Welcome to the redesigned ruhlman.com, with great thanks to Leah McCombe, the designer, and Kyle Crouse, the programmer. Please forgive us if it takes a few days to work out any bugs. Most of the changes are cosmetic, but a couple of new items have been added. I’m going to try to offer signed copies of most books via paypal and see if this is practical. Also, I’ll be writing a second blog, called The Elements of Cooking (using terms or ideas from the book), on which I hope to address issues of fundamental cooking technique.
It’s been an active week on the blog with the book tour and the Next Iron Chef brouhaha. It’s my policy not to delete posts unless they are truly harmful in some way, but I urge commenters to post only words that you would say aloud to whomever it is you are addressing. Just ask yourself if you would before hitting the button.
In response to the vitriol, I would offer this:
Among my favorite books, if not my favorite book ever, is Brendan Gill’s Here At The New Yorker . In it he says too much is made of life’s being serious:
“In fact,” he writes, “not a shred of evidence exists in favor of the argument that life is serious, though it is often hard and sometimes terrible. And saying that, I am prompted to add what follows out of it. That since everything ends badly for us in the inevitable catastrophe of death, it seems obvious that the first rule of life is to have a good time; and that the second rule of life is to hurt as few people as possible in the course of doing so. There is no third rule.”
Comments and criticisms on the new design are most welcome!