Ralph Lauren, the man and brand, defines modern luxury with romantic elegance and timeless style. Would we not all love to bring these attributes to our homes and to the way we cook and dine there?
Simplicity is the way to achieve this.
Simplicity is good taste at the most refined level. In cooking, the brilliant combination of a few flavors or a single flavor reigns over complexity. Simple techniques yield the most consistent results because they allow space for the ingredients of joy and mindfulness. These components cannot be over emphasized. The allure of your grandmother's ginger cookies; my husband's fried rice or your best friend's soup is due not just to a recipe but to the enjoyment and mindfulness with which they are made. Mindfulness starts with being entirely present while cooking.
Vibrant food is made with mindfulness. The two cannot be separated. Impeccable ingredients will not alone produce vibrant food that satisfies on physical and spiritual levels. Foods well chosen and kept simple allow for mindfulness; whisking by hand to determine texture, observing the rapidity of a boil, tasting for seasoning, folding batter with a rhythm for lightness.
Choices in foods and dietary philosophies, mechanical gadgets and recipes open new avenues for food and health. But this labyrinth can also cripple modern home cooking. By simplifying beliefs about what constitutes proper meals and by routinely using simple methods of preparation, it is possible to cook vibrant food daily and want to keep coming back to cook and eat from your own kitchen time and again.