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Foodie Handbook by Pim Techamuanvivit
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Sep 23, 2010

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Read from September 03 to 22, 2010

Just when I started worrying that I'd gone over the edge with the food nut thing, this book showed me I still have a waaaays to go.

I agree with the overall principle of the book: eat really good stuff and enjoy it fully. It's when we get down to the details that I realize there are still a whole lot of ingredients that are de rigueur for a foodie that I've never even heard of. She does a good job with the recipes, though, walking the reader through the hows and whys of making a dish, as opposed to giving detailed instructions to blindly follow without really learning anything that could be applied to any other dish. Still, though, each recipe that I look at and think "Hey, I'd like to make that!" involves at least one obscure ingredient or tool, and the overall experience is adding up to a great feeling of tiredness.


Overall, kind of a cool book. There are two things I want to try making from it: Chorizo, Eggs, and Potatoes Cooked in a Cast-Iron Pan, and Rustic Fruit Galette. But then again, these are the simplest things in the whole book. I enjoyed reading about someone else appreciating food as much as I do, or really, more. It got a little old after awhile, though: just too much. But I'm happy to find that I'm far from extreme on the food snob spectrum. That's a relief.

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