Saturday, October 24, 2015

Weekend Cooking: Thinking About Cooking While Driving

I am still practicing my audiobook listening skills, which are improving. The listening as I drive to work is a pleasant activity, which I trade off with a variety of podcasts I like.  

My most recent audiobook has been Kitchen Counter Cooking School: How A Few Simple Lessons Transformed Nine Culinary Novices Into Fearless Home Cooks by Kathleen Flinn that kept my interest and gave me a few new tips for my own cooking. 

The one drawback to listening to this on audio is that I wished I could easily page back through this book and write down some of the recipes that were read aloud.  I don't think I can ever locate exactly where they are on the audio version, nor do I want to spend that much time looking.  

A few helpful tips that I can remember - and implement-  include:

  • never washing knives in the dishwasher since it ruins the blade
  • always sifting flour before using in a recipe when the difference in weight was shared between sifted and unsifted flour in a recipe, it was easy to see the amount of flour used varied significantly and so did the taste of the food being made
  • salad dressing can be easily made at home.  The formula is three parts oils to one part acid.  I successfully made some salad dressing the other day using 3 T olive oil, 1 T white wine vinegar and adding in salt, pepper and garlic
  • Flinn reaffirms the information I have previously read on aspartame and other processed foods, encouraging the use of natural ingredients and making things from scratch
  • although I would need to re-read/re-listen, there are many good pieces of information on how to prepare meat
The nine novice cooks that are featured in this book are from varied socioeconomic backgrounds with different experience in cooking as well.  All of them benefited greatly from the lessons they had with Flinn, and as the book ends we catch up with each of them to see the progress they have made.

If you're interested in a good book about food and cooking, Kitchen Counter Cooking school would make a great read - or a great audiobook.

Or if you want to read other food related posts, head over to Beth Fish Reads where she hosts the weekly meme Weekend Cooking.


Carole said...

I enjoyed this book too -- am hoping to get my hands on her next one which I think is called Burnt Toast. Cheers from Carole's Chatter!

JoAnn said...

I've seen so many positive review of this book and her new one sounds good, too. When I listen to nonfiction, I almost always end up borrowing the physical book from the library to check out recipes, photos, maps, charts, etc.

jama said...

Will have to check this book out. Thanks for featuring it!

Anne Bennett said...

Sounds like it was very helpful. I will look for this book.

Trish said...

I LOVE this book and it has it's place in my pantry! Definitely worth picking up a papercopy if you can find a good deal. Just the other day I made roasted chicken breasts using the method in her book--I love that she shares so many different spice variations. I need to read more from her.