Freedom can be so tiring. Especially in the kitchen. If you don't want to be told anything, you have to come up with your own recipes. That's why we don't just like to be guided by the stove. It's so relaxing to follow the orders of those who know better. So open the cookbook, find the recipe and get started. Chefs are authorities. In the event of failure, we doubt ourselves rather than the recipe. Only one line keeps making us boil: Heat the oven to 180 degrees Celsius. And not the words, but where they appear in the recipe. A modern oven heats up in five minutes. No cook in the world can even come close to following the next steps in the time it takes to put the roasting pan, tray or pan with its contents into the oven. The cookbook is also not from the 1950s, when an oven might need half an hour to get up to speed.

In any case, it makes us nervous when the device hums while idling and signals: I'm good to go, open the flap! Then the oven causes unnecessary hecticness. We can't use that. Our suggestion to the recipe writers: Put the note to preheat the oven to 180 degrees Celsius at the point where the step follows: Let it braise in the oven for 30 minutes. We also have a suggestion for the five-minute heating-up time: open the wine bottle, decant it and take a sip. The recipe may include a recommendation as to which grape variety goes well with the dish. Because even when it comes to choosing wine, freedom can make you tired. We're happy to follow the chef if he has a good tip. So that eating and drinking doesn't become a compulsory event, it can be left open which winery and which vintage it should be.