I recently received Anthony Bourdain’s – Appetites: A Cookbook.
There are some funny bits and some smart bits. And some stuff about his kid. In the “Party 101” chapter Bourdain shares some ideas from his catering background. What caught me was this:
…All that being said, the single most important lesson I learned over the course of many years, and many, many parties, is this humbling but inescapable fact: that no matter what you serve, no matter how beautifully presented, strikingly garnished, exotic in flavor, or expensive … what everybody wants, what they will be all over like a swarm, every time, is commerically made freezer-case-sourced pigs in fucking blankets. It doesn’t matter who your guests are. They will eat them, and they will love them. Whether this involves post-ironic posturing or just straightforward enthusiasm, they will love them just the same.
Well, I had to try that out.. didn’t I?
[A few minutes out of the oven and about 25% have been eaten.]
The was a lot more food than there were people, but most of the pigs in a blanket were consumed anyway. Bourdain is probably 100% right, even adjusting for a home environment.
I’ll need to try this “test” again on a bigger, unsuspecting crowd and see how it shakes out.
Thanks to SeattleAuthor and spouse for the book.
Amazon link here.