How do you learn a new skill? What is your starting point?
These days, I think most of us start with an online search. I try to see what learning tools are available (books, free online guides, videos) and then investigate who is a leader in the field. This type of search sometimes takes me down the proverbial rabbit hole but I’m usually able to find my way out. Before I started this blog, I did not realize just how many talented people baked and developed recipes. There are countless people to learn and be inspired from so at some point, it is a matter of choosing who to follow, who consistently provides great advice and recipes.
I’ve always experimented in my kitchen but I think there is a balance between experimenting and using tried and true recipes. If you’ve been following me along on my baking journey, you’ll have noticed that I post recipes from leaders in the baking and pâtisserie field as well as sharing some of my own recipes. This is all part of learning and practicing.
A leader in the industry is Christini Tosi. Her training and experiments in the kitchen have led to the incredibly successful, Milk Bar as well as the accompanying Momofuku Milk Bar book. Her recipes explore a full range of elements including the addition of potato chips, coffee grounds and unusual ingredient combinations. The recipes are well written but complicated, requiring several steps to reach the final product (but always worth the effort). As a chef and someone aware of budgeting, few items go to waste as there is always something else that it could be added to. Part of the joy of following her journey is that she’s incredibly witty and open about her background as well as her love of eating raw cookie dough. It goes without saying that she’s driven and an extremely hard worker having coined the term “real talk” and “hardbody” in her kitchen.Read More