Vanessa Chang
(A Glutton with Brains)


a glutton with brains

A Meme for the Books


Kalyn and Bea were kind enough to include me on a rather interesting meme. An obsession we all know painfully well. The endless mound of cookbooks that take up every free nook and cranny in the house.

Where do you obtain the recipes you prepare?
Actual recipes—I get these from other blogs, magazines, and books. Inspiration I usually get from restaurants.

How often do you cook a new recipe?
I try to once a week. I call it therapy.

Where do you store your favourite recipes?
If it's in a book, it's already organized and sitting on a metro rack in the living room. The others are stored somewhere in email files.

How large is your recipe pile? Is it organized? How?
I let go of a few cookbooks, only keeping those I used...kind of. Sort of. Not really organized in anyway. Just as long as I can see the spine and the title.

What is the oldest recipe in your to try pile?
I have no idea. The books I have had the longest is a coffeetable book by Joyce Goldstein called Mediterranean: The Beautiful Cookbook and The Frugal Gourmet Cooks Italian.

Are you really ever going to make all those recipes in your to try pile?
Perhaps in a dimension where there is world peace, champagne never loses its fizzle, and I never have to pay for Cinemax just so that I can watch Comedy Central.

Do you follow a recipe exactly or modify as you go?
Modify. I tend to have better results when I've "made it my own." When I follow a recipe to the tee, I tend to get anxious, nervous, riddled with expectation, and it never comes out as good as I'd like. So why set myself up for failure?

What is one new recipe that you’re scared to try?
It wasn't always this way, but any of Paula Wolfert's recipes. It requires time that I do not currently have (multi-day projects, here). And as good as the food may be, the end product leaves me feeling inadequate/disatisfied with my current life, because again, I don't have the time to cook like this and research such joyfully slow techniques on a daily basis.

Tag at least one new food blogger for this meme (”new” as in only blogging a few months):
I'm tagging fellow Utahn Erin of Erin Eats.

Tag at least one food blogger you visit regularly but never interacted with:
I tend to be loud and make myself known. So I'm at a loss for this one.

Tag at least one food blogger you constantly visit and leave comments:
I think just about everyone has been tagged for this one. So I'll leave this as a meme-free-for-all.

Tag anyone else you want:
No ones comes to mind now.

Now if you'll excuse me, I'm off to sate some lasagna cravings. If I'm lucky, I'll have time to post about it soon...