BASE 8 offers an alternative approach to the idea of a recipe as a static entity. Instead, the book establishes a base and variation mentality, in which understanding a food’s structure allows for infinite and dynamic change. Each recipe begins with its
base, the simplest version of the item, followed by a set of eight variations that expand upon the idea. Additionally,
all eight base recipes require only the same eight ingredients (flour, baking soda, salt, sugar, butter,
milk, eggs, and water) in different proportions, providing an easy alternative to the current trend of over-processed, ready-made food.