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Christopher Kimball Finds Pleasure In Pain

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Apr 11, 2016
Christopher Kimball Finds Pleasure In Pain

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Christopher Kimball is famous for testing recipes over and over and over -- until they’re so foolproof that even the most bumbling home cook can’t screw them up.


That intensive recipe testing is the hallmark of America’s Test Kitchen, the food media empire Chris founded.

But it's also a lot of hard work.

"Cooking is hard. It takes time," Chris says. "Anyone who says you can cook for eight people for dinner in 30 minutes -- it's just not true."

And it's a little bit obsessive -- but that's an approach to food that Dan can appreciate.


This week on The Sporkful, Dan and Chris Kimball bond over their shared food obsessiveness and clash over their differences in the kitchen -- and life.

Take their stances on pie a la mode and corn on the cob (above):

"One thing you and I violently disagree about is corn on the cob," Chris tells Dan. "Now you like to eat it off the cob...that's even more annoying than eating pizza with a fork and knife!"


...and their evening attire (above):

Dan: Chris, I get home at 6:00. If my pajama pants aren't on by 6:30, something's wrong.

Chris: You and I were born in different universes. I had dinner at 7:00 in a coat and tie every night.

Listen in to the full episode to hear why Chris can't stand pleasure -- but never feels guilty about what he eats.

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Interstitial music in this episode by Black Label Music:

- "Everything Will Be Alright" by Cullen Fitzpatrick

- "Simple Song" by Chris Bierden

- "Out To Lunch" by Chris Bierden

- "Young And Free" by Cullen Fitzpatrick

Photos: Connie Allyson Miller; courtesy of America's Test Kitchen; FlickrCC/National Museum of American History Smithsonian; FlickrCC/my_amii

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