A day after a major election, what rises to the top of the New York Times’ “most emailed” list? Rumsfeld’s resignation? The power shift in the House? No. Instead, a delightful pair: The Secret of Great Bread – Let Time Do The Work and its companion Recipe: No Knead Bread. Perhaps this intense interest in baking is understandable. The election is over and everyone needs a break. What could be more soothing than preparing a delicious loaf of homemade bread, then eating it? Perhaps all of us – Dems and Republicans alike – should get together over a fat yeasty loaf prepared strictly according to the Times recipe.
I wonder how long this languid state will continue. Will tomorrow’s most emailed article be another feel good piece – island spa massages under the stars, perhaps? – a chirpy politics cum pop-culture article (Obama’s book hits #1 on the charts) – or an anxiety inducing review of the Supreme Court’s argument on partial birth abortion? I know that I’ll need a day or two to relax and return to my normal business. Lacking the time to engage a fabulous slow-rising boule, perhaps I’ll stroll over to Cosi and purchase a squagel. It’ll go perfectly with the morning paper.