Learning by Doing: Cooking According to Laurie Colwin

Learning by Doing: Cooking According to Laurie Colwin

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Emma Christensen
Oct 19, 2010

"We learn by doing. If you never stuff a chicken with paté, you will never know that it is an unwise thing to do."

We found this quote in a recent essay on Laurie Colwin published in one of the first issues of Gourmet Live, and it's the perfect reminder of what we're all about here at The Kitchn. We're not about following a recipe perfectly or never making a mistake; we're about trying something out and occasionally discovering that it didn't quite work the way we expected. We're about having fun and supporting each other along the way.

Recently, we've been impressed and thrilled at all the changes, modifications, and tweaks that people are making to our no-knead pumpkin rolls recipe. People are fearlessly subbing in different kinds of puree, adding cranberry sauce to the filling, and changing up the glaze on top. Now that's what we're talking about!

Laurie Colwin knew all about "making it work" in the kitchen, and we love her for it.

What experiments have you been up to in the kitchen lately?

Read an Excerpt: What Would Laurie Colwin Do? by Emily Gould (the full article is available only through the Gourmet Live app)
More Laurie Colwin: Home Cooking: A Writer in the Kitchen by Laurie Colwin, $11 on Amazon.com

Related: Good Quote: Ruth Reichl on Cooking vs. Shopping

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