Harold McGee is coming on Fresh Air tomorrow to discuss, among other things, how to reduce the smell of fish, why foods change flavors when cooked (or when they’re accidentally left in the freezer for several months) and what the best ways are to thicken a sauce.
Seems like a good time to share some favorite winter recipes/food tumblrs. Any favorites?
“Culinary sophistication is no guarantee of immunity from cilantrophobia.”—Cilantro Haters Gotta Hate: Food writer Harold McGee, on the science behind cilantro sometimes tasting soapy, in the New York Times. McGee, an expert on the science of food and cooking, will offer kitchen and cooking advice on tomorrow’s Fresh Air
“Be courteous, kind and forgiving. Be gentle and peaceful each day Be warm and human and grateful And have a good thing to say Be thoughtful and trustful and childlike Be witty and happy and wise Be honest and love all your neighbors Be obsequious, purple and clairvoyant Be pompous, obese and eat cactus Be dull and boring and omnipresent Criticize things you don’t know about Be oblong and have your knees removed Be tasteless, rude and offensive Live in a swamp and be three dimensional Put a live chicken in your underwear Get all excited and go to a yawning festival OK, everybody.”—Comedian Steve Martin, in verse on his first album “Let’s Get Small” replayed on an interview on Fresh Air, January 1, 2009.
“I think everybody feels the way these toys feel — like they’ve given themselves over to this child Andy and given him 100 percent and played with him and given him so much of their lives, and now he’s going away. And they don’t [really] want to go with him to college; what they really want is acknowledgment, and I think that’s a universal thing. I think a lot of people go through life feeling like they work really hard and they’re doing a good job and they just want some sort of emotional acknowledgment.”—Screenwriter Michael Arndt, on the universal themes in Toy Story 3.
“We thought ‘What is it like to be a guy who is a girl’s toy?’ You’re a guy, but you’re only played with by little girls. And further, he’s just an accessory for Barbie. He doesn’t carry equal weight to Barbie. He’s really no more important than a pair of shoes or a purse or a belt to her, and we knew that he would have to have a complex.”—Dream House? Lee Unkrich, Toy Story 3’s director, on coming up with Ken’s motivation.
“It’s very exciting for people at City Hall when Nathan shows up. He’s kind of like the mayor of New York. … The woman who was behind the glass kind of fingers me to come over and I walk over and she goes ‘Is that Nathan Lane?’ and I go ‘Yeah’ and she goes ‘Oh. We’re going to get you a private room.’ So we went over and she says ‘The last celebrity who was here was Tony Randall’ which was like seven years or eight years before and he was getting married himself, I guess. And she said ‘And [Randall] said ‘I do not want special treatment’ so he did not go to the front of the line, I guess. And Nathan goes ‘Well, I want special treatment.’ He did not want to wait there. So we went into this private room and yeah, we got married.”—Mike Birbiglia, telling Terry Gross what it was like to have Nathan Lane as the witness at his wedding, on Fresh Air, October 18, 2010.
It’s rainy and dreary and utterly miserable in Philadelphia at the moment. If you’re planning to curl up tonight with a good book, what is it? What would you recommend to other Tumblr users? Let’s make a list.
“It’s hard to give up something you’ve been doing for 55 years which has been at the center of your life, where you spend sometimes 6, 8, 10 hours a day [doing.] I always have worked every day and I’m kind of a maniac. How could a maniac give up what he does? … You sit alone, decade after decade, and you try to imagine something out of nothing. Not just imagine it, but again, make a work of art out of it. And you do it so long, that in a certain way you can’t do anything else.”—Philip Roth, on writing, in a conversation with Terry Gross on Fresh Air
“Without a novel I’m empty. I’m empty and not very happy.”—Philip Roth, on the compulsion to write. I love how he doesn’t frame “not writing” as an option in any scheme involving happiness. (via madisonarm)