Camille Cooks because Camille eats. I like to taste and touch and smell and see things in my kitchen. And as the years pass and I continue to cook and eat, I gather a collection of necessary tools: my chef’s knife, my Dutch oven, my cast-iron pan, my nonstick skillets, my blender, my stand mixer, my spice grinder, my digital scale, my conversion calculator, and on and on…

I’m a recipe collector: magazines, books, blogs. I rarely make the same recipe twice, only because there’s an overflowing supply of recipes in the world that keep impressing themselves upon me. I can’t slow down. I can’t dawdle with the same old meal. Publications and food blogs are persistently pushing the current trends and ingredients. They have a difficult job (and deadlines!). I try to bypass food hype and instead indulge in a recipe that kisses me and winks at me and pinches me in a way that makes me giggle, in a way that makes me dare to try it…

I trained and certified as a chef back in 2001, but I’ve been eating for 44 years now. My purpose today -- as I collect recipes and cook -- is to eat, mastering my real limits of time, space, and tools.

And so this is my food diary, a way to catalogue what I’m cooking and how I like it. My partner Dave takes the fantastic photos that you’ll see here. He and I and our eight-year-old child eat all this stuff. I want you to try these recipes too. They taste good and I have good taste, too.