Friday, July 11
I think the majority of you are liking Anne Burrell's new show on Food Network, Secrets of a Restaurant Chef.
She's got a fun personality, is an expert chef, and really takes her time going through the steps necessary to make a great restaurant-quality meal at home.
But some things bothered a few of you: 1) The Grover-like voice she occasionally takes on, usually when referring to how "brown food tastes good"; 2) Her "hula dance" movements; 3) Her "flailing" arms.
I don't really have a problem with any of those things. I think that's just how she is, and it's nice she's not trying to tone things down or act like she "should" act while hosting a cooking show.
The other thing that horrified a few of you was her salt content. Anne Burrell uses a lot of salt (and no pepper, if you've noticed) for her "aggressively seasoned" food.
Anne told Reuters about her love of NaCl:
"I think people will be surprised with the level of seasonings I use. I'm committed to seasoning my food well and that's what happens in a restaurant. Also there are things like browning food and using high heat. At a restaurant, it's the secret of using flavors. These are the secrets that I'm trying to let people know."
And what's a big mistake we home cooks are making?
"Not tasting your food. It's such a simple thing, but people follow a recipe and they don't taste food as they go. If it doesn't taste good, you can adjust along the way. But you need to taste every step of the way. In the restaurant, we taste all day long, every day."
Good advice, Anne! Yay... it's Friday!