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#1 Ron Johnson

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Posted 15 March 2006 - 02:28 PM

I don't get it. Bittman takes good recipes and dumbs them down? Every week, I look at his recipes and decide that I don't like them. Maybe I just don't get the purpose of this column.

#2 omnivorette

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Posted 15 March 2006 - 02:33 PM

I don't think you're his target audience...

edit: I just looked at today's column...what's the matter with it? Good recipes for weeknights, nothing complicated...I appreciate that.
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#3 Ron Johnson

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Posted 15 March 2006 - 02:37 PM

I don't think you're his target audience...

edit: I just looked at today's column...what's the matter with it? Good recipes for weeknights, nothing complicated...I appreciate that.

I am beginning to wonder if I am anyone's target audience. ;)

#4 Cathy

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Posted 15 March 2006 - 02:46 PM

Perfectly consistent with dumbed-down review choices. PJ Clarke's???
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#5 bigbear

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Posted 15 March 2006 - 03:53 PM

I am beginning to wonder if I am anyone's target audience. ;)

Maybe being just a target is enough.

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#6 Liza

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Posted 15 March 2006 - 04:24 PM

I sort of like not being in Cheney's sight at least. ;)
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Really, people will tell you all kinds of garbage. Don't believe it.

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#7 g.johnson

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Posted 15 March 2006 - 04:40 PM

I don't get it. Bittman takes good recipes and dumbs them down? Every week, I look at his recipes and decide that I don't like them. Maybe I just don't get the purpose of this column.

I like his show, Bittman Takes On, where a real chef cooks something and then he makes a simplified version. Though you might look at it as dumbing down the show implicitly addresses an interesting question: is more complex always better*? The answer almost always appears to be yes**, but often it's closer than you might think.

*StSiC.

**Without, of course, being able to taste the food.
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#8 omnivorette

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Posted 15 March 2006 - 04:43 PM

I have been reading Copeland Marks' Mayan/Guatemalan book...recipes are so very simple, but I have cooked lots from his other books (also simple) with very good results.
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#9 FaustianBargain

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Posted 16 March 2006 - 05:23 AM

I don't think you're his target audience...

edit:  I just looked at today's column...what's the matter with it?  Good recipes for weeknights, nothing complicated...I appreciate that.

I am beginning to wonder if I am anyone's target audience. ;)

cheer up. you could be someone's target.
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#10 macrosan

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Posted 17 March 2006 - 03:37 PM

I ahve his book The Minimalist Cooks at Home and I've tried a few things from it. I think it's very good for a beginner like me; it's simple and it allows you to get to understand the primary ingredients better than the ingredients which obscure them. I suspect that after half a dozen recipes from his book, I'll never use it again, but I will have learned some fundamentals in the process.

#11 omnivorette

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Posted 17 March 2006 - 03:39 PM

I gave one of the young scamhis his How To Cook Everything when she went away to school...and I have gotten good feedback...
"It seems a positively Quixotic quest to defend food from being used as any kind of social signifier, as if it could avoid the fate of each other component of our everyday lives." -Wilfrid

#12 Ron Johnson

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Posted 17 March 2006 - 03:46 PM

I gave one of the young scamhis his How To Cook Everything when she went away to school...and I have gotten good feedback...

I gave that book to my stepmom. She needed it . . . bad.

#13 scamhi

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Posted 17 March 2006 - 09:21 PM

I don't think you're his target audience...

I am beginning to wonder if I am anyone's target audience. ;)

hey, you're a moving target...Cincinatti look out!!!

#14 Melonious Thunk

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Posted 17 March 2006 - 10:29 PM

I like his TV show. You'll understand his concept better if you watch it.
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#15 Wilfrid

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Posted 28 August 2014 - 03:10 PM

In which Bittman comes over all Kingsley Amis, and reveals himself as a hopeless, weeping drunk.  "I did swear that my most recent hangover would be my last, and given that that was more than six weeks ago, I’d say I’m doing pretty well."

 

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