It may seem like banh mi fills my kitchen but it doesn’t. I do cook other food! In fact, this was my near dessert disaster on July 4. I had a bunch of cherries in the fridge and wanted to make a quick sweet treat to conclude our dinner. Something not too sweet but that employed a decent amount of cherries since they were sort of on the brink of going bad.
Looking through my bookshelves, I pulled out the Fruits volume of Time Life’s Good Cook series published in the early 1980s. It was one of my favorites to check out of the library when I was young, and last year, I bought an entire set on eBay.
The Good Cook series was sold via mail and supermarkets. Each volume was dedicated to a particular kind of ingredient. There were lots of handy how-to technique chapters that preceded tested recipes spanning the globe. Richard Olney edited the series and he was known to be persnickety with details. That’s to say, the recipes reliably worked.