I read in the newspaper this morning that Americans' vocabularies are shrinking and it is affecting cookbook writers. Apparently, we are no longer able to discern what it means to dredge, to saute, to fold in, to cream something, etc. Amazing.
I read a lot, so that is probably where I attained my vocabulary, AND I love words (hence my daily e-mail from dictionary.com). I am saddened by the thought that people are so badly in need of English lessons AND cooking lessons that they cannot comprehend what is written in a recipe book from the 60's.
I'm sure I learned all those things from my mom, who cooked ALOT...a given, since she had 10 kids. And my mother was a very good cook and a very good teacher.
I love to cook. My favorite recipe source is The New Best Recipe, by the Editors of Cook's Illustrated (my favorite cooking magazine). I love how they have analyzed every recipe, taking into account the Chemistry of cooking, and find the best way to prepare everything. I have not had one single 'failure' when using these recipes. In fact, they are so good that I am loathe to try anyone else's.
So, I've wandered all around cooking and vocabulary. But what the hay...it's my blog and I'll say what I want! I know I haven't made a cogent argument. I'm not actually that GOOD at arguing, anyway. Maybe I should read a book on debating....