I am adding to my self improvement projects. Over the next 10+ years each week I am going to: make 1 recipe from Julia Child’s “Mastering the Art of French Cooking”. Practice 1 technique from Jaques Pepin’s “Complete Techniques”. Bake 1 cake/confection from Rose Levy Beranbaum’s “The Cake Bible”. Why I am I doing this? Cooking has always been a cornerstone of who I am. I grew up in the restaurant and catering industry. My father was never much good for me except that he gave me my stubbornness and a love for cooking. Probably the only bit of real wisdom he passed on to me was that if I could cook I would have one solid social skill no matter what. He put it,” If you can cook good food, you will have friends.”
Even with all that, at the age of 42 I have never studied cooking. Everything has been self taught or snagged from reality TV shows. Yes, I do pick up a thing or 2 from them.
The J2&R adventure will be an attempt to learn some formal techniques and improve my knowledge. If I can’t post each project I hope to at least post a monthly summary of how things went.