“Anyone can cook in the French manner anywhere, with the right instruction.”-Julia Child
Both Julia Child and Chef Gusteau agree: Anyone can cook. I believe that is true, so if anyone can cook, than anyone can prepare and eat real food. Cooking real food does not have to take a long time, involve difficult techniques, or require expensive equipment. Sharp knives are a definite plus, as well as a basic assortment of pots and pans. Learn a few simple techniques, and you can enjoy real food as often as you want.
As inspiration, I offer up the following video. This guy is great. In the spirit of the clip from “Ratatouille” above, he is making Confit Byaldi, the dish recreated in animation for the movie “Ratatouille”. Although it seems complex, as Matt says in the video, it is all just basic prep techniques that anyone can perform. He uses a mandoline to slice his vegetables thin, but I used a sharp knife and achieved perfectly acceptable results, and as mandoline slicers can be expensive, I decided I didn’t need to buy one just to make this recipe. I had some trouble peeling my peppers, so I didn’t and that was fine. Also, I served it the same evening I made it, and it was delicious, so if you don’t want to refrigerate it overnight, don’t.
The whole family enjoyed this dish; it’s no wonder Anton Ego was completely disarmed by it, because it is real, old-fashioned comfort food.