Tuesday, June 12, 2007

Mabel's first Patricia Wells recipe

Mabel has been seeing references to Patricia Wells lately, first in Life is Meals by James and Kay Salter and then in a Mark Bittman article promoting Wells' new book.

She couldn't resist the urge to go out and buy a copy of Bistro Cooking, an older cookbook that Bittman pronounced "a near-perfect collection of family-restaurant recipes from around the country." (I guess she wasn't as impressed with the description of the latest book.)

Mabel has first dibs on these recipes. I'm banned from them until she loses interest. Tonight was supposed to be a relaxing evening of cooking her first recipe from the book, Tagliatelle aux Moules Brasserie Le Coq, but she didn't realize how long it would take to shuck 4 lbs. of mussels and peel and core tomatoes. By the time she was finished, the main thing she could think of was the mess in the kitchen.

Regardless, she pronounced: "I think Bistro Cooking is off to a good start." The recipe was pretty good. I don't think either of us had ever bothered to peel tomatoes before, but it's a nice touch.

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