Tamar Adler's Essential Ingredients for Magical Cooking

Tamar Adler's Essential Ingredients for Magical Cooking

Dana Velden
Feb 21, 2012

We sure like Tamar Adler here in The Kitchn! We've featured her wonderful method for cooking fresh produce ahead of time and watched her cook her way through her farmer's market purchases in a video to promote her book An Everlasting Meal. Today I am delighted to share with you this 10 minute TED video from Ms. Adler on the magic of cooking with everyday ingredients.

Ms. Adler argues that while rock star chefs like Gordon Ramsay and Rachel Ray seem to know it all, it's really the everyday cooks (like me and you) that have the magic touch. She shares her theory that we are all clever cooks and offers examples of simple cooking and everyday ingredients to encourage that notion.

I appreciate how Ms. Adler encourages cooks to trust their own instincts and to discover what is already at hand. With a handful of basic ingredients and a few not very flashy techniques, she proves that we all can eat well (very, very well) without having to buy the latest chef-labled implement or specialty ingredient. Thank you, Tamar!

Related: Take a TED Break: Dan Barber's Love Story with Fish

(Image: TED)

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