I'm kinda tired with seeing recipes after recipes that promise to get it done within 30 minutes, 45 minutes or whatever but in reality, takes like 30 to 1 hour more! Anybody else have this feeling?
It happens to me in pretty regular basis. I know,I know, all chefs do not work at same rate, and when recipe said "chopped mushroom" it probably does not count the washing and chopping time, but still, I see "total time" in recipes that are unbelievably, but very conveniently, and very enticingly small.
Today, I found a recipe whose "total time" is far less than its cooking time given in the steps. The very good recipe of "Creamy Chanterelle Mushroom Soup" mentions a total time of 45 minutes, and the cooking *only* the base of the soup, as given in the recipe, takes (8+18+0.5+30=) 50 minutes!! Then you have to put the soup in a blender, emulsify with butter, strain it, season it, ladle into cups with another mixture. (And I am assuming that the super-human chef will just parellelise simmering the broth and frying the mushrooms, which is possible I admit)
Kenji I have seen you mention that the readers want quick recipes, and we really rely on the "total time" value, big time. I really, really think that "total time" should be a bit more realistic.
P.S. You guys are awesome and I love this site. Not buttering u up.