In the words of former US President, Richard M. Nixon, "I'm not a cook..."
...or something like that.
Growing up in an Italian family, I spent a lot of time in the kitchen. I was always chopping vegetables or watching some adult pour pasta into a pot I could just about sit in. I have fond memories of baking cookies with my grandfather and watching my mother layer lasagna, but I have regrets too.
See, I never actually learned how to cook. Sure, I could boil water and go through the motions. I could even create some fairly edible concoctions, but I never fully understood what I was doing and why. What makes dinner work? I had no idea. Actually, I still don't! But I'm dedicated to learning.
That's why I've set out to write my first book -- a kitchen book -- where I will demystify dinner and hopefully help some of my fellow clueless cooks out there. This blog will serve as a sounding board for my research and work. I promise to (try to) update it weekly with a new recipe and to keep you posted on my progress.
As my grandmother would say, "Vaffancu---"