Q. Ingrid Asks: For fear of sounding melodramatic, I just wanted to tell you that your book How to Cook Without a Book changed my life. I am not a foodie and I do not find any pleasure in cooking but my husband and I have to eat and I’d like it to taste good, be healthy, and be easy to make.
I have all your cookbooks and use them almost daily because I know I’ll love the recipe and so will my husband. As a result, I’m really looking forward to your new book! Thanks for all you’ve done for us. I doubt I’ll ever learn to like cooking but at least now I don’t mind it!
A. You’ve made my snowy Saturday! Most nights we cooks just need to get a satisfying, quick (and fun!) meal on the table, and that’s why I wrote How to Cook Without a Book eleven years ago, and why I’ve written Cook without a Book: Meatless Meals now. When you see recipes as just examples of techniques and formulas, you’re free to cook with what you’ve got as opposed to what the recipe says you need to shop for. It’s certainly the way I cook weeknights, and if it works for me I figure it’s gotta work for others. Thanks for confirming that!