Learning to cook.

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    May 31, 2012 11:09 AM GMT

    Anyone know any good places to learn how to cook? I cant cook at all unless its 100% moron proof, and even then im bound to spill stuff all over my aprin....
  • mizu5

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    May 31, 2012 2:13 PM GMT
    try some stuff out from canadianliving. its a magazine/website.

    their shit is moron proof. It's for the like... weekend cooking crew.
  • calibro

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    May 31, 2012 2:20 PM GMT
    culinary school
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    May 31, 2012 2:21 PM GMT
    LOL... every guy should learn some basic cooking. It's really not that hard. There are a couple of good 'beginner' type cooking magazines on the news stand every week that I would recommend to begin.

    The easiest is called 'Simple & Delicious'. It uses some pre-made items like Bisquick and soups for the base of the recipes so you're not creating dinner from scratch. Here's a link, I started with these recipes and found them easy and great:


    A little more challenging but still not real hard is the companion magazine 'Taste of Home'. It's just a half a step up from Simple & Delicious. These recipes include a few more ingredients and less of the pre-made items. I learned to cook with a combination of using both. Here's the link:


    Both websites also give you some recipes to check out online and perhaps try but they both are published as magazines you can subscribe to or just buy off the shelf at any book store or news stand. I seldom had a recipe that was not good or didn't turn out. Eventually you'll be able to graduate to Bon Appetite and really show off your culinary skills! Good luck.
  • iHavok

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    May 31, 2012 3:39 PM GMT
    Silly question, but do you notice a trend in your inedible attempts?

    Do you burn things?
    are you just clumsy?
    Do you just not understand technical jargon?

    Learning to cook isn't hard to do, and something you can teach yourself, it just takes time and patience (and a lot of attention to detail)
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    May 31, 2012 3:41 PM GMT
    Best way to learn is to fail and make something so disgusting you never cook that way again icon_biggrin.gif
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    May 31, 2012 3:51 PM GMT
    Watch Chopped on The Food Network. (One of my guilty pleasures.)
  • iHavok

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    May 31, 2012 3:57 PM GMT
    i ask cuz there's simple stuff you can do to get over different areas that are weak.

    i suggest starting with food that doesn't require cooking.

    no bake cookies.
    fruit salad

    get used to being in the kitchen, so you relax. A lot of errors are made just because someone's not used to being in the kitchen, so they are nervous.

    It also gets you used to terms used when cooking, instruments you encounter and the attention to detail that makes a good cook.
  • Montague

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    May 31, 2012 3:58 PM GMT
    Uhh, just look it up or watch, and then go do some trial and error run-through in the kitchen! If you survive; then you know you're doing it right. icon_cool.gif
  • Thorbaugh

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    May 31, 2012 5:13 PM GMT
    I actually did a 10 week course at a local cooking school - changed my life.

    I see that you're from Grand Rapids, MI - are you near Grand Haven as they have a 10-week bootcamp that would be perfect.

    Bekins Cooking School
    Phone: (616) 842-2743
    Fax: (616) 842-6038

    Address: 735 Washington Avenue, Grand Haven, MI 49417

    Monday thru Friday 9-6
    Saturday 9-3
    Closed on Sunday
  • Medjai

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    May 31, 2012 5:15 PM GMT
    There are tons of places that offer cooking courses to get you started. Culinary schools, cooking stores, private companies. Google them in your city.
  • Sportsfan1

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    May 31, 2012 5:26 PM GMT
    It's not that hard. When I first moved out on my own I couldn't even boil water. What I did was buy "The Joy of Cooking" and Fanny Farmer's Cookbook. Read the recipe carefully, be sure you have all of the proper ingredients, take your time and do not be afraid to experiment. Now I do not even have to look at he recipes anymore. Since I am of Mexican descent I also invested in a good Mexican cookbook. I am proud to say my chiles and mexican rice is better than mom's. By the way you received some excellent advice on this site. Hope you take it all to heart. Good Luck and Bon Apetite!
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    May 31, 2012 5:30 PM GMT
    Find 2 or 3 recipes you like. and learn to perfect them. Then from there you can memorize those few recipes and eventually start branching out from substitutions to new recipes.

    This gets you in the habit of at least doing common cooking techniques that you can transfer into more complicated recipes time and time again. for instance it took me forever to learn how to cook rice perfectly. now it's easy and I rarely have to think about it when a recipe calls for rice.

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    Jun 03, 2012 11:27 AM GMT
    Thanks for all the info guys. And my grandma is in anothers state :p