Ilivetolearn's Blog

November 2, 2011

in order to make an omelet…

Filed under: books/authors,food/groceries — ilivetolearn @ 6:12 pm

I recently listened to Blood, Bones, & Butter by Gabrielle Hamilton (read expertly by the author), which has been described by none other than Anthony Bourdain as, “Magnificent. Simply the best memoir by a chef ever. Ever.”

It is truly great. Absorbing, funny, heartbreaking, and full of good food. I loved her description of the absolutely obsessive way Jacques Pépin teaches culinary students how to make an omelet. Shortly after I had finished it, there was a New York Times article describing Pépin’s process, which Bill read and is using regularly. Here’s a link to the video:

http://video.nytimes.com/video/2011/10/18/dining/100000001116746/jacques-p-pin-how-to-make-an-omelet.html?scp=1&sq=jacques%20pepein%20omelette&st=cse

Bill’s method involves less stirring with the fork and more violent shaking of the pan, including whacking it on the stovetop. A friend for whom he produced one of these masterpieces asked, “What the heck is he doing over there?” when she heard all the noise. So now in our household instead of the phrase “To make an omelet you’ve got to break some eggs,” we say, “To make an omelet you’ve got to break the stove.”

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