Spices and herbs are as essential as a sharp knife when creating delicious food.
My knife is the most essential tool in my kitchen arsenal. All the beautiful, expensive pots and pans in the world cannot make up for a bad knife.
I read cookbooks like novels, and I have ever since I discovered my mother’s late '60s edition of Betty Crocker. I have more than 400 food books, and I love them all, even the ones that aren’t very good.