I’m always on the lookout for tips to help bachelors and others have a better time cooking. After all, if you don’t enjoy it, you won’t do it. But if you have fun cooking, you’ll actually look forward to spending time in the kitchen. So, with that in mind, we have this from recent James Beard winner Michael White, chef and owner of the infamous Marea, Alto and Convivio. Chef White recently told us that the most important advice he can offer beginning chefs is to
“Cook with a glass of red wine next to you! Just do what feels comfortable and use the recipe as a guideline, not the gospel.”
I’ll drink to that. We need to use our instinct more when we’re cooking. Sometimes recipe writers forget steps or leave instructions out. But if you cook with your heart more than your head, you’ll probably see the problem before it ruins your meal. If not, you probably won’t care!