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Which cuisine would you study?

Poll ended at Fri Apr 14, 2006 4:14 pm

Chinese
6
22%
Italian
7
26%
Classic French
9
33%
Indian
3
11%
Spanish
0
No votes
South American
0
No votes
Japanese (including sushi)
1
4%
Vietnamese
1
4%
 
Total votes : 27

Which cuisine would you like to study with a true master?

Postby Jenise » Fri Mar 31, 2006 4:14 pm

This message is going to appear AFTER the poll, but pretend it's the other way around, okay?

There are types of foods that many of us never do at home but tend to go out to finner for. Oh, sure, we incorporate a few items that are related or even authentically en pointe, but we do that because we love those flavors while remaining firmly in our base cuisine based mostly on regional typicity and mom's cooking.

But what about achieving true proficiency? Which cuisine other than your own would you opt to study with a real pro breakfast, lunch and dinner?
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Definitely Indian

Postby Cynthia Wenslow » Fri Mar 31, 2006 4:29 pm

I've had a few lessons cooking at the side of some friends from India, but I would love to feel as confident "whipping something up" in this cuisine as I do in most others.

Great question, Jenise! What's your personal answer?
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Re: Which cuisine would you like to study with a true master

Postby Stuart Yaniger » Fri Mar 31, 2006 5:22 pm

Sorry, I'm going to be difficult.

With a true master, I'd study ANY of those cuisines, with the exception of South America. Which box should I check?
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Re: Which cuisine would you like to study with a true master

Postby Paul B. » Fri Mar 31, 2006 6:34 pm

Certainly Classic French here.

Bet you never thought I'd say that ... :lol:
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Re: Which cuisine would you like to study with a true master

Postby Robin Garr » Fri Mar 31, 2006 7:28 pm

Jenise wrote:Which cuisine other than your own would you opt to study with a real pro breakfast, lunch and dinner?


Tough call. Very, very tough. I'm inclined to agree with Stuart. But if I have to pick one, it would have to be Italian. I love it, I'm good at it already, and it makes me happy.
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Re: Which cuisine would you like to study with a true master

Postby Carl K » Fri Mar 31, 2006 8:57 pm

definately another vote for Italian here. Many of my dishes have an Italian-American inspiration already, but I don't have much experience with the real thing beyond what I've learned by reading and/or watching Mario. I'd love a chance to learn how to really cook Italian dishes at the feet of a master.
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Re: Which cuisine would you like to study with a true master

Postby John Tomasso » Sat Apr 01, 2006 9:39 am

I voted for Chinese. It's a cuisine I enjoy, but am uncomfortable with in the kitchen. I need lessons.
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Re: Definitely Indian

Postby Jenise » Sat Apr 01, 2006 1:57 pm

Cynthia, though what I eat and cook is more Italian in sensibility than anything, I voted Chinese, and it was a hard choice between that and classic French. I wouldn't have turned down a shot at Indian, either.
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Can we have more choices?

Postby Bernard Roth » Sat Apr 01, 2006 7:01 pm

I am already "expert" in Classic French cuisine - at least as expert as I'm likely to need to be at home. But Modern French cuisine is a different story. May I?

To the extent that Modern French borrows a lot from Japanese and Modern Spanish, those are my next choices.
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Italian....no doubt...

Postby Richard_Atkinson » Sat Apr 01, 2006 7:43 pm

As Robin says...we're pretty good at it now, but we'd love to learn more.

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Re: Which cuisine would you like to study with a true master

Postby wrcstl » Mon Apr 03, 2006 11:26 am

French would be my last choice. Maybe I am not correct but when I think of classic French I think of many ingredients, too many sauces and in general heavy flavors. French cooking is changing, becoming much lighter and fresher but Classic French with a master would be more interesting as a knowledge and technique base than as a cuisine for me. For the same reasons I would choose Italian, one main ingredient, lots of herbs and just add bread and wine.
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Re: Which cuisine would you like to study with a true master

Postby David M. Bueker » Mon Apr 03, 2006 12:53 pm

I picked Chinese, but I would truly love a chance to study Thai cuisine in all its variations.

I'm pretty comfortable with French and Italian. The Asian cuisines just baffle me though. Even when I faithfully follow a recipe from a good source I get it all wrong.
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Re: Which cuisine would you like to study with a true master

Postby Jenise » Mon Apr 03, 2006 1:13 pm

David M. Bueker wrote:I picked Chinese, but I would truly love a chance to study Thai cuisine in all its variations.

I'm pretty comfortable with French and Italian. The Asian cuisines just baffle me though. Even when I faithfully follow a recipe from a good source I get it all wrong.


