In the New Republic, Julia Ioffe offers an extensive profile of Washinton wunderkind Ezra Klein. A throway line in the article notes that Klein follows recipes to the letter while cooking, whereas his wife Annie Lowrey prefers "free jazz in the kitchen."
That's also the dynamic in the Banks-Looi household. I freak at the slighest deviation from a recipe, while Pi Wen finds a recipe to be very confining. Who needs thyme when we have marjoram? Me. That's who.
Pi Wen and I met three years ago exactly, on February 12, 2010. At the time my notion of "cooking" consisted of burning meat and overcooking pasta. Three years later I look for the best recipes in every Sunday Chronicle, and pine for an open kitchen in which we can more easily cook together. I'm still quite devoted to the boundaries of a recipe; that offers comfort, not constraint. But I always trust Pi Wen's substitutions and our meals always come out divine. What a difference true love makes.