You don't have to be a chef or even a particularly good cook to experience proper kitchen alchemy: the moment when ingredients combine to form something more delectable than the sum of their parts. Fancy ingredients or recipes not required; simple, made-up things are usually even better.
- Erin Morgenstern, artist and the author of the fantasy novel, "The Night Circus." It was published in 2011 and won her the Locus Award for Best First Novel. (1978- )