1. 70% of “Cooking” is Shopping
Want to know why that squash soup from that three Michelin star restaurant tastes like the best squash soup you’ve ever had? Because it started with the best damn squash grown by somebody who really cares about growing squash. If you start with tomatoes from the farmer’s market, or fish from the docks or butter from a hipster wearing gum boots in Vermont, you will make delicious food. Listen, this is simple and always overlooked, don’t take it from us, take it from someone smarter and more talented:
“If you keep it simple and buy ingredients at farmers’ markets, the food can pretty much take care of itself. Do as little as possible to the food; consider leaving out an ingredient and relying on instinct.”
-Tony Mantuano -Spiaggia, Chicago
2. Assembly vs. Cooking
If you can assemble Ikea Furniture, you can assemble a salad. It’s not so much cooking as it is placing ingredients on a plate. Take the pressure off yourself and start cold.
Say what you will about Jamie Oliver, but this is about as good of a round up of creative, easy and fun salads as we have ever seen.
3. Use Good Olive Oil & Salt
You know what sucks? Steamed broccoli. You know what doesn’t suck? Steamed broccoli tossed with good olive oil and salt. Understand that good fat (ghee, coconut oil, EVOO) and salt makes vegetables, grains, dark leafy greens and pretty much everything else become delicious.
4. Cook To Be Eaten
The simplest path to making delicious food is understanding what the person you are cooking for loves to eat. Ask the question “What is your favorite dish? Or what vegetable would you take to a desert island?” Too many people start blind, if you find out John is obsessed with parsnips or Joanie can’t get enough of buffalo burgers, start there. Cooking for yourself? Ask the same questions, your probability of pleasantly surprising yourself in the kitchen will go up 10x.
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