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Christopher Kimball Finds Pleasure In Pain

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Apr 11, 2016

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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.

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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.

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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!"

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...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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