Why learn to cook (or get better at it)?

So you don’t know how to cook (well). That’s fine. I didn’t either once and don’t consider myself anything more than a guy who can follow recipes and get them right more than wrong. Earlier on the Twitters, I asked what holds people back. Most of the answers didn’t surprise me and I hope to address them all in future posts but, in this one, I’d like to put out some of my reasons people should cook.  Sure, I could read a bunch of articles and give you backing and data and science for cooking for yourself but that’s not what we’re about here.  This is solid opinion and why I think this site is a great idea; disagree at your leisure.

1. Cooking is easy.

Everyone, say that aloud: Cooking. Is. Easy.  Skill at cooking is something that comes with practice. The basic art of cooking is dirt simple. Here’s a list of the skills needed to follow most recipes (off the top of my head): chop, peel, pour, measure, mix/stir and (most importantly) read.  That’s pretty much it. Sure, specialized directions like crush or mince or whisk come into play but, generally, you can get around those and make approximately the same thing. And as long as it tastes the same, it won’t matter if you can jullienne your carrots (they have devices for that anyway). There’s no need to fear any recipe; just go for it. Mistakes are made and can often yield knowledge or a better recipe.

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