i asked these questions in the wrong place so i'll try again. re the alice b. toklas cookbook..and yeah, i tried THAT recipe. last year i decided to cook my way through my cookbook shelf. alice starts with 'A'. now, i don't have a huge experience of making french food. i'll do the standard cuisine type recipes but these were SOMETHING COMPLETELY DIFFERENT for me. are these recipes representative of how everyday french people really cooked? i'm shocked there are still any french people, if so... if this woman saw a pat of butter lying unattended i swear she would have put it in her purse. the food's delicious, but after a few bites its hard to keep going. am i doing this wrong? my basic technique is pretty down but ill be the first to admit i dont know it all.