Think of a number. Not any number – a specific number. The exact number you will cook for, eat with, tonight. What about tomorrow night? Will the number remain the same? What if it was a weekend? When we, it seems, are expected to entertain. Does that number change? Does it fluctuate depending on the season? Or does it stay, very much the same? Three – that’s my number. It’s not magic, just the size of my immediate family; my household. Sure the dog gets the scraps, but you don’t start out a meal with scraps in mind – unless you’re in a northern chip shop. It was three on Sunday as well. It rarely changes. So why does nearly ever cookbook I own, every
The Family Meal: Home cooking with Ferran Adria How many of you read the introduction to cookbooks? That bit at the beginning where the author – usually a celebrity chef – will tell you about their motivation for the book. Where they will give you a feel for why this is the most important cookbook they have ever written – most important time of their cooking lives; before they go off on a crusade to convince you why you should buy certain foods, from certain people, at certain times of the year. Ignore their mantra and you effectively miss the point of the book (which is really just to make more money on the back of a TV show). This book does not do that.