I am lucky to have friends who read what we write. I am even luckier that they openly and candidly correct my mistakes. Recently I have gotten on a box about cooking potatoes with a method adopted by Heston Blumenthal of the Fat Duck. I have adopted the technique and consequently encouraged many to buy his book with the recipe as well as many other interesting facts, techniques and ideas. What I failed to mention and really absorb was Heston's inspiration was Jeffrey Steingarten the author of The Man Who Ate Everything. I was forced, and now gladly so, to revist this incredible compendium of culinary tales and research which divulges the basic essence of the mashed potato technique as well as presenting a source for the initial concept--the instant dried potato industry. Now, I am revisting Steingarten's work to see what other gems I mistook as coal. Think about this, I read the book cover to cover seven years ago. I did not pick up this technique. I have wasted a fair amount of time because I was unable to see into the details. Revist old favorites and ideas of yesterday with eyes and thoughts of today. You never know what you will find.