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Cooks vs. Chefs

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Marcella Hazan wants more cooks, less chefs: "I have known, and collaborated with, quite a few chefs. I don’t in the least begrudge them their laurels. Theirs is a life of sacrifice, and the fame they achieve comes with a price. It is no fault of theirs that we have chosen to fall to our knees before their work, revering it as the highest standard by which culinary accomplishment is to be measured. But this focus on chefs runs the risk of leaving us disoriented. What matters about food is what happens when we put it into our mouths. A caring family cook is just as capable as a skilled chef at turning that first bite into a blissful moment." [NYT]

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