I should, perhaps, be more clear: Mark Bittman is not my actual lover. I have, instead, loved him from afar, as both a dedicated reader of his New York Times columns and owner of his cookbook How to Cook Everything. I also have his iPhone app.
But I am sorry to report that the third time was not a charm for me.
Last week, I decided to try his Meat Loaf recipe (p.723). I should say off the bat that I am not a real fan of meat loaf. I'd rather eat meatballs or a burger, but meat loaf seemed like a good way to mix things up. And when you're cooking 187 pounds of meat, mixing things up is generally a good thing.
But having said all that, the meat loaf was just OK. To be fair, I didn't use a mixture of ground meats (beef, veal, lamb and/or pork) like he suggested so I don't know if that would have made a difference. Nevertheless, I was definitely underwhelmed.
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In addition to CC, I'm also going to a consult a wonderful book I just bought called An Everlasting Meal by Tamar Adler. I'm still at the cradle lovingly and browse stage of book ownership so I don't have a full review yet, but I have excitedly browsed the meat chapter (called "How To Be Tender"), and I have high hopes. So out with the old and in with the new.
Sorry, Mark. It was great while it lasted.