Reading Frenzy

Monday, March 20, 2006

Culinary Catastrophes

Don't Try This At Home: Culinary Catastrophes from the World's Greatest Cooks and Chefs

Disasters with food, with fellow chefs, with waiters, with owners, not to mention disasters with customers--this book probably covers it all. If I'd read it before our last dining fiasco, when we noticed the waitresses were all huddled in the corner whispering and none of the customers had been served although we'd all been sitting for over an hour, we might have been spared a bad meal and an ultimate confession that there'd been a kitchen fire and the chef had been burned--because we would have recognized some of the signs of "culinary castrophes" and hightailed it out the door.

My personal favorite was the vignette by Mary Sue Milliken and Susan Feniger's entitled "Our Big Brake." The Two Hot Tamales chefs were en route, in Los Angeles, in rush hour, with buckets of hollandaise in the rear of their very old, very grubby Datson station wagon to a benefit dinner when a car ran a stop sign and they were forced to brake, quickly --

"We heard the unmistakable spash of 10 gallons of hot buttery emulsion being deposited in the disgusting, fish-scented foot wells behind us. Some of the sauce seeped through the space between our seat backs and seats, catching us on the rear, and as the warm hollandaise soaked through to our butts, we looked at each other in horror: "Oh. My. God."

And it gets worse.......Fun and entertaining read, especially if you're a foodie.


At 8:53 PM, Blogger sassymonkey said...

sigh. Yet another one to add to my list of books to read. ;-)


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