Great cookbooks can inspire you in many ways. Recently, we were flipping through Marcella Hazan's Essentials of Classic Italian Cooking searching for a summer vegetable dish. We started at artichoke, paused at eggplant, continued to escarole, then worked our way through the entire veggie alphabet to Z. Finally, a zucchini recipe caught our eye and we thought it would be perfect for a potluck dinner with new friends. Then, the unexplainable happened. Standing in the grocery store, with a list in hand that actually said "zucchini", we proceeded to load eggplant into our basket. Eight of them. It wasn't like mistakenly grabbing parsley instead of cilantro. That would be an honest mistake. Maybe there's a scientific term for our transposition of vegetables, because brain fade doesn't sound very technical.Read More
I have to admit, I'm a planner in just about every area of my life. I love getting the kinks smoothed out ahead of time and just focusing on the task at hand. The one exception is when it comes to meals. I admire people who can plan and shop for a whole weeks worth of meals on a Sunday. My inspiration for cooking seems to come in waves. Sometimes a certain ingredient or dish will come in and out of my mind for a week or so before I have to cook it that night no matter what. Other times, a cookbook or chef will inspire me and I find myself channeling their style for several months. Hello Yotam Ottolenghi.
The thing that inspires me most about cooking is going to the farmers market.Read More