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Fun Article on Paula Wolfert's Cookbook

AJ12754's picture

Very enjoyable reading...


http://www.latimes.com/features/food/la-fo-watch25jan25,0,2965426,full.story?coll=la-home-food


"Truth is the engine of our judicial system." Patrick Fitzgerald

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Lee's picture

(post #62680, reply #1 of 23)

Thanks for sharing.  I downloaded her recipe for cassoulet from someplace or other.  I'd be happy to be able to complete it in just 7 hours!

AJ12754's picture

(post #62680, reply #2 of 23)

If I were going to cook anything from that book, I'd probably need to assemble a team!


I remember in college, my roomates and I decided to make the Silver Palate cassoulet (no where close to the artistry of Wolfert's version of course) over a week-end.  NONE of us had any real experience cooking at all -- but we had a house and a kitchen and we had a blast.  One of my fondest memories.


I loved the story about her friend keeping her copy of the book in her refrigerator to be sure it survived a fire!


"Truth is the engine of our judicial system." Patrick Fitzgerald

Cave obdurationem cordis

Gretchen's picture

(post #62680, reply #3 of 23)

I collect cassoulet recipes. Can you post that one?  So far I am resisting getting this cookbook but I may weaken!!

Gretchen

Gretchen
Marcia's picture

(post #62680, reply #4 of 23)

I have the original and never cooked a thing from it, but it's well worth having. Oodles of cassoulet recipes and stories to go along with them. It's most entertaining and I'm sure the food would be delicious, too. I'm going to have to get the revised one. Sigh.

Lee's picture

(post #62680, reply #5 of 23)

The recipe for the fava bean cassoulet follows the chapter intro on cassoulets, which you'll enjoy reading given your recipe collection.  Don't miss the Cassoulet de Toulouse, which follows the one with favas (Andre Daguin's version).  That's the one I really want to make. The recipe comes from The Slow Mediterranean Kitchen, which I own.  If you want the recipe for the Quick Duck and Pork Confit, let me know, and I'll post it.  I can't help with the confit recipe needed for the first cassoulet since I don't have the book (yet), but I'm sure someone will post it if you ask.  Here's the link:


http://media.wiley.com/product_data/excerpt/2X/07645760/076457602X.pdf  

Gretchen's picture

(post #62680, reply #6 of 23)

Oh, my goodness. Thank you  thank you.  And it is still cold enough to do this. I even have some confit and duck stock. I wonder why she uses chicken stock routinely.  I have that too.  I am really excited!!  I even have frozen fava beans--we never get fresh.

Gretchen

Gretchen
Marcia's picture

(post #62680, reply #7 of 23)

Where do you find frozen fava beans? I only see dried.

Gretchen's picture

(post #62680, reply #8 of 23)

I actually found them in an Asian market labelled as broad beans.

Gretchen

Gretchen
Marcia's picture

(post #62680, reply #10 of 23)

Thanks, that's nice to know. There's a new Asian market within driving distance and I need to make a trip to check it out.

Lee's picture

(post #62680, reply #9 of 23)

You're very welcome!  I thought the chapter intro was really interesting, as is the white bean ragout.  Please let us know how the cassoulet comes out.  I may not be happy if you love it, though.  We get fresh fava beans in the spring and summer (cassoulet in the summer?), but I've not seen them frozen.  If I can't find frozen broad beans, I'll have to wait until spring to try this.  :(


I'm dying to make the other one, but I may have to hire assistants.  What a production!

Wolvie's picture

(post #62680, reply #11 of 23)

we should do the Cassoulet de Toulouse at Nana's - the next fest. She'd volunteer her kitchen yes? Plenty of time to pie pastry and such as we are waiting. ;-)


Seriously, that version sounds TDF. Too bad we live so far apart.


 No mans error becomes his own Law; nor obliges him to persist in it


THOMAS HOBBES, Leviathan, part 2, p. 237 (1950).

 

Lee's picture

(post #62680, reply #12 of 23)

Where does Nana live?  Yes, it is too bad we don't live closer.  Cooking with friends -- especially those whose tastes are similar -- is special.

Wolvie's picture

(post #62680, reply #13 of 23)

she lives in Massachusetts. Offered her home for the Oct get together - although, this cooking idea might be a bit much. ;-)

 No mans error becomes his own Law; nor obliges him to persist in it


THOMAS HOBBES, Leviathan, part 2, p. 237 (1950).

 

pamilyn's picture

(post #62680, reply #14 of 23)

I think it would be a ball....Pamilyn

The purpose of Art is washing the dust of daily life off our souls

The purpose of Art is washing the dust of daily life off our souls

pamilyn's picture

(post #62680, reply #15 of 23)

I know what you mean. I don't have any friends to cook with...very sad. They just want to eat what I have cooked!! Pamilyn

The purpose of Art is washing the dust of daily life off our souls

The purpose of Art is washing the dust of daily life off our souls

Lee's picture

(post #62680, reply #16 of 23)

They just want to eat what I have cooked!!


Most of our friends are the same way, but I'm fortunate to have a few friends to cook with.  It's interesting that most of them are men.  Their wives know how to cook, but they really don't like to cook and have zero interest in making anything complicated.  They're an appreciative audience, though, and enjoy whatever we come up with.  It's also fun to cook with my DDs, both of whom are fine cooks.

pamilyn's picture

(post #62680, reply #20 of 23)

I envy you. My Mom didn't like to cook either. I would love to cook with you some day!! Pamilyn

The purpose of Art is washing the dust of daily life off our souls

The purpose of Art is washing the dust of daily life off our souls

Lee's picture

(post #62680, reply #22 of 23)

That would be fun!

pamilyn's picture

(post #62680, reply #23 of 23)

Maybe someday!! Pamilyn

The purpose of Art is washing the dust of daily life off our souls

The purpose of Art is washing the dust of daily life off our souls

wisekaren's picture

(post #62680, reply #17 of 23)

Which is why I got to the "I'll cook. You eat." T-shirt from that earlier thread!
Karen
P.S. My favorite Whole Foods butcher LOVED it!

Lee's picture

(post #62680, reply #18 of 23)

I can think of a better one:  "I'll cook. You clean up!"


Edited 2/3/2006 8:48 pm ET by lee

wisekaren's picture

(post #62680, reply #19 of 23)

Goes without saying in my house! :-)
Karen

pamilyn's picture

(post #62680, reply #21 of 23)

True at our house too!!

The purpose of Art is washing the dust of daily life off our souls

The purpose of Art is washing the dust of daily life off our souls