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Original Essays | September 18, 2014

Lin Enger: IMG Knowing vs. Knowing

On a hot July evening years ago, my Toyota Tercel overheated on a flat stretch of highway north of Cedar Rapids, Iowa. A steam geyser shot up from... Continue »


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My Bread: The Revolutionary No-Work, No-Knead Method by Jim Lahey and Rick Flaste
My Bread: The Revolutionary No-Work, No-Knead Method

mhandaka, January 19, 2010

Bread baking has, in our family, been limited to dumping the ingredients into the bread machine and walking away. It does produce an edible loaf, but the crust and crumb are unremarkable. When Jim Lahey's recipe for no-knead bread was printed in the New York Times, I had some time on my hands, so I tried it. It worked! Now I make all the family bread this way. Here's what you do: take 3 cups of flour, 1.5 tsp salt, 1/4 (that is not a typo) tsp yeast, 1.5 (or so) cups of water and mix it with a wooden spoon to make a very wet dough. Cover and let rise overnight. Next a.m., fold dough in thirds and place seam side down on a well-floured clean towel and let rise again. Heat a cast iron enamel pan in a 475F oven for 30 minutes. Carefully dump the dough in seam-side up and bake covered for 30 minutes, then remove bread so it can brown and get crusty. That's it! You don't knead the bread; you don't get flour all over yourself, the cat and the kitchen. Lahey, owner of Manhattan's Sullivan Street Bakery, has offered the home baker an easy and effective method to produce the kind of loaf usually on sale in artisan bakeries for a pretty penny. My bread has a dense crumb and a really crusty, crunchy crust. Too bad for my waistline that I love it so much.
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Special Topics in Calamity Physics by Marisha Pessl
Special Topics in Calamity Physics

mhandaka, January 2, 2010

While avidly reading this book, the main reason I couldn't put it down had to do with the fact that I could never figure out what was really going on, but in a good way. It isn't until the end that character motivations actually become clear. And I love the author's creative use of providing footnotes (some fictional) to her narrative.
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Nigella Christmas: Food Family Friends Festivities by Nigella Lawson
Nigella Christmas: Food Family Friends Festivities

mhandaka, November 30, 2009

Nigella Lawson's philosophy fits right in with the busy cook who nevertheless loves entertaining without too much stress. Her breezy style and how-to descriptions are perfect for the beginning cook and entertaining for the experienced one. I have bought all her cookbooks and continually refer to them. Men, buy this for the woman in your life, and enjoy looking at the photos of luscious Nigella before you wrap it up!
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