It starts with knowing what you've got, and how to use it.
The most popular request I get from the foreign exchange students who come to Aix is:
Please teach me how to cook!
Julia Child taught traditional American housewives how to prepare classic French dishes, but what about today's exhausted hungry people? A ready-made world doesn't leave much room for spontaneous creativity. We don't have the time to work up a meal to impress the husbands' boss. Nor do many of this generation know what to do with what we've got. That's the theme of these recipes.
Remember that the bonus from learning-by-doing is that you get to eat the results!