What is commonly purveyed in the American/Canadian marketplace as "gefillte fish" is among the most inpalatable, vile "food products" that I would not wish upon anyone except those dying and even then I'd understand the desire to shove it away.<quoted text>
My "bibles" are "The Joy of Cooking", "Mastering the Art of French Cooking" and "The Microwave Gourmet" (Barbara Kafka). "The Microwave Gourmet" is getting to be out of date; when Ms. Kafka wrote it, the most powerful microwaves were only 600 watts, so her recipes need to be updated. I like Julia's book because it is written so well, and her voice is so prevalent in her writing, even in the recipe sections! On Food Network, I must admit that I am addicted to Iron Chef (and not because Mark and I think the "chairman" is a hottie) and the other "reality" shows. I like the newest celebrity chef, Aarti. I don't like Ina too much, but she comes up with some great recipes and tips. And I'm a member of America's Test Kitchen; great show!
I'm afraid that I wouldn't get near your gefilte fish. I love fish, but can't stand that particular creation. Mark and I don't keep kosher, but it would be fun to turn your kitchen into a delicious, aromatic food fight aftermath!!!
I learned to cook when I was living in Japan, and had a craving for some bleu cheese dressing. Nowhere to be found, I went out and bought a cookbook, learned how to make the dressing (after I had found a source for some bleu cheese), and I just got hooked from there.
Food! Surely there can't be anything more important, more bonding than a delicious, home-cooked meal with loved ones.
In my home, growing up and today, gefillte fish is made by hand, fresh, aromatic, flavorful. I've had only one person ever refuse it and she does not like fish, even sushi, so there you have it. I've had many a person say "No!" only to taste and be overwhelmed. I do not use only white fishes and the only secret I give away is - it's the stock.
It's always funny to hear people say, "Where's that 'jelly' stuff?" when observing my gefillte fish! I tell them, "It does not and SHOULD NEVER exist!"
Adorations to all who enjoy FOOD (not the processed food products in the American supermarket - this is NOT "food" in its truest sense and you should abandon its consumption for real "food") and those that enjoy cooking.