There is much ado over Nathan Myhrvold’s Modernist Cuisine and if I had a spare room and a lot of extra cash…well, I still don’t think I’d buy it.
In case you missed the coming of this encyclopedic behemoth, it’s 5 volumes, at around 500 bucks and it’s on back order. I respect and admire the Boyz with Toyz crowd, but in general, I’m a simpler, comfort seeking cook. Let me be clear, there’s a time and place for modernist cuisine, and a time and place for comfort food. There is room to enjoy both; there is no line in the sand and both schools learn from each other.
It is the fresh season, isn’t it? Herbs bursting into flower, tomatoes ripening, more zucchini, more cucumbers. It’s a challenge to use everything in different ways, at least for me. I love tomato salads, but everything in moderation, ok?
Veal Milanese is a flattened and breaded fillet, usually served on a bed of greens with chopped tomatoes. But, with all these herbs crying to be used, why not incorporate herbal flavors into the bread crumbs?