If I have learned one thing from the French about cooking, it's that we eat first with our eyes, and offering your loved ones, your friends, or even yourself a pretty plate to whet the appetite is an act of generosity worth the extra few seconds it takes to compose it. Some people find presentation at home too fussy or show-offy, but I think that on the contrary, it helps simple food -- like this salad -- to add up to more than the sum of its parts.
Are you with me, Kitchn readers? Or do you think that presentation should be left to restaurants and magazine spreads?
- Kristin Hohenadel blogging from rue Vieille du Temple, Paris, France. She can be reached at kristin @ apartmenttherapy . com