Monday, May 24, 2004


I am a type of foodie. Not the hipster, trendy, restaurant-opening-attending type, but the type who searches out quality. I'd rather have a nice box of Kraft Macaroni and Cheese prepared perfectly than some mistreated, abused $20 steak. I want things to taste like they're supposed to taste. Tasty, balanced, cooked but not burnt, fresh, etc. These people:

Cooks Illustrated (magazine)
America's Test Kitchen (PBS)

seem to agree. I watch the show when I can, and was recently gifted a subscription to the magazine. They have a certain tone (excerpt):
"Family-Style Macaroni and Cheese
Neither dull nor excessively rich, macaroni and cheese should please a multitude of palates. Could we find a simple way to make this dish appealing to adults and kids alike?"
Maybe snooty? Or simply overly "inside" for a magazine geared for the public at large?

But they test ingredients and recipes until a winner emerges, and tend to prefer things to be only as complicated as necessary to achieve a great result.

I suppose it is food porn, and I read the articles too.


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