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Very Far From Up To Snuff!
on May 8, 2012
One of the handiest new gadgets to find its way into Grandma's Kitchen recently is this set of Progressive International Magnetic Measuring Spoons. Marked in both US Standard and metrics, they make it easy - or at least easier - to deal with recipes from a book like Elevenses from Around the World, where all of the measurements are given in Metrics.
Elevenses from Around the World contains eleven recipes, all centered on the page (including the directions), making them very hard to follow in the kitchen. There is no Table of Contents of any sort. The author, Bruno McGrath, writes that he has "been a professional chef for more than ten years and is well known for his diversified palate", so Grandma was absolutely dumbfounded to see that one recipe actually called for "1 tin mushroom soup."
Even more disturbing, however, is that apparently "chef" Bruno does not know how to cook in metrics. If one was to follow his measurements as written, one would need to haul out the metric scale for things like a dab of mustard, a couple of pinches of nutmeg and a tablespoon or so of chopped parsley. No chef in his right mind would actually weigh out 1.5 grams of cinnamon! Metric measuring spoons exist for such things everywhere in the world that metrics are used. You will notice they are marked in ml, not grams.
Grandma recommends that you leave this one behind and put the pennies you'll save towards a set of those nifty measuring spoons instead.
Two thumbs down!