the art and artlessness of cooking

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Irish stew - beef, carrots, onions, potatoes

From Sweeping Changes: Discovering the Joy of Zen
in Everyday Tasks
 by Gary Thorp:

“Cookbook author Edward Espe Brown says that there are essentially two styles of cooking (and of living your life). You can select a recipe or plan and then search out all off the ingredients you’ll need in order to produce the desired results. Or, you can gather what you have on hand and creatively construct something wonderful by using sincerity, spontaneity, surprise, and invention. You can, in other words, proceed with your own activity by ‘listening’ to the ingredients and following accordingly.

Cooking for yourself or others is no less than sharing your life. It gives you the opportunity to offer something of yourself to the world.”

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