Now and again, one of the grasshoppers will ask me about cooking. In response to a concern about originality, I suggested the following:
Pick up something like Elizabeth David's French Provincial Cooking, and see what inspires. It is a very unoriginal cookbook, and that is its strength. Learning to cook is more like playing in a wedding band than being a jazz solost. Do I know The Hustle? Check. Can I make a roux? Check.
Was this good advice, people who read this and are smarter about cooking than I am?