Did you notice that our quantities are comically imprecise? We firmly believe that recipes are guidelines. They are not commandments. Our friend Alice Waters says it best:
Something can be lost in writing down a recipe. People can become so focused on measuring ingredients that they’re not tast ingas they go along, and at the end of it, they don’t have the confidence to cook without a recipe. I like great cookbook writers… who describe the raw material in a beautiful way, encouraging you to go out to the farmers’ market and experience it all for yourself. That’s where the real learning happens.
The famous French chef Alain Ducasse says85% of cooking is shipping; it may even be more than that; it might be 90 percent.