Wednesday, October 25, 2006

clean as new



Today, I attended a wonderful lunch event to celebrate the release of chef Charlie Palmer's new cookbook Charlie Palmer's Practical Guide to the New American Kitchen. As to be expected, the book is filled with really easy, delicious recipes (definitely try the shrimp tempura and tuna tartare!) and beautiful food photography--but the truly cool part is that the entire cookbook is completely waterproof. It's made from a material known as DuraBook, which feels just like regular paper but it's stainproof; it can be wiped clean if you turn a page with, say, chocolate or chorizo on your fingers. And at this lunch, we all reverted back into toddler finger painters as we dropped dollops of ketchup, avacado relish and lemon tarte all over the pages and smeared them around. And after a quick swipe of the napkin across the pages, the mess was gone and our cookbooks returned to new. I also tried ripping and tearing the paper (obviously had a lot of pent up frustration to get out) but it wouldn't give. Charlie said that the cookbooks could even be put through the dishwasher and they would come out just fine. Now if I could only get myself a dishwasher ...


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