If I was ever cool enough to write a “cookbook”, this would be the subtitle. Look, I like recipes just as much as anyone else. In my spare time I’ll flip through magazines or browse websites looking for cool ideas. When I’m baking or cooking something complicated, that’s a different story, recipes are my friend.
However, what I see more often than not are people who are afraid to cook because they don’t have a recipe. Or people who are uncomfortable with my site because I don’t list exactly how much of each ingredient you should put in. In my humble opinion, this results in recipe dependent cooks who are afraid to use their brains and cook what they actually like. Once I heard someone say, “Oh this recipe looks so good, but they put capers in it. I don’t like them, so I’m not even going to try it.” What? Really?
You’re Not an Idiot.
You have more culinary common sense than you think. Oh, that could be a nice subtitle…”Using Your Culinary Common Sense”. I like it.
Keep recipe books for ideas, even reference them when you need a hint, but I want to encourage you to stop being dependent on recipes all the time, use your brain, use your common sense, use your creativity and your preferences, and make awesome food. You’ll start to feel pretty empowered.