The just-released How to Cook Everything iPad App is spectacular (and I can say that since I didn’t develop it!). It’s something neither I nor anyone else could have dreamed of when I was first working on the book in the mid-90s.
To celebrate the launch I’m officially kicking off “The 12 Days of How to Cook Everything,” a countdown of the 12 most-voted-for HTCE recipes (based on an ongoing voting feature embedded in the App), one-a-day until new year’s eve.
It’s fascinating to me to see the recipes that people search for and come back to again and again: If you have any all-time favorites, post them in the comments section below, or just vote for them on the App.
Jim Lahey’s No-Work Bread
Check out this NPR piece about the role of the cookbook in the age of the app. Spoiler alert: according to one home cook, using the iPad in the kitchen requires “lots of paper towels.” Just when you thought technology had rendered paper nearly obsolete. . .
So, do you cook from books or from apps? Which are better? I’d be curious to hear your thoughts; please post them in the comments section.
Looks like making shu mai live on Today is a more boisterous affair than making them for the Minimalist. At least my food processor worked the first time.
Busy week: the Times put together a fun complilation of old Minimalist videos all related to Thanksgiving. Tara Parker-Pope (thank you) wrote a Well column about The Food Matters Cookbook, and included some sustainable Thanksgiving dishes; interviews with me appeared on the Parents website and Bygone Bureau (watch for good things by Darryl Campbell), and I did apple turnovers on Today. (Best line: Lauer: “This is kind of labor intensive.” Bittman: “We’ve been working for all of 90 seconds.”)
Last night I spoke at Powell’s in Portland, Oregon, one of the great American book stores. I love it there.
My conversation with Leonard Lopate on his show last Friday.
Ellen Kanner‘s been busy since I saw her in Florida the week before last. She just published an interview that she did with me for Culinate (covering all sorts of food topics), as well as her Meatless Monday column in the Huffington Post.
Just finished shooting twelve minimalist videos in two days. Here’s what we’re up to when the cameras aren’t rolling (notice the intense concentration on that rack of lamb).
Oftentimes when I’m signing books for people they ask if they can take my picture. Last week in St. Louis I (for the first time) replied, “Fine, if I can take yours.” Really fun. Here are some of them.
I spoke at the Healthy Food Summit in Minneapolis Thursday and Friday, to mostly large, hyper-friendly, and ever-thoughtful crowds. My hosts Mindy Kurzer and Tim Kenny did a terrific job of organizing the packed two-day affair, and made me feel completely at home. Dinner Thursday was cooked by the talented and wonderful local chef Lucia Watson and her crew; Lucia also introduced me that night, so nicely I blushed.
Tim is director of education at the Minnesota Landscape Arboretum, a spectacular 1000-plus acre operation about half an hour from downtown Minny. He does fantastic work teaching kids the value of gardening, about which he is passionate.
And how about these cucurbits?
Now: Off to Philly, DC, Miami, and St. Louie.