Tuesday, January 13, 2009
Just another stack of books, but I find lately that I look through them for protracted periods of time, comparing recipes or just reading. The personality of author is so clearly drawn, sometimes, in the explication of the process of making something. Laurie Colwin is just perfect. As are her novels.
A book that I just borrowed from the library is the companion to the dreadful PBS series On the Road Again, Spain, starring a falstaffian, often inebriated Mario Batali, along with Gwyneth Paltrow, Mark Bittman of the NY Times and another actress, Claudia Bassols. This TV series is such a grandiose exercise in self-indulgence, that I couldn't believe it. I kept checking back; surely there would be some real cooking, something for the viewer to grasp on to. No, it was the four of them, sitting around tables in expensive restaurants, eating. Or driving expensive, brand new cars through the countryside to get to an expensive restaurant to be filmed sitting around eating. The book is worse! It seems to have actual dialogue from the TV shows and occasional lists of favorites: Mario's favorite candybar is a Nestle's Crunch, by the way. Just in case you were wondering.
His Babbo cookbook is informative . . . although complicated.