What feeds your cooking mojo?
“No one who cooks, cooks alone. Even at her most solitary, a cook in the kitchen is surrounded by generations of cooks past, the advice and menus of cooks present, the wisdom of cookbook writers.” – Laurie Colwin
I was going through my binder of recipes last night (and let’s pass on the Mitt Romney jokes…) as I try to cull and add every few months to keep it from being too overwhelming. This is where I store all those recipes I pull out of magazines, newspapers, download off websites (including some of your blogs). Some I try immediately and mark up with notes, others are just reminders of what I might like to try them in the future.
I also have this weird little pink plastic index card holder box that lives above the fridge…this is where all my family & childhood recipes reside…from the days that we would write out and share recipes on index cards. I have recipes from my aunts, my mother, my grandmother, and ones that I took the time to transcribe when I was starting out cooking 40 years ago. When I want to make ginger snaps, bone dust rub or Nancy Drew’s cheese muffins, this is where I head.
And then there are my go-to cook books…those without which I am lost: Nigel Slater, Alice Waters, Jamie Oliver, Mark Bittman, MFK Fisher, and the list goes on. No matter what, when I stumped for ideas or am inspired by an ingredient but have no idea how to prepare it (sunchokes anyone?), my library will usually toss up an answer. Although I did realize last night that I have no idea where my “Joy of Cooking” has gone. This worries me – not that I use it often but it is one of those stalwarts when I can’t find an answer anywhere else. Just hoping it is residing at the SO’s…
I am old school – as you can tell – I like to cook off printed recipes. But I do rely on Epicurious when I’m in a store, see an intriguing new ingredient (like raw olives) and wonder what I can do with it. And of course, all my fellow food bloggers are such an overwhelming source of ongoing inspiration.
So…where do you find your inspiration?