We’re living in a golden age for cooking. Thanks to the internet, you can learn how to cook the most complicated meals from the comfort of your own home. You don’t need to go to culinary school or spend years in a restaurant kitchen. All you need is an iPad and some free time.
But if you want to be a better cook, it helps to know where you’re going with it all. Here are some tips for getting started as a newbie chef:
- Don’t be afraid to experiment with ingredients. Keep an open mind about what will taste good together, even if it seems unusual. For example, try putting grapefruit juice in your chicken soup or adding ginger root paste when making chocolate chip cookies.
- Get comfortable with failure. Cooking is hard because there are so many ways things can go wrong — especially when you first start out! If your pâté tastes like liverwurst instead of foie gras, don’t worry about it too much; just chalk it up as another learning experience and try again next time.
- Find recipes that use simple ingredients you already have in your kitchen — but only after doing some research on each ingredient beforehand so that you know what
- Take a class. You don’t have to go to culinary school, but if you can find a good one in your area (or online), it can be a great way to learn the basics of cooking. A lot of classes will teach you how to make a few dishes and give you ideas for what kinds of foods you might like to try. If nothing else, it’ll give you confidence in your own abilities when it comes time to make dinner at home.
- Don’t be afraid to ask questions when preparing food — it’s normal! You don’t need to know everything before starting out as a cook; just ask questions! If there’s something about a dish that doesn’t make sense, don’t be afraid to ask someone who knows what they’re doing for help (or even look up an answer online). The internet has all sorts of resources for beginners who are learning how to prepare meals from scratch — use them wisely!
- Make sure you have all the necessary tools before you begin cooking. You don’t want to be halfway through a recipe and realize that you don’t have everything you need to complete it. Make sure your pantry is well stocked and that you’ve got sharp knives on hand so that nothing gets ruined in the process of cooking!