By Elizabeth Winslow
Photography by Jody Horton
A universal symbol of life, fertility and rebirth, the egg indeed represents abundant possibility. I only had to try baking a cake without them one time to understand the science of their robust protein structure. Scrambled, poached, whipped, emulsified, souffléed or baked, eggs provide richness and texture, depth and height to all my favorite dishes. That the same ingredient can yield rich aioli, mile-high meringues, tender, lacy crêpes and soft, fluffy scrambled eggs never ceases to surprise and delight—there’s no question which comes first in my kitchen.