Master Your Craft: What’s Your Recipe Book?

by bxrtley

Adam Gopnik published a genius piece on cooking and his take on the evolution of the recipe book can be seen in, Writer’s Market, Codecademy—any handbook. Replace “cook” with your craft:

When you start to cook, as when you begin to live, you think that the point is to improve the technique until you end up with something perfect, and that the reason you haven’t been able to break the cycle of desire and disillusion is that you haven’t yet mastered the rules. Then you grow up, and you learn that that’s the game.

Adam Gopnik, What’s The Recipe? Our Hunger for Cookbooks – The New Yorker

*Gopnik’s article was later expanded and published as the book The Table Comes First: Family, France, and the Meaning of Food