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Dec 14, 2013 10:22 AM

What's Happened to Home Cooking?

Genevieve Fox asks in the Guardian:


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  1. Um, that's not happening at my home..

    1. Nor mine. I can't even be bothered to pipe frosting onto a cupcake.

      1. "it's now time to 'pool the sauce and swipe through.'"

        Yes, yes, yes! And the dots on the plate thing. Long past time for that to be over, and not only at home.

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        1. re: JoanN

          if I swiped or piped my husband would be concerned I was on my way out and call a Dr.

        2. Give me the old fashioned slab of meat taking a bath on my plate in a puddle of gravy. I love watching the new cooking shows on TV, but I'm perplexed at the focus on the finished artwork that is served as the meal. I ate at 2 different restaurants that did this. It definitely turned me off. I never went back to either place. My focus is on flavor and not how picturesque the chef can manipulate the food I intend to eat appear.

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          1. re: i_am_Lois

            I always sort of figure that it's an attempt to compensate for less-than-stellar food.

            While once in a while I like to putter around with things like making a pastry poinsettia for the top of last night's baked Brie, I'd far rather put good food on a plate and enjoy it with friends and family.

          2. Who cares? If you want to do it do it. If not, don't. No one is forcing anyone is "plate up" or use a piping bag ect. I swear people will whine about anything. This is just another example of "anyone driving slower than me is an idiot and anyone driving faster than me is a maniac" syndrome.

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            1. re: rasputina

              I'm guessing you missed the point entirely--poor you.

              1. re: Kagemusha

                I think the point is that people like to complain. Am I right? No? Oh well, that's what I took away from it.

                1. re: donovt

                  I couldn't relate to it. I don't prepare home cooked meals that way and I don't run to restaurants that do. But I'm perplexed by the notion that people complaining about any particular topic is news. I mean if you don't care what the article has to say, as rasputina said, that's your right of course..but in doing so that's also a complaint. Funny that.

                  1. re: HillJ

                    It's the type of article I file under the heading "peculiarities of the chattering classes," as the British refer to the affluent, educated inhabitants of the major cities like London or New York or Los Angeles, and as such you occasionally find articles in the corresponding newspapers (the NYTimes, Guardian) that leave you scratching your head and thinking, "oh, really? My, what interesting problems you have."

                    1. re: Roland Parker

                      Roland, that's what makes this big world of ours go round!

                      1. re: Roland Parker

                        Too bad they're so smart and literate. Must be a burden for them.

                  2. re: Kagemusha

                    I get the point but like rasputina, who cares. Poor me too