Cue the music...
Da Da Da Da Da Da Da Da Da Da Daaaaaa...
Ladies and gentlemen, we have a new celebrity chef hawking his probably-just-barely-tasted-before-being-approved-by line of whatever, The Saucefather, Mario Batali.
Now, for the most part, I'm a Rao's guy when it comes to sauce. Sure it's more expensive, but it's generally always good and I fall into the "you get what you pay for" camp when it comes to food, which is to say, if you pay shit for something, you generally get shit. Case in point is our nation's obsession with cheap meat (shit).
Enjoy, America. I hope your misplaced priorities and you have a short, unhealthy life together and you come back as a Purdue chicken...
Ah, but that's another, much angrier story.
This is a happy story. A happy story that has very little to do with sauces, and more to do with my shiny new toy, my Panasonic Lumix GF1 camera, that I'm very much in love with at the moment.
So please forgive my "sauce review" post, the likes of which have never been my intention with this blog, and allow me to show off my new camera under the guise of a crappy post about supermarket bought sauce and some dried store-bought pasta...
So the sauce.
Supermarket sauce guy.
I can't say I blame him. The dude has a brand, and has certainly worked hard enough to have earned it. And frankly if the other bobble-headed dimwits on the food network can have their own lines of sauces and foods without even having an association with any sort of restaurant, much less as many starred and well reviewed ones as Batali has, then fuck, he should have his own line of everything. His are really the only restaurants associated with the food network with any clout. I mean I like Bar Americain, but given the choice between Del Posto and there...
I think just about anyone with half a clue would pick any of Batali's restaurants over any of the other Sauce Hawkers on the "food" network.
The dude is a walking enigma. I mean, here we have a guy on the food network, an Iron Chef no less with supermarket sauces, Mario Batali brand spoons and cookware, and every other slight against humanity that we in the food industry eschew with so much disdain, yet this guy's reputation as a top dog among top dogs remains unscathed.
In New York City no less...
It's amazing really.
But again, this isn't a post on my feelings for Mario Batali (which were always good, but went up a billion times more after reading Bill Buford's Heat, one of my favorite books), this is a post about pictures.
So Mario Batali brand tomato sauce:
And what to serve with a sauce from a veritable god? How about the pasta of the gods?
Now, what is Kamut, you may be asking?
It's basically just an artisanal wheat.
Depending upon if you buy into the stories or not, it was taken from an Egyptian Tomb and something or another, blah blah blah, presto! Expensive pasta!
Here, read for yourselves, it's kind of cool. Kamut
Now I bought this under the impression that it was an expensive pasta at $3.99, which is absurd for a box of dry pasta, but I misread something and upon check out was surprised with this:
Oh well. I guess I thought I was getting Kamut no. 11 or something.. I mean, come on! No. 12! That's some expensive wheat, man...
As for the sauce, it seems like a "good guy" enough sauce, the ingredients are simple and straightforward enough:
And if that weren't enough to get every Pollan-ophile in line then there's this:
Whatever a "green facility" is I bet it's better than another colored one.
So why not give it a shot, right? So ladies and gentlemen, I introduce to you, my dinner:
So pasta, sauce...
Cook the pasta in salted boiling water till it's a little under cooked, and finish cooking it in the sauce, just like I know the Saucefather would have wanted...
As a matter of respect to the Chef, I left the sauce alone, which is something I never do. Usually I add a bunch of shit to it like pepper flakes, duck fat, garlic, fresh herbs, olive oil, three different kinds of salt...
But this one I left alone.
Cook till done, and voila!
Well, okay, I shaved some Parmesan and drizzled a little olive oil on it...
And because this is really about my camera, and not the dinner:
In conclusion, I love my new camera. It's really getting me excited to get geared up and get out there and shoot some blog stuff, not to mention it takes great picture of other things besides sauces and really expensive pastas...
Oh, and the sauce? Perfectly fine. I'm sure there'll be a whole slew of "greeners" out there with their "green" clorox cleaners (!?!?) and their Horizon "Organic" milk, shopping un-ironically at a Walmart that will be perfectly happy with it.
And I'm sure Mario himself is at home popping open a can right now, just as the other "super chefs" with their faces on supermarket sauces are...
Gooooo American marketing!
See ya soon I hope!