Do you, or someone you know, suffer from CPD (Culinary Performance Dysfunction)? What is CPD? It is the aversion to cooking, in a kitchen, anything besides microwave burritos or jarred spaghetti.
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In a recent article published by Globe and Mail (see "Cooking as Therapy"), Julia Belluz, delves into the emotional and psychological healing aspects that cooking affords those who are open to the subtle nuances found in participating in the simple acts of prepping, creating and presenting their food.
This cookbook while geared for the testosterone set (i.e men), can be a nice addition to any cooking library. David presents the recipes and contents of this cookbook in a very logical manner.
The next 15 sections are devoted to assembling, cooking and creating a mood in 15 different entertaining scenarios:
- Scotch Tasting Affair
- Super-bowl / March Madness
- Cheese and Wine Party
- The Initial Flame (grilling)
- Pool Party
- Tailgating in Style
- Cooking With Kiddos
- Double Date Night
- Romantic Dinner (Spring/Summer)
- Romantic Dinner Another Night (Fall/Winter)
- Breakfast in Bed
- Brunch with the In-laws
- Cocktail Party Finger Food
- Poker Night With The Boys
So hopefully when you are looking to find gifts this season, think of those who suffer from CPD, and try to enable them, into the culinary world, which they fear so well. Encourage them, and give them the tools to inspire confidence. But over all, be supportive.
The view expressed here are mine & mone alone. I wrote this review while participating in a blog tour by Parent Reviewers. I received a "proof copy" of Entertain Like a Gentleman, so that I could provide my honest feedback. Please read more about Renaissance Culinaire's Disclosure Policy.