..Diabetes LOVES this.
 
2012-03-19 12:43:41 PM
files.brobible.com

Still the "A+" quality check for hot cooks.
 
2012-03-19 12:45:37 PM

stuhayes2010: Why anyone owns more than 2-3 cookbooks is beyond me.


Variety
 
2012-03-19 12:46:04 PM

Ctrl-Alt-Del: The Goddamn Batman: Eddy Gurge: The best celebrity recipe. (new window)

The second best. (new window)

Now that she's got the diabeetus, she's offering healthier recipes

Paula Deen's Fruit Salad

INGREDIENTS:
- 1 lb. bag of Skittles
- 3 cups ranch dressing

DIRECTIONS:
Mix well. Serve room temperature.


Ctrl-Alt-Del: PAULA DEEN'S SPARKLING WATER

INGREDIENTS:
1 glass sparkling water
1 ham

DIRECTIONS:
Put ham in water.


If you enjoyed those, make sure to check out Paula Deen's Creamy Gurgles n' Sticky Stuff and Cursed Burgers and Haunted Hiccups.
 
2012-03-19 12:46:10 PM
Rachael Ray, Jamie Oliver, and Gwyneth Paltrow

One of these things is not like the other...
 
2012-03-19 12:47:19 PM

Bio-nic: [files.brobible.com image 475x712]

Still the "A+" quality check for hot cooks.


She's a Butter Freakishly Large Head
 
2012-03-19 12:47:40 PM

finnished: JamesLi:
Lots of onions are bad. They aren't going to die from something that has some onion in it.

I remember coming home one day from work, and our Buddy, a deaf-blind pug with his tongue that didn't quite fit in his mouth, had gone through a bag of onions. He had finished at least one whole onion, and started on another one. He suffered no ill effects, but the onions did freshen his breath a little.

/RIP Buddy


I think some dogs just have iron stomachs. Zeke, my family's black lab/collie mix, has probably eaten onion in his time. I know he's eaten grapes. He's even gotten into chocolate. He's about 13 now, and I don't think he's suffered ill effects from stuff he's eaten.

/He loves apple cores, too.
//But not banana peels.
///Even a lab mix has standards.
 
2012-03-19 12:47:42 PM

stuhayes2010: Why anyone owns more than 2-3 cookbooks is beyond me.


I own 1 that I don't use, which I guess is the opposite.
 
2012-03-19 12:47:45 PM

stuhayes2010: Why anyone owns more than 2-3 cookbooks is beyond me.


Otherwise you may learn to cook like I did:

10000 ruined meals.

/uh, hey kids, looks like we're getting pizza tonight!
//koff-koff...
 
2012-03-19 12:48:04 PM
I use to try to follow recipe books, but most of the time they were overly complicated and would come out, meh. Don't get me started on the amount of dirty pots & pans that pile up, ugh.

Lately, I have been using Youtube to get recipes. What is great about it, is the people who post their videos actually use their recipes several times before. So far I have tried many and every one of them came out great. I remember I had to try to make Hot Lava Cake. I thought it was going to be a big complicated recipe, but I found a video with super simple instructions and ingredients. Every step worked. I was a bit shocked it came out so good and was so easy to make.

/rambling
//pain meds....
 
2012-03-19 12:48:47 PM

masercot: There is only ONE cookbook. Fanny Farmer.



I've inherited a few cook ooks over time, and my favoirtes so far are... the Early 80's Disney EPCOT cook book, and the mid-70s betty crocker
 
2012-03-19 12:50:31 PM
i.imgur.com
 
2012-03-19 12:53:13 PM

stuhayes2010: Why anyone owns more than 2-3 cookbooks is beyond me.


I've got at least one shelf-full of cookbooks. Some are charity type things like the-ladies-of-such-and-such or favorite-meals-of-dive-bar-patrons. Some are for pretty specific things like pastries of Eastern European coffee houses and European sourdough breads. Others are generalized books that are commonplace. Others are just freakin' interesting and beautiful like Heston Blumenthal. I should also add that many are hand-me-downs and remainders.
 
2012-03-19 12:54:34 PM

trappedspirit: stuhayes2010: Why anyone owns more than 2-3 cookbooks is beyond me.

Variety




I find that there is quite a bit of variety on the intertoobs.

For free.
 
2012-03-19 12:56:09 PM

stuhayes2010: Why anyone owns more than 2-3 cookbooks is beyond me.


Specialty cookbooks. I have cookbooks for the following:

Indian, Chinese, Thai, Filipino, German and Viennese, French, Italian, Cajun and Creole, HIspanic, and a few more. I think the only "celebrity" cookbook I've ever bought was from The Frugal Gourmet.
 
2012-03-19 12:56:48 PM
One of the most interesting cooking books (but not a cook book) that I own:
images.huffingtonpost.com

Doesn't tell you how to cook, it tells you what to cook:
scrappycat.smugmug.com
 
2012-03-19 12:58:30 PM

Egoy3k: Do people actually use cookbooks anymore? I will watch cooking shows to see techniques and equipment that I never knew existed but usually I just make it up as I go along unless I'm baking which does sort of need some direction. If I really want to make something specific I look it up online.


I'm a slave to recipes & cookbooks. I'm a horrible cook and have no clue what flavors go together but, if there's a recipe, I can duplicate it with no problem and whip up some fantastic stuff. Venison w/balsamic reduction sauce & celery root-pear puree? Sure--I've got a recipe right here. Give me the raw ingredients and tell me to do it? Hope you have a strong stomach. I even mess up chili without a recipe.

I do go online for a lot of recipes (Hmmm, I have 2 pounds of chicken in the freezer & zucchini in the garden. What's a good dish?) but a LOT of the basic stuff I get from the Better Homes & Gardens cookbook (the ubiquitous one w/the red/white gingham cover) or Fanny Farmer.
 
