Tag Archives: Lessons learned

braised green beans in pot

“The kitchen is a microcosm of the larger world”

The kitchen is a microcosm of the larger world. It is an easy-to-watch, tangible demonstration of what is always happening, everywhere, in the bigger picture every day. And when you eat your plate of beans transformed by heat and time and garlic oil, you witness a basic principle true on earth: We are changing, all of […]

“Cooking requires confident guesswork and improvisation”

Cooking requires confident guesswork and improvisation– experimentation and substitution, dealing with failure and uncertainty in a creative way - Paul Theroux, Sir Vidia’s Shadow: A Friendship Across Five Continents I’ve written about cooking and failure in the past, and it continues to be one of my favorite things about the time I spend in the kitchen. Perhaps […]


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