Use your instincts
Recipes call for gadgets and ingredients, but the most important tool in making a good meal is frequently your brain and sensory organs, telling you, "This is good, this is tasty, and Eww! Gross! Leave that alone."
Cooks see, touch, taste, listen and smell as they work in a state of methodical mindfulness, transforming raw ingredients into sublime food. You don't need to be a trained chef to get into the zone, however. Try these five sensory-heightening recipes to hone these skills, even if the only thing you own is a chef's knife and basic kitchen gear.