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Who is Marcel and why should you ask his advice with regard to your culinary quandries? Just visit the Virtual Kitchen, click on Ask Marcel and you'll learn all you need to know about this chef, restaurant owner, cookbook author, television producer, test-kitchen creator and self-proclaimed "Guru of Ganache." As one of the featured experts on this Time Warner Electronic Publishing site, Marcel definitely plugs Marcel.
Have a question about the inconsistencies between batches of that Scottish Shortbread you're trying to master? If Marcel's suggestion to wear a kilt in the kitchen doesn't work then maybe likening baking to mastering a golf swing will ease your frustrations and make that light bulb go off in your head. If you can stand wading through his diatribe of silliness, you'll find that the posted questions to Marcel eventually get answered and the recipes from his books and restaurant, Trellis, in Williamsburg, Virginia,
sound divine. When offered, visitors will especially appreciate the nutrition information, serving suggestions and variations to these truly decadent recipes.
Katherine Withers Cobbs is a San Francisco freelance writer, editor and designer who recently worked on Time-Life Asia's "Quick & Tasty Series -Books and Video" (Time-Life Asia, 1996) and the upcoming "Williams-Sonoma Seasonal Celebration" series (Time-Life Books, US, 1997).