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By lindabcooks
Sept. 6, 2013 11:05 a.m.


In the beginning was my grandmother.† She cooked by feel.† It was almost poetry.
“You knead the dough, and when it feels right, it is † † † † † † † † † † † † † † † † † † † † † † † † † † † † † † † † † † † † † † † † † † † † † † † † † † † † † † † † † † † † † † † † † † † † † † † † † † † †† You taste the sauce as you go, and when it tastes right, it is”
She did her cooking early, before the day warmed up, as she learned in a tiny Italian hilltown.† Transported by marriage to a cold New England kitchen, heat rarely mattered.† Still, she meticulously followed this routine, and by afternoon, kitchen sparkling clean, Nonna settled into her comfortable wingback tuning in a fuzzy Julia Child on prehistoric PBS.
Much later, I realized my grandmother’s fascination with the show:† a woman cooking on television gave the act status.† In JC’s words:† “…cooking is just as creative and imaginative an activity as drawing or music …” Nonna felt like a culinary poet.
So, although I’ve never consider kneading dough, I know my way around a kitchen because of these women …
I can slice, dice, pare, saute, braise, stew, and deep fry.† Anyone can.† Cooking is not supposed to be difficult.† It’s supposed to be life-sustaining.
No mysticism here.† No camera angles either.† Just information and ease of play.

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