I’ve always liked the Cooks Illustrated magazine a lot. I’ve previously mentioned that I enjoy reading Chris Kimball’s letters in the front of each issue. I also love the fact that the magazine has no advertising – so no need for me to analyze their food industry politics, as I did with Cooking Light. Their independence from sponsors is refreshing. I enjoy the detailed walking-me-through the recipe development articles. And I love, love, love both the “Kitchen Notes” section and the “Quick Tips” submitted by readers. It’s all very down to earth and person-to-person.
Just spent 90 minutes at an event featuring the staff of America’s Test Kitchen, the folks who publish the magazine, as well as producing the ATK TV and radio shows and the sister magazine, Cook’s Country. I laughed and I (figuratively) drooled and thoroughly enjoyed myself. Kimball and his crew are all very personable and I could have listened to them chat about their work for hours – if the seats in the old Brattle Theater had been slightly less painful.
I am so bitterly tired of uncomfortable seating, on planes, in restaurants and theaters. Those new-fangled [sic] cup holders that were added to the already narrow old seats in theaters make wedging myself into the seat a real production. And I was not the largest soul in the crowd tonight, nor in the restaurant with the in-laws on Thanksgiving.
I loved hearing a bit of the back story for each of the Test Kitchen folks tonight. It would be such fun to interview them about their Food Life Stories. In fact, Adam Reid, one of the ATK staff, is the friend of a friend and agreed some time ago to let me interview him. Guess I need to get on that! So eager to get back to my interview list, in general. Time.
I have been able to get more deeply into the writing this week. NaBloPoMo really did give me the jump start I had been seeking. These twice weekly posts may have a different tone for a while, a little less soul-baring, but I have also learned, by experiencing (is there any other way to truly learn?) the value of writing in this public voice and hitting that ‘Publish’ button. So, thank you again to WordPress & BogHer for the structured challenge. And thank you to any readers who are curious, as I am, to see where this Food Life Story project will take me.