I do all the cooking at home and most of the time, I don't mind since I find cooking to be a very relaxing activity and it's a superb stress reliever for me. But there are those times when I come home after a long and hectic day at work and I find that I barely have enough energy and motivation to open the refrigerator door let alone concoct anything edible on the stove. On one such evening, I muttered something to my husband about how I wish he knew how to cook so I didn't have to. It was mostly the exhaustion talking but he took it to heart and felt bad that his inability to cook was such a burden for me at times.
A few weeks go by and he brings up an idea - he wanted to learn how to cook and he wanted me to teach him. I figured this could be a good experience and way for us to do something together so I agreed. But there was a catch (when you're married to a writer, there's always a catch) - he wanted to know what fundamental lessons he could pick up via the cookbooks and recipes of great culinary masters such as-Robuchon, Keller, Trotter, Ducasse, Boulud, e.g.. We have over 200 hundred cookbooks, some of which I don't think I've ever opened so at first I though - ok, cool, maybe I can learn something as well but then I realized, Charles can barely tell one end of a knife from the other and now he wants to replicate advanced cooking techniques and preparations? There's no way, he could hurt himself. But then, I wondered what would it be like for someone such as him to approach these recipes and techniques from such a novice perspective and what lessons could we all learn from what he perceives? It could certainly be interesting - so I agreed.
We've gone through two chefs so far - David Chang and Thomas Keller. David Chang's ramen recipe was extraordinary. It took 20 lbs of meat and two days to make which is quite remarkable when you consider ramen is mostly associated (at least in the US) with something that you can make in your microwave in 60 seconds. Thomas Keller "taught" us how to make fried chicken and I learned finally how to make mayonnaise from scratch.
If you get chance, I hope you can follow us, the blog is called homecookingschooled.There are links to photos on a flickr account as well. This weekend, we're doing recipes from Chef José Andrés who we absolutely love and adore.