I'm a food writer and recipe developer. My first cookbook, The Messy Baker, is due out in Spring 2014. My motto: No baker left behind!
I love roasted cauliflower. I adore cilantro. This recipe makes me want to lick the monitor.
I'll be making this recipe very, very soon.
You learn by doing. Whether you practice with the aid of a cookbook or a hands-on instructor (like Mom), information only moves from theoretical fact to real skill when you put down the book and pick up the sauce pan (or spoon or knife...)
I've learned a lot from watching others cook and from reading cookbooks, but it means nothing unless I get my hand dirty.
I'd say Pollan is mainstream for people who are into the politics of food. But some people are more in tune with book titles than author names. They might recognize "The Omnivore's Dilemma" or "In Defense of Food" but not "Pollan".
And I'll confess -- more than once I thought people were talking about Monty Python. After all, Michael Palin's been on my radar since I was a kid.
Your story and photos make me want to head north.
Twitters about: What's I'm cooking, grilling, burning. There's food, photos and the odd kitchen disaster. Just living up to my tagline: Real food. Real life. It ain't always pretty.