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Jo Procter
Worked for Julia Child; studied with Madeleine Kamman. Added a few pounds.
Interests: reading, writing, thinking, cooking, politics, art, jokes in almost any order.
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Jo Procter added a favorite at Ruth Reichl
Aug 12, 2015
Before Gourmet's test kitchen remark reminds me of Julia Child's original way around that problem. She used her early TV shows as her "test kitchen" when I worked for her at WGBH. The recipes were given out on the program recipes as well as in mailed copies. Following the broadcast my job was to answer listener complaints and corrections and compile these so that "correct" recipes could be included in "The French Chef Cookbook." I suspect this crowd sourced test kitchen was one reason why Julia was not unhappy to be paid a lowly fee for her TV programs.
Toggle Commented Aug 1, 2015 on Italy in America, Circa 1951 at Ruth Reichl
I'm so glad to read ItalianDish's comment. But I didn't know about the book. Anything you write is delightful to read and your recipes are super. Maybe it's because people don't like apples much any more - now that they can buy all kinds of fruit, especially through the winter?
Toggle Commented May 27, 2015 on A Book and its Cover, Part II at Ruth Reichl
I love your words but not your photos. How about a few lessons with Mr. Sung? I've been bothered for a while that your food photos are unappetizing because of your color reproduction. However, we do have your words. Those are jewels.
Toggle Commented Apr 16, 2015 on My Dinner at Dill at Ruth Reichl
HI - The Alice Toklas book is a good read, but her recipes (followed to the T) are pretty bad. I think your readers should be wary. You're such a good cook that you could make anything taste good. The rest of us mortals are another story. ajp
Toggle Commented Feb 6, 2015 on Recipe for a Snowy Day at Ruth Reichl
Your journal is a wonderful to-read now present. You have my 2014 thanks and that I look forward to more in 2015. I especially appreciate your sharing your recipes. Two possibilities? for your take on or information about: "River Cottage Veg" cookbook and the chance of you getting your hands on and sharing Nora Ephron's cookbook that it was report she sent to her friends before her death. Thanks.
Toggle Commented Dec 28, 2014 on Pleasing a Crowd at Ruth Reichl
OK, Day 5 is the BEST yet. Can I assume you're doing the Twelve Days of Christmas or is this an Advent Calendar?
Toggle Commented Nov 28, 2014 on 2014 Gift Guide, Day Five at Ruth Reichl
I love everything you write; always have. But can't say the same for your photography. I know you're not trying for a professional food photo but wonder if there is a small camera that might do a better job with the colors than what you're using? Color and texture are important. Sorry to complain. I'll keep reading.
Toggle Commented Oct 11, 2014 on Paris Notes: Ledoyen at Ruth Reichl
Jo Procter added a favorite at Ruth Reichl
Jun 2, 2014
I can't wait to read your novel and to see you at Politics&Prose. Your presence has been (too) long missed from the publishing scene. I ask myself, "Am I eating more poorly with Gourmet gone?" Afraid, the answer is, "Yes, my meals are not as good." Happy to hear I don't have to try this eggplant thingey - eggplants always make me cross anyway because they are so needy for liquid.
Toggle Commented May 12, 2014 on Another Weird WW II Recipe at Ruth Reichl
The sitting pig looks more like a frog. Thumbs down on this pair unless they were all you could find.
Toggle Commented Dec 15, 2013 on Gift Guide: Pigging Out at Ruth Reichl
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