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Learning Through Reading - Cooking

Jan 8, 2008
We all learn new skills throughout our life - and schooling doesn't stop when we leave school. Whether we decide to pick up a drawing pencil or a flute, we can decide to learn a new skill or pick up a new artistic pursuit. One great new skill to learn is learning how to cook, no matter what your age.

Cooking is definitely not just a practical skill, although we do tend to use some aspect of it everyday. It's also something artistic, a hobby, something to learn and cultivate as a genuine art form within ourselves. You've probably already learned some basic skills by just watching others in the kitchen.

There are several ways to learn how to be a better cook, or just learn how to cook in general, and each way has its ups and downs. Cooking classes are good for some things - you might want to take a class if you want to learn pastry baking for instance. But they can be expensive and time consuming.

You could also decide to learn to cook via the television. Today's TV offers many different shows that can be beneficial to the beginning cook - they can demonstrate techniques like how to cut up certain foods, or how to mix up a cake or even more complex parts of cooking, all on the screen.

One of the best ways, however, to learn to cook, is by reading books. This is the old standby method of learning to cook - next to learning from relatives like mom and grandma, of course - and it still works. Learning to cook by reading about cooking is a great way to gain experience with cookery.

The best way to start out learning to cook from books is to purchase a few really basic cookbooks. These cookbooks will often be the staples of your cooking library, so choose them carefully. Most basic cookbooks are not basic in their recipes, but they may have many recipes in them from many areas.

Choose books from reputable sources. Cookbooks written by recognizable names, such as chefs and cooks that have been around for ages are a better bet than more contemporary cooks. The Joy of Cooking is a book that all new cooks should have, and it has been around for 50 years.

Learning to cook by reading is a great way to start out your cooking journey, but there are many more ways to learn about cooking, and learn how to cook. Be sure to combine your newfound knowledge with plenty of practice, and maybe spring for a lesson or two to really get started.
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Aazdak Alisimo writes for BasicCookingTips.com - where you can get basic cooking tips and recipes on just about anything you are making.
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