“…No one is born a great cook, one learns by doing.” – Julia Child
This seems to be an obvious statement, but think about it: do you remember learning to cook? Who taught you? Was it an enjoyable experience? You might even be here because you don’t know how to cook!
For me, my first experience in a kitchen that I can remember was in 6th grade home-economics class, and we made chocolate chips cookies. It amazed me that I now had control over something that I used to rely on my mother for…fresh, hot cookies. It was my first taste – no pun intended – of independence. I was able to amuse myself on a rainy Saturday making cookies and bonding with my mom, who would be waiting in the wings if I needed help.
I didn’t learn to properly cook until I was 19-ish and I moved out of my parents house (that was attempt 1 of 3 to live independently). I didn’t have a lot of experience cooking, just some easy meals I learned from home – spaghetti and meatballs, baked chicken, casseroles, steamed veggies…nothing terribly interesting and certainly not always healthy. I heavily relied on frozen dinners until I was about 24. This was before Pinterest existed and before you could find an instructional video for anything and everything on YouTube; food inspiration was at an all time low for me.
I moved out on my own – no roommates, no boyfriends – when I was 24 and I even moved to a different city, away from the safety net of mom’s dinner table. I finally had to learn how to fend for myself in the kitchen. Pinterest was finally picking up momentum, and I would be searching for recipes, and often turned off based on three main things:
- ingredients that were hard to find or only came in large quantities
- the recipe required the use of a kitchen gadget I didn’t own (broke post college grad, anyone?)
- there were too many steps/cook time was too long
In my early 20s, working and being social, spending loads of time shopping for ingredients or trying to “make-do” with limited kitchen tools just didn’t interest me. Regardless of your age or occupation, I doubt it interests you as well. I think that is why a lot of people either don’t want to learn to cook, or know how, and don’t enjoy it. Sometime’s you just “can’t even” at the end of the work day.
What you are going to find here is what I wish I had back when I was learning to cook: an explanation of what’s what in the kitchen, ingredients, cooking methods, and recipes that range from beginner to intermediate, and the occasional advanced (because I’m not even there myself, to be honest).
Hopefully with all this information your time spent in the kitchen will feel a little less like work, and little more like fun (and delicious, of course!)