- Posted February 4, 2013 by
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Who taught you to love food?
Beginner cooks' simple recipes
Beginners who do not know how to cook can turn to many sources that will help him or her learn basic cooking techniques. The first requirement of a beginning cook is the interest to learn all about cooking. Cooking requires patience so that interest will aid you when you explore and do simple recipes in the beginning. Otherwise, you will put down that pan and undo your apron and quit the kitchen if you’re not happy in it.
Similar to a photographer and his camera, you must know your kitchen well–from the stove to its cooking equipments like pots and pans, utensils, knives, and other tools. Knowing where things are and what each thing does already gets your feet halfway into the kitchen door. Once acquainted, it is time to turn up the heat.
Start with simple recipes for beginners over your stove top, oven or grill. Fry an egg, boil pasta and simmer a simple sauce, boil potatoes. Slowly make your way to the foundation cooking techniques and consider them little steps you put together to lead you to the mastery of the kitchen. Try to practice by doing real life meals for your family but be conservative in your experiments so that the resulting dish will at least be edible to your taste testers. Have someone teach you or observe someone in the kitchen so you will have more confidence with your dishes and develop your culinary skills.
Cookbooks are a beginning cook’s best friend. There are a lot of cookbooks in the market today that teaches everything there is to know about cooking. Get yourself a copy of Julia Child and company’s classic Mastering the Art of French Cooking, Irma Rombauer’s The Joy of Cooking, and other classic and modern cooking instruction books. The recipes on their pages will help you learn how to cook by doing them. You can look at photos to see how the dish will look like or find a cooking terminology.