Times have changed
I was browsing an old cookbook today and wondering if I was brave enough to try the recipe for corn pudding, which starts with popcorn. Reading old cookbooks reminds me just how much more used to be expected of the cook. Cookbooks today really spell everything out for you, and if they don't they usually have some sort of glossary or instruction section. But then, they just told you to make a custard, or poach some fish, and I won't even get started on the killing and plucking and scalding. Could we handle it now?
I appreciate having the more specific instructions we have today. I like that cooking doesn't have to be some big mystery anymore if you were never taught how (which, for the record, I was: thanks, Mom). Anyone can learn how with a little practice and a good, basic cookbook.
And nerds like me can waste our time browsing old cookbooks and wondering if we could have managed back in the day.