OK, here's the deal...it wasn't "someone", it was me.Art is what I know to be true. I have been involved with food my whole life. I have also been involved with art my whole life. I recently discovered that you can combine the two. It has mutated a lot since I was young. I grew up with just "good food". Nothing fancy, nothing pretty. Just all good.
Since then the trend to make food artistically pleasing in some artistically abstract way has changed all of that.
Now food not only has to taste good but it has to be presented in some visually pleasing venue. (AKA: ARTISTIC FORM) Piles of strangely prounounced vegitation with equally strange combinations and dribbles of syrups, gravies or 'reductions' on God knows...
I believe the original question was how, under limited time and resources, to learn pastries and 'candy making'. I grew up fixated with watching candy makers at Knotts Berry Farm, my mom's best friend worked for See's candies, my grandmother and I would hand pull taffy and make fudge on almost a daily basis. Then there were the glass blowers (also at Knott's) which strongly mimics the skills needed to do sugar arts now (which is something that I have NO idea when it became popular, but it certainly wasn't when I was young)
So...is it art? Is it food? The point I was trying to make is that a food medium at this day and age is just that...a medium. It's treated as an ART medium. It is now something that now not only has to taste good but look good. Has anyone looked at 1950's or 60's cookbooks recently? I grew up with them. I have grown up with all kinds of 'mediums', clay, chocolate, soap, wax, frostings...some of them edible, some of them not.
That's the point I was trying to make because if you are going to excell I sincerely believe you have to have an artistic and sensual edge. You use your senses and imagination to create beautiful food...at least four of them. You need to be able to envision your culinary creation and turn it into reality. You touch, smell, taste, and see.
If you aren't inherently artistic then take a class.
That's the point and I don't believe it's off track.