|My cookbook collection.|
The problem, though, is that while I love looking through them and thinking of all the wonderful things I'd like to make, I never seem to have the time to actually make all the recipes in them. Add to that the fact that my husband is a somewhat picky eater, and there are just the two of us, plus my own weight issues, the cookbooks are really just kind of taking up space.
I also enjoy cooking shows on TV, particularly Top Chef. The thing I like about them is their skill in creating new dishes out of nothing, except their own talent and knowledge of food. This is an ability I do not possess. I'm a skilled recipe follower, and enjoy cooking and baking, but there's no way I could be given a challenge involving scallops and quinoa and have any idea what to do with them.
Which is also why TV cooking shows are so frustrating. For cooks like me, I look at them and admire them, but they really make me feel incompetent.
So, here's what I think I should do. I think that what the Food Network needs is not one more chef coming up with new and exciting recipes. I think it needs a show where a competent, workmanlike cook prepares a meal each week using the recipes in her collection of cookbooks. It would show those of us whose own self-esteem takes a beating during each episode of Iron Chef or Top Chef that cooking can be fun and rewarding even if you're just following a recipe. And, it would give me an excuse to actually try the Beef Wellington recipe in my Better Homes and Gardens cookbook.
I think a show like that could be a lot of fun, even more so with a wacky sidekick. Let me know if you're interested.