Sometimes culinary inspiration isn't focused on ingredients or techniques. There are occasions when we need to satisfy a craving or take care of someone who needs to be reminded that they are truly special. During moments like that it is the hunger that is the inspiration.
As a cook, the people who sit at your table are your opportunity to be creative and nourishing at the same time. Knowing what people like allows you to tailor recipes specifically for them. Some of our greatest inspirations have evolved this way. It doesn't have to be a grand occasion to create something special for someone you love. For example these blueberry-corn buns evolved as a riff off of classic sticky buns for someone who loves fruit more than nuts. Made with our no-knead brioche dough, (from the book) with 50% corn flour, the rolls were tender and sweet, with a delicate crunch from the cornmeal and sweet-tart juicy goodness from the berries and maple syrup. Created for one specific hunger they ended up having a universal appeal, and what could be better than that?