Part One: Stocking the Modernist Kitchen

30 Nov

Glancing through the contents page for Part One, I couldn’t help wonder how I was going to get all this stuff in my kitchen!  My kitchen isn’t all that big, and space is at a premium for what I currently own.  As I read through the section though, I figured out that I already have a lot of the countertop gear (things like a blender, food processor, mixer, and ice cream maker) and the major elements of the conventional cooking gear come standard in most kitchens.  I mean, who doesn’t have a stove?  And most everyone has a microwave!  Most of the other suggested gear are things that I either have owned before and for some reason no longer do or want.  The few things I’m not familiar with don’t have to be overly expensive and don’t look hard to use.

Owning some of the fancier equipment in this section is more or less a pipe dream for anyone in my income bracket (I’m looking at you combi oven!), but I’m hoping I can pull some strings at work to be able to cook a few recipes using commercial equipment.  Hopefully being a Foodservice Consultant will have it’s advantages here!

And let me just say that cooking sous vide may be the best idea for busy moms I’ve ever heard!  All the steps are pretty simple and the method offers lot of time saving opportunities for busy families.  It seems like it would be a great solution for singles as well too as individual servings of dishes can be refrigerated or frozen for later.  Even better, cooking this way doesn’t require fancy equipment.  For those of you turned off by the idea of cooking fish in your sink though, many options are readily available for upgrading your sous vide setup.  I’ll go through sous vide and all the rest of the gear as I cook in the course of this experiment.  I want to see see how each piece fits into the modernist style of cooking, test each technique, and figure out how practical each method is for an average modern family.  I’m sure there will be triumphs and failures but especially after reading through the entire first part, I’m very hopeful for more successes than disappointments.

The last section of Part One deals with ingredients.  While I agree that the freshest ingredients will yield the freshest food, the practice is not one I’ve adhered to in my personal life as much as I’d like to.  I’m going to take this opportunity to make going to the farmer’s market more of a regular event and finally check out some of the ethnic grocery stores I’ve seen sprinkled around Charlotte.  I’m definitely excited to try some new things!

That’s all of Part One!  You know what that means, right?  It’s time to get cooking!  I think it’s only appropriate to start off with something from the Basics chapter, so next week’s recipe will be pulled from there.  I thank you for reading, and hope you come back to see what’s cooking!

Bon appetit!

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