Your Inner Zen Chef Isn't Afraid of Failure

You can't improve as a cook (or anything) without making a lot of horrible food (or whatever) first.

Cooking is a big part of what makes us human, says legendary food writer Ruth Reichl, author of My Kitchen Year: 136 Recipes That Saved My Life. And just as we err in all other facets of life, to make mistakes while learning to cook is only natural. In fact, it's through these small bits of failure that we improve in our abilities and heighten our passion for food.