July 01, 2005
Cooking in California
My sister says that, in California, cooking is largely superfluous. Oh, you do have to heat-treat some foods in order to make them soft enough for weaky East African Plains Ape teeth and to break down some of the big molecules so they are simple enough for weaky East African Plains Ape stomachs. But otherwise? No. Cooking is what you do when you have to find some way to make yet another round of cabbage half-appetizing, or to make yet another round of dried corn into something the family can face, and have nearly-unlimited supplies of oppressed and exploited low-market-value female household labor at your disposal.
And in California that's simply not necessary.
Looking at these heirloom tomatoes that I am now chopping, I agree with her: I am gilding the lily here.
On the other hand, the gazpacho that results should be very, very good indeed...
Posted by DeLong at July 1, 2005 02:34 PM