I’ve really been struggling with the blog lately. I feel like it’s been uninspired and well, let’s face it, flat. Don’t get me wrong, I love cooking, taking photos and even writing, but somehow without an end goal I feel just a little bit funny. I guess I’m just one of those people who needs to work towards something.

It’s weird because I thought I would really enjoy free blogging whatever I felt like, but instead, I feel a little bit lost. I really think cooking Momofuku threw me out of my regular cooking comfort zone. While being outside of my comfort zone isn’t, well, comfortable, it’s definitely interesting. Left to my own devices I think this blog would see a lot more re-posts on the dishes I love to make and eat over and over again.

So I thought about it long and hard and I decided I need another cookbook. Not one to obsess over, but one I can turn to when I don’t know what to make. So, soon this blog is going to be known as The Blog Formerly Known as Momofuku for 2. (Hey, if Prince can do it, so can I. At least I’m not choosing an unpronounceable symbol…or should I?)

As for the cook book, I’ve decided on Thomas Keller’s Ad Hoc at Home. I’ve already made a couple dishes from Ad Hoc to rave reviews from my taste buds. They (and Mike) are demanding Ad Hoc and I’m not one who likes to disappoint. I’m simultaneously looking forward to and dreading Keller’s precision-based recipes.

I’ll be starting on the Ad Hoc journey very soon, but of course, because I can’t be goal-oriented all the time, I’ll round out the blog with random, unrelated posts of all the other foods that I cook at home. Really though, I can’t wait because I’ve loved everything I’ve made from Ad Hoc, so I’m hoping the rest of the book doesn’t disappoint.

Check out these Ad Hoc dishes I’ve already made:

26 Comments add yours

  1. Can’t wait for the new postings!! You’ve done a great job :)

    @blew1 :)

    Thanks Brian!

    steph on September 19th, 2010 at 1:04 pm
  2. I’m excited for your new journey! I love Ad Hoc at Home and cooked up a ton of dishes from it for my blog–looking forward to seeing you tackle ones I haven’t yet convinced myself to try :)

    Ooh, I’ll have to check out your Ad Hoc posts!

    steph on September 19th, 2010 at 1:05 pm
  3. I think you should keep the name… its what you are known for.. and who knows.. David Chang could come out with another cookbook soon and you might trying your hand at meat 7 ways ;)

    Well, the Milk Bar cook book will be coming out soon…

    steph on September 19th, 2010 at 1:05 pm
  4. I own a copy of Ad Hoc at Home but haven’t had the opportunity to test it out (limitations of a college budget boohoo) but am looking forward to reading your posts about them! :D


    steph on September 19th, 2010 at 1:05 pm
  5. I’m so excited that you chose Ad Hoc!! I have nothing else to add to my comment except that I’m excited, but I wanted to let you know regardless :)

    I’m excited too!

    steph on September 19th, 2010 at 1:06 pm
  6. i still found your blog interesting, but yes, it’s much easier to have motivation and focus when there is an end goal. it’s pretty awesome that i’m just as interested in seeing your ad hoc posts as i was in seeing your momofuku ones. so i suspect most of your readers will feel the same… great idea!

    Thanks and yes, it is totally easier to stay motivated with an end goal.

    steph on September 19th, 2010 at 1:06 pm
  7. I am a new reader (last month or two?) and have really enjoyed your blog. And VERY MUCH looking forward to the next venture: Ad Hoc.

    Thank you!

    steph on September 19th, 2010 at 1:06 pm
  8. WOW – does your husband know how lucky a man he is? I have less than 10 cookbooks and MOMOFUKU is #1 and AD HOC is #2! Do you have a twin sister?

    I wish I had a twin! Really, I’ve always wanted one…

    steph on September 19th, 2010 at 1:07 pm
  9. Huzzah! So excited.

    I love the word “huzzah!”

    steph on September 19th, 2010 at 1:12 pm
  10. AWESOME! Can’t wait to hear of your new journey with Chef Keller!

    Muncha muncha

    Thanks Quarry Lane!

    steph on September 19th, 2010 at 1:10 pm
  11. Great news! Both these cookbooks were on my shopping list last year, though I didn’t buy them, and your AHAH posts have made me even more curious. Looking forward!

    AHAH is a great cook book, especially the pictures!

    steph on September 19th, 2010 at 1:12 pm
  12. Sounds like the beginnings of a fun journey. Best of luck! :)

  13. That’s great news. I love Ad Hoc at Home; it’s probably the most well-used and inspirational cookbook I bought in the last two years. And I can’t imagine anyone who could deal with Thomas Keller’s precision and fanaticism for detail with more patience than you.

  14. Awesome! I love the Keller book, and have had only one dish fail me (I won’t say which one; I’m curious to see what happens when you get to it. I’m hoping you have better luck.) Looking forward to the journey!

  15. What has made your blog fun to follow is that you fearlessly tackled an edgy fun book loaded with unusual ingredients and new techniques. Ad Hoc at Home is a great book, and I cook from it often. It’s, to me, more about perfecting classic recipes with excellent results. I’m not sure that that is the most interesting book to cook through, from a blogging standpoint. May I suggest, il viaggio di vetri by Mark Vetri. I’ve been cooking out of it for about six months and have had a hoot. It also would allow you to reunite with an old friend, with his recipe for Pig Head Bolognese (although it only uses the jowls). Just a thought.

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