the apple dumplings are AMAZING. and the recipe is very, very forgiving. i'm a super shitty baker, but ifunny, accessible, tasty, and CRAZY unhealthy.
the apple dumplings are AMAZING. and the recipe is very, very forgiving. i'm a super shitty baker, but i still managed to pull these together -- dough crumbling everywhere, more of it on my torso and the floor than in anything resembling a neat little package -- TWICE! and create an exhileratingly good dessert. oh -- and the recipe scaled up without a problem. the dumplings are SUPER sweet, like, skirting the give-me-a-damn-headache line, but they pull back juuuust before. like, HOW, tossi?? #TheMaster also, note, i have ZERO previous experience making apple dumplings, but this recipe was not beyond me. but i totally made a mess of my kitchen. just saying. but WORTH IT.
i based my entire gigantor christmas eve menu for, like, fifteen people on this book. in the end, i tweaked some of the recipes based on other recipes (as in, she based some of her recipes on other peoples' recipes, so i found the originals and mostly used theirs), but i was almost always really happy with the results. (see: her bo ssam, a falling-apart-tender, sugar-and-salt-crusted pork shoulder, which is based on david chang's (of Momofuku fame) recipe; mine was SUCCULENT; big hit; and i'd NEVER made pork shoulder before, so this is totally beginner friendly.)
the only fail in my tosi-inspired recipe lineup was her intriguing-sounding miso butterscotch topping, which i tried to prepare to dial my sundaes up to eleven. but mine burnt to an acrid dust, though i followed her instructions to the letter. i suppose this is why i'm not yet a not-shitty baker: i have to develop my oven-using intuition, which is pretty much nil. ALL THIS TO SAY: it's a SUPER interesting recipe idea, and i bet if i had the patience/groceries/time/reason to try this recipe another time or two, i'd get the spreading-the-miso-thin-on-the-baking-pan thickness right and the baking timing right, which would yield an Umami Bomb, with a fascinating interplay in a sundae, instead of the sad ash i ended up throwing away.
NOTE: this book is aaaaaaaalllll about the taste bombs. the recipes are full of fat, sugar, and salt. and they very frequently use super-processed foods. or even try to modernize middle-american comfort foods (the kinds that were prepared using way-processed, will-never-biodegrade foodstuffs like Velveeta and cream of chicken soup) without even thinking about healthing them up. so, like, don't rely on this book to get you to that Zen, Healthful, Flavorful Place. it won't. what it WILL do is jack up your blood values, while being deliciiiiiiiiiicious.
technique: very accessible, even to average home cooks ingredients: very accessible; aaaaaalmost everything would be found in most well-stocked grocery stores, even if you don't live in a super big city (i think i even found the right miso paste in my regular store, which frankly surprised me, and i'm in the country; THO: i had to call around to find a store that sold pork shoulder, as i don't live in the south, where that cut is apparently super readily available because #Barbeque) results: realllly tasty, often clever healthfulness: um.
a fun, silly, modern, thoroughly twenty-first-century approach to vegetables: what you would cook if you lived in a big city and so were exposed to loa fun, silly, modern, thoroughly twenty-first-century approach to vegetables: what you would cook if you lived in a big city and so were exposed to lots of different tastes and palates, and if you had okay to good home-cooking technique.
the narrative voice was definitely appealing: humorous, lively, wry -- way more like a clever bestie than a removed, rareified expert.
this book definitely piqued my interest. my tastes have definitely been formed by the western kitchen. so lots of the umami and soy and sauces and finishes were new to me but not so exotic that i think i'd have trouble implementing them in my cooking. and all of the recipes seemed more than accessible technique-wise to the home cook of average experience.
and while i totally appreciated the photographer's sense of humor (think: little superhero figurines digging into a mound of sauteed broccolini!), i actually thought the pics didn't do much for the food itself....more
a revealing look at the origins and behind-the-scenes of Saturday Night Live.
i get the impression that lorne michaels is sort of a dick? and difficula revealing look at the origins and behind-the-scenes of Saturday Night Live.
i get the impression that lorne michaels is sort of a dick? and difficult? but, like, really talented? or at least really good at making us think he's talented? (who knew he was a star fucker??? i didn't.) but too often (especially during interviews with more-recent or current talent and collaborators) i got the impression people were circumscribing their opinions because it would have been impolitic to be honest. which decreased the book's value.
still, an interesting, occasionally honest glimpse into the psychology behind the show.
as another reviewer noted (somewhere. can't remember where.) the book's pacing gets poorer the closer to present-day we get. it's like the interviewers are just TIRED of the project already and are rushing to finish or else the interviewees simply don't have the distance to reflect honestly or deeply about their experiences yet. so the best of the book covers the show's earliest days. enjoyment thins considerably as it progresses....more
negin farsad is thoughtful, courageous, for sure stubborn, upbeat, and sort of all-over-the-place frantic.
the best of the book was her challenging annegin farsad is thoughtful, courageous, for sure stubborn, upbeat, and sort of all-over-the-place frantic.
the best of the book was her challenging and brave (no, i mean it; the work she does is HARD, and she is NOT shying away) exploration of privilege, white supremacy, and othering. she particularly just blew me away with her generosity of spirit -- her belief that hurtful, hateful, bigoted behavior is usually rooted in ignorance and her dedication to the tiring, often degrading labor of lovingly, optimistically meeting people where they are and educating them and expanding their minds. she sort of comes at it from a "you're an idiot-jerk for thinking that, you Aye-hole? but, you know what? i can see how our ignorant, effed-up world would let you believe that, you baby-child, and i actually still totally believe in you and your inner goodness and think i could even maybe like you, so let's go to the student union and buy slurpees and talk it out" approach. which i find very appealing. and so, so humbling. i mean, it is NOT her job to do our work for us, and that she does do it makes her pretty much a better person than all of us. i mean, negin farsad has every right to just LIVE HER DAMN LIFE and let you ignorant fools dig your own damn holes. but she DOESN'T. she has dedicated her adult life to lovingly engaging ignorance. gah.
