Cooking is not always the hard part of cooking. Sometimes getting your mind right is the hardest part. Getting your space right can be the hardest part. Getting to a state of mind where you can see such work as a joy can be difficult. But if you have negotiated with those around you to be the cook or share the cooking responsibilities, mise en place can help.
I spent the better part of a day making sweet potato crêpes so that my CSA sweet potatoes didn’t go to waste. I often ask myself on days like these if I wouldn’t have been better off, say, chucking the potatoes in the freezer, buying some store bought crêpes and playing with my son for a couple hours.
Why would the Nixon administration and the Chinese government put so much emphasis on food during Nixon’s Historic trip to China? Well, a newspaper article from the time alludes to the fact that President Johnson signed an immigration reform bill that outlawed quotas in 1965. This changed the demographics on the East Coast and the West Coast. So the U.S. was getting an influx of Chinese immigrants and China was again becoming a major trading partner with the U.S. So the governments of both countries needed to build goodwill among citizens. They needed to get everyone on board to smooth out the cultural exchange that was about to take place. For decades before this, Americans did not see much of Chinese culture coming into the U.S. and diplomatic relations between the two countries were kind of strained. So images broadcast from the Nixon trip signaled the emergence of new lines of communication that were lubricated with food and drink.
Will has been up to his eyeballs in burrito research, but it is nothing compared to Bill Addison’s Bay-area burrito quest some years back. Listen to some of Addison’s criteria for a good burrito, then find out Will’s pick for the best California-style burrito in town. (Hint: It’s not a national chain.) Also, No Satiation gets named one of the top 10 food blogs in Austin The Austin Chronicle.