I am no stranger to mistakes in the kitchen. The stories are almost too numerous to count. Dried out roast chicken? Check. Burnt cookies? Done. Forgotten ingredients in soup? Yup, been there. Obviously, I don’t write about all of the mistakes I make in this space. Instead I learn from them and try again before I consider a recipe completed and ready for publication. Sure, I know you’ll all make your own mistakes, too. And that is okay. Even the best chefs and food writers make them! Don’t believe me, you need to read Dana Cowin’s new book, Mastering my Mistakes in the Kitchen: Learning to Cook with 65 Great Chefs and Over 100 Different Recipes.
In it she shares delicious recipes she has worked on mastering over time, and the tips she got from the worlds best chefs on how to make them foolproof. Not only are the recipes perfect for home cooks, the mistakes she’s made over the years are sooo relatable. It is hard to imagine that someone in her line of work doesn’t have some kind of culinary omniscience we all strive for. But she doesn’t and, frankly, it is a bit of relief to know. She works to perfect her recipes just like the next person, and she’s written a book to help us all get a little more confident and excited about cooking at home.