The right place at the right time

Central Market at 8 a.m. on a weekday: looking over the asparagus stalks to the perfectly stacked tower of cauliflower to the blissfully empty aisle. Is there anything more inspiring to a cook than having all this gorgeous produce laid out, practically to yourself for the choosing? And the shoppers who are there are serious, like the fella who shared cooking tips in front of the dozens of chili powders in the bulk aisle (I took his advice and am trying the chipotle powder).