I’m hoping that the name of my second book says it all: Changing Courses: A Mission to Get People Off the Couch and into the Kitchen. Like my last book, this is a memoir with recipes. This time, instead of the classic and complicated French cuisine that I learned at Le Cordon Bleu, the recipes are all straightforward numbers designed for home cooks. Most of the recipes incorporate a lesson, from knife skills to roasting to mastering a simple saute.
If you didn’t figure it out from my last post, I want people to cook more from real foods and rely less on process, takeout and fast food. Why? It’s better for you, it’s better for family, your wallet, your waistline and the environment. I’m not suggesting an hour or more every day. Most of my own meals are pretty basic affairs that take less than, well, 30 minutes. (Sorry Ruhlman.)
I am assembling a small army of volunteer recipe testers from all walks of life and with all levels of skill to test the recipes and offer feedback to help make them clear enough that even cooks without much experience can follow them with success. The best testers will be acknowledged in the book. You up for it? Email me.