so. negin farsad. her.
the substance is there. now, the style? not quite to my taste. she's very energetic and technicolor and almost slap-sticky, whereas i think i prefer a slightly drier, subtler wit. so, i best engage with negin farsad as a philosopher than as a comedian....more
NOTA BENE: i have not yet used or raced with the hansons' method. this review solely covers the presentation of the information and my response to it.NOTA BENE: i have not yet used or raced with the hansons' method. this review solely covers the presentation of the information and my response to it. i will update the review after i have implemented the program myself.
WHAT THE DEAL IS: brothers keith and kevin hanson and their former student and now program trainer luke humphrey believe that to properly train for a marathon, a runner needs to learn how to run on tired legs, developing "cumulative fatigue" through a series of tough workouts without much rest, which prepares the legs to "run the final sixteen miles of a marathon." they believe that most traditional training programs rely far too much on a super long run over the weekend, not offering much mileage during the rest of the week, while also leaving too much down time between tough runs, which in the aggregate leads to a greater likelihood of injury (running 20 miles just breaks the body down) and only ever lets the runner run on fresh legs (which would feel more like the FIRST sixteen miles of a marathon). this, they believe, makes it more likely that a runner will bonk in the last third of a marathon. so the hansons' marathon-training workouts never exceed sixteen miles but offer little rest and plenty of speedwork, all carefully calculated by pace based on VO2max.
WHAT I THOUGHT: THE GOOD: very readable, well paced, clear presentation of information, convincing data-driven arguments.
WHAT I THOUGHT: THE COULD-BE-BETTER: it would have been awesome if a clearer link could have been made between recommended speed/strength workout paces and race times (specifically, i had to flip through lots of different pages to compile my speed/strength workouts, because one page had my projected 5k finish times, another my desired marathon finish and 5k times, and three or more still others with specific speedwork paces based on 5k times; if i recall correctly). i'm STILL not totally certain i know what paces to run my speed/strength workouts at. perhaps, though, this is just the normal learning curve for any runner doing speed workouts for the first time.
also, if i recall, their half marathon book explained how to figure out your VO2max without an expensive lab test, but this book did not; seems like a bigger oversight. so i'm guessing my V02max/goal pace on a wish, a prayer, and a little bit of ego.
i would LOVE to see the speed and strength workouts broken down for treadmill users. i don't have access to a track and so am trying to carefully translate their workouts to time/pace–based write-outs that i'll tape to my treadmill display. it's onorous, and i do NOT trust that my write-outs won't be error-filled, so it would be awesome to have a chart already calculated/double checked/printed out for me.
to that end, i'd totally use an app they put together -- one where i could plug in my numbers (former race times, VO2max, desired race time finish) and they'd spit out my required workout, paces, times, mileage, and all. that would be so cool.
IN SUM: the hansons' theory of cumulative fatigue is very interesting. i have to say, as a first-time marathon trainee it's scary going into 26.2 without ever having raced more than 16 miles; but reading about other peoples' successes and PRs based on this training are helping me bridge the trust gap. (NOTE: i first heard of Hansons Marathon Method through caitlin constantine's excellent blog Fit and Feminist -- specifically her post about how she went from a 4:49 marathon to a BQ.)...more
NOTA BENE: this review is based on my reading of the book; i have not yet implemented it and so cannot comment on the theory's application or efficacyNOTA BENE: this review is based on my reading of the book; i have not yet implemented it and so cannot comment on the theory's application or efficacy. if i do, i will report back.
matt fitzgerald holds that endurance runners ought to spend 80 percent of their training running long distances at VERY slow paces and only 20 percent of their time doing more challenging, speed-related, cardio-spiking work. he believes this practice creates enormous mental stamina, prepares the feet to carry the body for hours at a time, prevents injury, and doesn't overtire the athlete.
his how-to is VERY specific -- lots of coaching on how to determine ability level, predict race outcomes, and train at specific paces. anyone looking to implement his theory would have everything they need in these pages.
i found his theories interesting enough to consider departing from my more tranditional training plans.
that said, in the end i didn't decide to implement his theories for my current round of race prep. maybe i'll use his stuff after recovery, when i return to working on my base. will report back if i do....more
gretchen reynolds is the NYT's long-time phys-ed columnist (which i didn't realize 'til i read this). she writes a clear, humorous, well-paced book thgretchen reynolds is the NYT's long-time phys-ed columnist (which i didn't realize 'til i read this). she writes a clear, humorous, well-paced book that takes a generalized look at some of the most current exercise/fitness/health practices and trends and the latest science. she draws a number of conclusions based on the science, but they feel tenuous, as she herself admits that the data and conclusions are changing all the time and are frequently contradictory. still, as a general exposure to the topic, i found her work accessible and engaging. she's particularly dry and isn't above being a bit silly. which i like.
THAT SAID: the voice actor narrating the book was NOT GOOD. both my husband and i separately came to the conclusion that she sounds sort of like Siri -- bright, cheerful, and completely intellectually unengaged. her reading of information -- whether reporting on data or cracking wise or admonishing -- was read with almost entirely the same inflection. it seemed as if the voice actor had zero connection to the material. this book would be so much more enjoyable as an actual read. the audiobook did no service to reynolds's careful compilation of data and her playful wit....more