"If someone tells you they've got a great pasta recipe, ignore them. Making a great bowl of pasta isn't about directions or measurements. It's about feel.
I should know. I've had to learn this lesson again and again over the past 25 years. I used to buy pasta cookbooks, turn to the recipes with the pretty photos, and try to cook them. The problem was, I never really learned how to make those dishes. I was just following instructions. And if you follow a recipe to a T, you stop trusting yourself---you only trust that recipe."
From the Editor's Letter in the November 2016 issue of Bon Appétit. By Adam Rapoport.