Here is an example of how I let the market manage my cooking decisions. While staying in the Hamptons, I had gone to see my friend
On the way home I spotted peas at one of the farmstands. I snapped a pod open, and tasted the peas that popped in my mouth like bubbles of sugar. I now had three superfresh ingredients without any apparent relation to one other, but I resolved to use them all that same day before a single one of them could lose its bloom.
I was reminded of a dish from one of my earlier books—squid, tomatoes, and peas—which
In a perfect world, you would use only freshly picked young sweet peas and freshly landed bay scallops. In this world, however, you can still achieve rather delicious results with frozen peas, which are to be preferred to old, starchy fresh peas, and good-quality sea scallops, if the bay are not available. There can be no compromise on the fish steaks; they must be absolutely fresh.
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