Secrets of the Best Chefs is an attempt to change all that. Consider this book an insecurity killer, a confidence booster of epic proportions. For a year, I cooked with the best chefs and home cooks in America. In the process of visiting eleven cities and fifty kitchens, I learned a thing or two about producing quality food at home. It has nothing to do with recipes and everything to do with trusting yourself in the kitchen. Great cooks are confident people. In a restaurant setting, chefs are leaders: they command roomfuls of fellow chefs and, through their leadership, feed hordes of hungry masses night after night.
Secrets of the Best Chefs
Great home cooks also project great confidence, as they often face an even tougher crowd: picky spouses and cranky children. And though I’m becoming more confident in the kitchen, my status as a self-taught, amateur home cook with no formal training makes me an ideal candidate to soak up all the knowledge and wisdom that these chefs and cooks have to offer. Because, like you, I’m just a normal home cook—not a noteworthy chef redefining the face of gastronomy—I notice things most cooks and chefs do and take for granted. And I’ve distilled it all for you in these pages.