1. Cooking is simple, if you get the big picture straight.
2. Cooking is highly personal – you alone decide what tastes good.
3. Traditional recipes are general guidelines – not rigid instructions.
4. “The perfect way” to cook a dish is a myth. Even highly traditional dishes are cooked in many different ways. Recipes are alive and change with time and place. They are meant to be experimented with.
5. Cooking is more about fun, creativity & making healthy food than about fancy techniques, exotic ingredients and eye popping presentation.
6. Themes are universal. Each cuisine translates them with local Ingredients into recipes.
7. As with one, so with most others. If one flour can be turned into bread/ pasta / noodles / porridge / crepes /dumpling, most other flours can be too.
8. Anything goes with anything. It is a fallacy to believe that only a select few combinations work.
9. Each extra step in a recipe doubles its complexity. Duplicating a recipe is virtually impossible.
10. Recipe purity is no different from racial purity or linguistic purity - It just does not exist. What is traditional today was esoteric a few decades back. Cuisines influence each other and evolve all the time.