Uh oh, I may be in trouble. Should I have put Mark of Mark Bittman's name, before Joanne of Eat Well with Others. Let's ask a few questions and then we can decide what the answer is.
How many books have each written? Mark - more than 10---Joanne - none that I know of.
How many television shows have they been featured on? Mark - many---Joanne - I have not heard of any.
Who received the James Beard award? You guess.
Need, I go on? It is obvious that Joanne with her sparkling personality, clever wit, unbelievable writing ability, medical sharing, sense of humor (oy), running (Does Mark run?), walking for four miles to the store, cooking up a storm (Mark does this too...he also writes very well)...maybe, I had better stop.
First, I must clarify that Mark Bittman is one of my favorite people in the world. His books go with me whenever I cook, if not for a recipe, then for a variation or for information. Joanne refused to write a book just for me to carry around. My cooking has improved since I started cooking the Bittman way. Joanne makes all this stuff, I don't know how to do. Humph!
Needless to say, these are two people I respect tremendously. Joanne is one of the most entertaining bloggers, I know. In fact, I think she is the most entertaining. Getting a recipe from her blog is a total experience. First you moan about her "problems", then you laugh at them, then you read the recipe and run to the kitchen to find you have none of those ingredients. By the time, you are finished, you are exhausted and go to sleep without eating.
I like Joanne, really like her She is such a pure person with charm and warmth. (She is laughing at me now.) Everyone will attest to her likability rating. People swarm to her blog for all that she has to offer. She is a superb cook and is always there to help when necessary. She is a good daughter. She has proven that time and again. After all, she is Italian. She is a bright light in my day.
By the way, Joanne, have you ever made Moong Dal Chilla?
I am not Italian. I am Jewish. Therefore, I do not call these Moong Dal Chilla or Spiced Red Lentil Pancakes. These are Lentil Latkes and please keep that in mind.
After all this, I must preface this with the fact that hubby did not love these. I will tell you why. He does not want me to use spices nor salt and pepper. He wants it bland. Well lentils are bland. He also did not want me to adorn them. Being a good wife and not wanting to make two dinners, I listened. As a result, he did get a bland lentil latke. It is his own fault. After tasting it, I could only imagine the delight in one spicy lentil latke especially with a sauce or vegetables. I need hubby's love more than Joanne's. Hop over to Joanne's and make it the way she did and maybe she will invite me over to eat it the right way. After all, she eats well with others. I will put a star on what I did use but I want you to have the real recipe, the one that Mark and Joanne would want you to have.