The book came about while I was writing a completely different cookbook. I was thinking about one of my favorite meals, roast chicken, and all you could learn from it (how to make a stock, and then any stock, how to make a pan jus, how to make gravy, a refined sauce fines herbes).
Long ago BLT From Scratch Challenge. How great was that: everyone agreeing to make their own bread, make their own mayonnaise, grow their own lettuce and tomatoes, and cure their own bacon. None of it particularly difficult, and a blast if you like to cook. I went back to the winners entry, and remembered 9-year-old Emma Kate, who once again brought me to tears with her story.