18 August 2008

Julia Child and the Sub-Recipes

If you've ever cooked anything out of Mastering The Art of French Cooking, you know that Julia Child was fond of sub-recipes. Instead of just writing out the instructions for a single finished dish, she refers you to other recipes. You'll have to go dig up the recipe for the this and/or the recipe for the that.

One day, years ago, I was sitting around chewing the fat with my boss. Out of the blue, he asked me "do you have any cookbooks?" I owned up to the fact that we've got rather a lot of cookbooks, and he told me he wanted to learn to make beef bourguignon. In a moment of pedantic evil, I brought in my Julia Child and xeroxed the recipe for the boeuf à la bourguignonne along with the sub-recipe for the brown-braised onions. But, not intentionally, I forgot to copy the sub-recipe for the mushrooms, and of course, I got a call at about 9 that night: What do I do with the mushrooms???

8 comments:

Janet said...

oops!!!

Mental P Mama said...

9 o'clock??? That must have been one late dinner! Now I'm hungry.

kathy a. said...

well, i mean, duh! sautee them in butter!

pretty funny story. that particular recipe is not one of those 30-minute wonders, which probably accounts for the late hour of the call.

Jenn @ Juggling Life said...

He was probably just at the point where he was ready to thrown the whole thing in the disposal and call for Chinese!

I have soooooooo many cookbooks. My mom was a collector and I can't bear to part with them, even though I mostly use my recipe binder or the internet these days.

Eva said...

My husband loves Julia Child. He took up working on that book right after my baby was born. I was so irritated with him. All the dishes, all the time in the kitchen. GRRR. But good food.

womaninawindow said...

I only cook what can be prepared in about 3 to 4 easy steps. I'm pathetic. And I only use the same 6 ingrediants over and over again. Thanks mom!

Kyddryn said...

:::snort:::

I don't know why I'm so tickled by this...

Shade and Sweetwater,
K (who would have left the mushrooms out)

Spurwing Plover said...

bon apitie