Recipe for Disaster

Posted June 25, 2010 by jimhigley

I’ve just escaped for a few minutes to a Barnes and Noble as I wait for my youngest boy’s baseball game to begin. I like bookstores. I prefer independents. But this B&N will do. I’m not even looking to buy today. Just sit and people watch.

I found a few soft, cushy, overstuffed chairs upstairs. Tucked neatly away from everything, I decided it would be a nice respite from the craziness of the last few days. As my toosh hit the seat cushion it dropped like a boat’s anchor. When I finally came to a rest, I realized that I was really tired. Sitting was going to be good for me. People talk about “power naps.” I’ve never taken one. But, I decided I was going to have a “power sit.”

Then my eyes started to wander. I started looking at the big wall display behind me which is loaded with cookbooks. About twenty or thirty different ones. I started scanning them and found myself overwhelmed by a suppressed feeling of inadequacy I have regarding my cooking skills. I should have looked away but it was like road kill. And, the more I looked, the worse about myself I felt. Don’t get me wrong, I CAN cook. I can follow recipes pretty well. I just don’t make it a priority in my day. And, usually, by the time someone yells at me to declare that they are starving, it’s too late to prepare something. So, I improvise. And feel bad about myself.

I didn’t want to feel bad about myself today. I just wanted a break. But here I am, finding myself giving mini book reviews on cookbooks I haven’t even touched:

The Master Your Metabolism Cookbook
– Does that mean Oreos are out?

Serious Barbecue – Smoke, Char, Baste, and Brush Your Way to Great Outdoor Cooking
– I’m intimidated by burgers still. Pass.

Everyday Family Dinners
– Would that require that the entire family sit together every day?

Julia Child’s Mastering the Art of French Cooking
– Loved the movie. I know how it turns out.

Edible: A Celebration of Local Foods
– Did you know Tootsie Rolls were made near me?

Paula Deen’s Family Cookbook
– I like you, Paula. But I’m tired of you pushing your boys on me. It’s kind of like the Donald and his kids. Stop.

Rick Bayless: Fiesta by Rick
– Rick’s great. But he’s clapping in the cover picture. Grown men clapping looks weird.

United Cakes of America
– Now we’re talking!

Happy in the Kitchen
– I don’t think so.

Giada at Home
– Giada, you are welcome in my home any old day.

O.K., so my 10 minute power sit is over. I’m stressed and heading the baseball game.

Hotdog anyone?