I came across this quote from Thomas Keller the other day:
“There is no such thing as perfect food, only the idea of it, then the real purpose or striving toward perfection becomes clear:
To make people happy. That’s what cooking is all about.”
I like this quote because I am occasionally dismayed at how most of what we see regarding cooking and baking these days revolves around competition and whose food is best or whose “cuisine reigns supreme.” There’s nothing wrong with a little competition, but I hope that we as a society don’t start to think that food must be perfect to be worthwhile or that anyone less than a Michelin-starred chef shouldn’t bother spending some time in the kitchen. That’s why I like this quote from one of the most respected chefs in the land – there is no such thing as perfect food – cooking at it’s core is all about making people happy. Appropriate thoughts to bear in mind as we begin to prepare our holiday meals.