Feeling overwhelmed by all the tributes to Haute Cuisine by my colleagues here and on Jungle Red, I took a look at some old friends, Fannie, Pierre, Craig et co.…
Saw them as they really are: not utensils, like pots and pans, but as Books! Stars! Celebrities. On TV and the Big Screen. Lauded by eminent authors in the Grey Lady. The eminences grises of the culinary world!
"With the progress of knowledge the needs of the human body have not been forgotten... the time is not far distant when a knowledge of the principles of diet will be an essential part of one's education."
"A flavor should appear only once on a menu."
"Nothing adds more to the attractiveness of a table than a sense of space."
"Certain foods possess health-giving factors, although other foods of nearly identical chemical composition do not possess them."
"A cupful of liquid is all the cup will hold."
"Baking is cooking in an oven."
"Tea is used by more than half the human race."
"Coffee made with an egg has a rich flavor which egg alone can give. Many use a pinch of salt to bring out the flavor of the coffee."
"Cold water, being heavier than hot water, sinks to the bottom, carrying grounds with it."
"To cook pancakes, heat griddle or frying pan; grease or rub over with a cut turnip."
"To stir, hold the spoon upright and move it in wider and wider circles until all is blended." (Sounds like a dance routine!)
" To split a live lobster—cross large claws and hold firmly with left hand. With sharp pointed knife, held in right hand, begin at the mouth and make a deep incision and with a sharp cut draw the knife quickly through body and entire length of tail."
"Most of the first rate chefs I've known are gentle and meek. They like to ski and dance and make love."
"Some things are made for each other, like Moet and Chandon, Lea and Perrins and Crosse and Blackwell."
"The time to start to cook is before you start to cook."
"In kitchens, as elsewhere, the motto is—don't do as I do; do as I say!"
Introduced to alcohol at age 3, when his parson father mixed the communion wine with water, he long associated alcohol with health and well-being.
"Alcohol relaxes the nerves and so a judicious quantity will improve most social occasions."
His skills go from Aperitifs to his affair with coffee in various forms. His style is charming and fun. Chapter titles include Whisky or Whiskey; Vodka - It's Wonderful!; The Bold Approach to Sherry Drinking; Champagne, Psychological Magic; A Liquid Form of Summer; and How to Be Happy But Temperate!.
His humor and grace are so contagious you may want to order this book for yourself or a dear friend!
Now, I've shared my little kitchen secrets with you… So, tell me who you turn to in your culinary flights of fancy and high cuisine!
Thelma Jacqueline Straw