Me: "Well, I end up sounding so pedantic.1"
FRE: "What, what?"
A few days later I'm flipping through my new cookbook, From My Mexican Kitchen, Techniques and Ingredients, compliments of the FRE, when I read in the Introduction:
"I have tried to think and stress (without, I hope, being pedantic) what is important ... "The author, Diana Kennedy, proceeds to discuss certain Mexican dishes:
"It is just a matter of spending a little time looking them up in the right cookbooks!"And here, she's talking about a particular spice:
"The heavy use of achiote is also to be deplored. Its strong, musky flavor is unpleasant and overpowering when concentrated in a sauce - I shudder when I remember the nouvelle types I have come across ... "Ms Kennedy? I'm sorry to dash your hopes, but, um, pedantic pretty much describes ...
Oh ... What's this on page 187? Yeah, Baby ... It's a pedantic discussion on mole making!
(Oh well, I guess pedantism is an idiosyncrasy of food writing.)
1 Pedantic: adj.; Marked by a narrow, often tiresome focus on or display of learning, especially its trivial aspects; Characterized by concern for formal rules.