When your time gets out of hand, when your loved ones turn into strangers and your home life begins to crumble, I suggest you sound an alarm. Pick up a kitchen timer, and turn the dial counter-clockwise.
Few things are more frustrating than misplacing or never acquiring a treasured family recipe. T. Susan Chang struggled for many years to recreate her mother's apple cake recipe. As with most types of human trauma, the first stage was denial.
An outdoor grill may seem simple, but it is actually a complex cooking tool, and understanding how it works is crucial to making great food outdoors, and a necessity before handing your credit card to the clerk.
Anthony Bourdain, author of Kitchen Confidential, amusingly calls good culinary writing "food porn." He is entirely right. The language of the kitchen, with its "searing," "juices" and "drippings," is semi-erotic.
As a child I was unaware that the process of cooking and using food in the way we did at my grandmother's house in a small industrial city in Sweden would become completely chic and modern in New York City 30 years later.