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There is no joy in Mudville ... or what's the point of only cooking-by-recipe?

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There is no joy in Mudville ... or what's the point of only cooking-by-recipe?

ipsedixit | May 19, 2010 10:12 AM

Serious question, no bashing or flaming intended.

But I want to know what the joy, or enjoyment, is in cooking by simply following a recipe?

In slavishly following a recipe, what have you accomplished in terms of culinary achievement?

Sure, you've made a dish, but this is like creating a painting of a bowl of fruit by using tracing paper laid over a picture of an apple, banana, and orange. Are you an artist? Or somebody who can simply trace very well?

So, I ask, for those that cook-by-recipes only, what's the point in the exercise?

Does it not just create false security -- if not bravado -- in your skills as a cook?

Do you ever wonder if you'd be able to cook sans cookbook or recipe?

Let me ask perhaps a more poignant question ... do you even want to cook without a recipe?

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