Eating in: A chef’s 10 essential rules for cooking like a pro

Just in time for fall, here are 10 smart, funny and inspiring rules for cooking – brought to you by our Barcelona cousin, who’s new Cookbook “Joel Serra’s Modern Spanish Kitchen” is in stores right now. Putting food on the map is his business (and pleasure).

Get Joel’s new cookbook: “Modern Spanish Kitchen”.

1. Recipe books are useful as a guide, but in the kitchen, always trust your instincts

2. (Im)perfection on the plate demands multiple messy experiments in the kitchen

3. The most tedious kitchen tasks are fundamental for success on the plate

4. The best dishes are often happened upon by accident, chance and serendipity

5. Inspiration comes from experience so cook everything and anything at least once

6. Cook happy because good vibes and plenty of lovin' are your mise en place

7. Every other chef is taken so carry your own knife and stay authentic

8. Kitchen battle scars are worth it if you make them sigh with pleasure at the table

9. Tricks and gadgets in the kitchen will only cover up bad apples for so long

If it's just not your day, get out of the kitchen and order Chinese takeaway

10. Food always tastes better when shared so pull up a seat and join the fest

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