At its best, roast chicken should represent the essence of simplicity. It’s the dish you want to make on a Sunday, when everyone is hanging around the house together and there is time to linger in the kitchen, and then at the table, and talk. It goes well with white wine, it goes well with red wine, it goes well with beer. More important, it goes well with children: Even at their most gratingly picky, many kids seem unable to resist the moist, salty white meat of a chicken that has been roasted with care. And as long as you stick to the correct time and temperature, you can improvise in terms of what goes inside, outside, and underneath the chicken.
Excerpted from The Cassoulet Saved Our Marriage: True Tales of Food, Family, and How We Learn to Eat
edited by Caroline M. Grant & Lisa Catherine Harper