Tracking the Origins of Inspiration

Chandra Ram

Inspiration is a funny thing. You can’t demand it come to you; it will dance out of your reach just when you need it most, and then suddenly pop up again when you least expect or need it.

But what is it, and where does it come from? I don’t think there are easy answers to these questions, but they are at the heart of what both chefs and journalists seek out—when creating...