2012-03-19 01:01:15 PM
I love my America's Test Kitchen cookbook. I've screwed up recipes in it and they still turned out good. It not only tells you how to cook something but why they did what they did.
 
2012-03-19 01:03:55 PM

Theaetetus: One of the most interesting cooking books (but not a cook book) that I own:
[images.huffingtonpost.com image 459x595]

Doesn't tell you how to cook, it tells you what to cook:
[scrappycat.smugmug.com image 518x450]


This looks like something I could really use! Thanks for posting it!
 
2012-03-19 01:04:31 PM

Tobin_Lam: I love my America's Test Kitchen cookbook. I've screwed up recipes in it and they still turned out good. It not only tells you how to cook something but why they did what they did.


I've used a few of their recipes and they're fantastic. I really should buy one of their books.
 
2012-03-19 01:05:05 PM

Grandemadaca: Bio-nic: [files.brobible.com image 475x712]

Still the "A+" quality check for hot cooks.

She's a Butter Freakishly Large Head


I wouldn't get as far as her head ifyouknowwhatImean...
 
2012-03-19 01:05:32 PM
Catran:
Lately, I have been using Youtube to get recipes.

It's how I learned to make spring rolls on short notice. Very helpful for recipes requiring sleight-of-hand that's hard to describe in text.
 
2012-03-19 01:06:22 PM

iStig: Gwyneth was probably too busy taking care of Apple and Moses, and the rock band she's married to.


Don't forget blogging curse words she likes.
 
2012-03-19 01:06:29 PM

Psycoholic_Slag: trappedspirit: stuhayes2010: Why anyone owns more than 2-3 cookbooks is beyond me.

Variety



I find that there is quite a bit of variety on the intertoobs.

For free.


It was hard making notes and dog ear-ing the monitor on my favorite ones. Besides, what am I going to pass on to my daughter when she wants the recipes she grew up with, a list of bookmarks?
 
2012-03-19 01:06:38 PM

Smeggy Smurf: Egoy3k: Do people actually use cookbooks anymore? I will watch cooking shows to see techniques and equipment that I never knew existed but usually I just make it up as I go along unless I'm baking which does sort of need some direction. If I really want to make something specific I look it up online.

I use the Pioneer Woman cookbook regularly. I have more time to cook than she did when it was written so I take each one a little bit further. The tomato soup one... oh farking yum. I roast the tomatoes before pureeing, add a couple different types of cheese, smoked pork and various vegetables I have on hand. It is the kind of food to make manly men weep for joy.


One of the greatest modern cookbooks, that is. My wife has a bunch of cookbooks but only uses a few regularly. Joy of Cooking, Pioneer Woman (or her website), a collection of recipes from the Russian & German side of the family, and this one: http://www.amazon.com/Mennonite-Country-Style-Recipes-Kitchen-Secrets/ dp/0836136977
It's nothing fancy and some of the recipes are downright nasty but most are pretty good. They're also amazing when you're on a budget. They rarely use any "fancy" ingredients or utensils and most of them make a lot of servings so you either cut the recipe or get a lot of leftovers to freeze for another week.
 
2012-03-19 01:07:46 PM
i.imgur.com
I'm just flabbergasted.

i.imgur.com

My favorite cookbook; not PC, not healthy, but the food tastes damn good
 
2012-03-19 01:07:50 PM

brigid_fitch: Theaetetus: One of the most interesting cooking books (but not a cook book) that I own:
[images.huffingtonpost.com image 459x595]

Doesn't tell you how to cook, it tells you what to cook:
[scrappycat.smugmug.com image 518x450]

This looks like something I could really use! Thanks for posting it!


I get a lot of use out of it... Usually, it's either "hmm, I want to cook duck tonight, but I did cherries last time. What else can I try?", or "I've got this fresh thyme I should really use... but with what?", or "Moroccan chicken sounds like a plan... wtf are typical Moroccan spices?"
 
2012-03-19 01:08:49 PM

CasperImproved: Ctrl-Alt-Del: The Goddamn Batman: Eddy Gurge: The best celebrity recipe. (new window)

The second best. (new window)

Now that she's got the diabeetus, she's offering healthier recipes

Paula Deen's Fruit Salad

INGREDIENTS:
- 1 lb. bag of Skittles
- 3 cups ranch dressing

DIRECTIONS:
Mix well. Serve room temperature.

Snicker I did.But is it diabetes friendly?


No, but should you become diabetic, why not try the fine products of Novo Nordisk?
 
2012-03-19 01:09:48 PM

trappedspirit: Psycoholic_Slag: trappedspirit: stuhayes2010: Why anyone owns more than 2-3 cookbooks is beyond me.

Variety



I find that there is quite a bit of variety on the intertoobs.

For free.

It was hard making notes and dog ear-ing the monitor on my favorite ones. Besides, what am I going to pass on to my daughter when she wants the recipes she grew up with, a list of bookmarks?


Get the CutePDF Writer. It installs as a printer and is free. Print your favorite recipes as PDFs and then burn her a DVD.
 
2012-03-19 01:10:28 PM

wambu: My favorite cookbook; not PC


How do you get a non-PC cookbook? A section on "ethnic" foods for serving to the help depending on their ancestry?
 
2012-03-19 01:11:06 PM

Ctrl-Alt-Del: The Goddamn Batman: Eddy Gurge: The best celebrity recipe. (new window)

The second best. (new window)

Now that she's got the diabeetus, she's offering healthier recipes

Paula Deen's Fruit Salad

INGREDIENTS:
- 1 lb. bag of Skittles
- 3 cups ranch dressing

DIRECTIONS:
Mix well. Serve room temperature.


Heh! BARF
 
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