Originally Posted by Ed Buchanan
Hey BDL you, Old school and myself never had manuals.
The CIA was a storefront started by a lawyer lady across the street from Harvard for training G I s coming back from Korea. There were no celebrity chefs, TV dinners were in their infancy, supermarkets had real butchers, Graham Kerr and Julia were around showing us how. A french knife for $150.00 or 200.00 unheard of. Convection or microwave??? Foodies?? Jicamma or Star fruit?? When out for dinner with friends, I never critique when the ask me, I tell them straight out I don't do that you be the critic..
Years ago w e were shown the kitchen and told ""Here you work here with Joe, he will show you"" In other words JUST DO IT>
A bit off topic but thanks for the good company reference Ed. You're correct. What manual? Wasn't until I was in the biz for about 6 years before I saw my first. Heck, one guy I was following actually had an ash tray sitting on the side of the line. Worked around Izzy Kramer in Atlanta..... post Diplomat......and he walked around the kitchen chewing on the butt of a lit stoggie. First job was in a pizzeria. We prepped them during the day because they were Chicago pan pizzas so they could rise and then topped them as they were ordered. Anyhow....my first day was in prep and went like this......this may have been in the 70's butI do remember that day.
Guy say's.......This is the dough, this is the pan, this is the oil, this is the sauce, spice can, sausage and cheese. This is what a pizza looks like. You need 500 smalls....300 sausage and 200 cheese, 250 mediums...... 200 sausage and 50 cheese and 400 large.....200 sausage and 200 cheese. The dough was rolled and stretched by hand, sausage was placed on by hand and the table held 100 small or 50 large pizza's at a time. I had 8 hours to make them. Ohh yeah.........here's the cooler. Make sure you put all the new pizza's under the old one's.
Foodies of that day were really few and far between in fact they weren't called foodies at all but rather Gourmet'. There was only Gourmet or Sunset Magazine and the only food shows were on PBS.......The Galloping Gourmet (Graham Kerr) or Julia Child.
Swanson TV dinners........wow.......brings back memories. Favorites were salisbury steak or fried chicken. Ate them on folding TV trays and all. Hehehe