Same reason I chose Chinese. And Thai? Dumb me, I meant to include that on the list.
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Re: Which cuisine would you like to study with a true master

Postby Christina Georgina » Mon Apr 03, 2006 8:27 pm

I feel totally uninhibited with Mediterranean cuisines but recipe locked for all Asian cuisines. I would like to study with any Chinese, Thai, Japanese , Vietnamese expert . It's not so much the techniques that are daunting but simply the "feel" and "intuition" of combining ingredients and flavorings. Great question.
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Re: Which cuisine would you like to study with a true master

Postby MtBakerDave » Tue Apr 04, 2006 1:48 am

David M. Bueker wrote:I picked Chinese, but I would truly love a chance to study Thai cuisine in all its variations.

I'm pretty comfortable with French and Italian. The Asian cuisines just baffle me though. Even when I faithfully follow a recipe from a good source I get it all wrong.


It's a really tough question, no doubt! I can cook French, Italian and Indian reasonably well, and those are the ones that I'd probably study if I had a chance. Plus Southern cooking!

I'd love to cook a little Thai as well, but I've never had any luck with it. I'm even less than a rank beginner with Thai. For that reason I wouldn't want to study it with a world-class chef. I would never have hired Vladimir Horowitz to teach me beginner piano for example, even if I could have when he was alive. The idea is ridiculous. Same with a top chef teaching me the basics of cooking.

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Re: Which cuisine would you like to study with a true master

Postby Paul Winalski » Sat Apr 08, 2006 12:24 am

David M. Bueker wrote:I picked Chinese, but I would truly love a chance to study Thai cuisine in all its variations.

I'm pretty comfortable with French and Italian. The Asian cuisines just baffle me though. Even when I faithfully follow a recipe from a good source I get it all wrong.


I got into cooking the other way around. Chinese was what I started with, and I have a pretty good foundation with it and other Asian cuisines. But I still feel uncomfortable and a bit lost with French or other European continental cuisine.

I'd like to study Indian cuisine with a master. I can prepare various Indian dishes from detailed recipes, but I don't have a feel for what makes it tick--which spices to use when, for example. I have a good grasp of the systematics behind Chinese cooking, and Julia Child's "The Way To Cook" gave me similar insights into French cooking, but with Indian cooking I still feel I'm just following a formula without really understanding why it works.

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Re: Which cuisine would you like to study with a true master

Postby Larry Greenly » Sat Apr 08, 2006 10:59 am

David M. Bueker wrote:I picked Chinese, but I would truly love a chance to study Thai cuisine in all its variations.

I'm pretty comfortable with French and Italian. The Asian cuisines just baffle me though. Even when I faithfully follow a recipe from a good source I get it all wrong.


I'm curious about what goes wrong. Perhaps we can dissect your problem and get you on the road to Thai cooking, one of my faves.
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Re: Which cuisine would you like to study with a true master

Postby Alan Uchrinscko » Wed Apr 12, 2006 2:03 pm

I'm with Bernard.

When I'm really cooking, most everything I do is some simplified French, Italian Continental European type thing. When I'm really, really cooking, it's more classical French stuff.

I voted Japanese because I would love to add more non-traditional (i.e. non-european) elements to things I cook even though I try (sometimes successfully!) already some. + I love seafood. My second choice would be Vietnamese.
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Re: Which cuisine would you like to study with a true master

Postby Bill Spohn » Wed Apr 12, 2006 4:01 pm

Gee - no one but me voted for Vietnamese?

Maybe it is because good friends have just returned from a month in Laos and Viet Nam, taking cooking courses there, but it sounds fascinating and isn't old hat like European cuisine.

At least you sensibly left US out of the choices ("Can I offer you fries with that?")

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Does anyone know what that smiley is DOING? It looks vaguely rude......
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Re: Which cuisine would you like to study with a true master

Postby Jenise » Wed Apr 12, 2006 4:25 pm

Bill Spohn wrote:At least you sensibly left US out of the choices


And Canadian and English....

And, um, that smiley of yours. I think Stu Yaniger posed for it.
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Re: Which cuisine would you like to study with a true master

Postby Bill Spohn » Wed Apr 12, 2006 4:28 pm

Jenise wrote:And Canadian and English....



Ahh - maybe the smiley is an English chef having his way with a Yorkie....pudding, of course!
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Re: Which cuisine would you like to study with a true master

Postby tsunami » Sun Apr 16, 2006 2:59 am

i would choose vietnam

because,

french is very familiar to me :roll: ,

italian ? well, i`m italian :wink:

japanese? i`m going into since a few years. :lol:

chinese? but only the real back-country (incl. all kind of food :shock: !!) would be an interesting option



vietnam : (eat-drink-man-woman) yes, that really old kitchen and to learn to make all these stuff, 8) , yes that is my first chioce!
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