Back in 1996 we described Danette Milne as “an original, inventive cook”, and the intervening years have simply underscored her gifts, as maturity has led her to trust her inventiveness even more. Ms Milne explains it this way: "I've become a firm believer in reincarnation for the simple reason that often, when I cook, I am aware of what I refer to as 'The Food Gods'. There is a place one can connect with that's a point of letting-go and allowing the 'magic' to take over. This is when food becomes not just delicious, or amazing looking, but sublime. This place is, in my experience, a hub of knowledge and I thrive on visiting and tapping into it.” She was minded and influenced by two Mexican chefs when growing up as a child in southern California and her food, as a consequence, seems to give us a Culinary Magic Realism – the simple, made sublime, made fantastic, made surreal and alive. The labels of her Danette's Magic Sauces all list as their first ingredient: “magic”. That is neither boastful nor fanciful. These sauces show the magic that great cooks have in their hands, in their instinct, in their creativity. So, there is magic, and realism, and the sublime, all in the smallest, tiniest things that Danette Milne cooks.
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