Cooking 101: How to Effectively Start Learning as a Beginner

Learning how to cook and mastering it takes great amount of time, burning interest and a good amount of determination. Just because cooking one recipe ended up in a disaster doesn’t mean you have to quit your dream of becoming a master of it. It takes trial and error, and most importantly, a guide to drive your cooking journey the right way. You may even have to visit a unique restaurant in each and every time you dine out, so to expand your knowledge of different tastes, which is a key to achieve cooking goals.

So where do you begin as someone with only little cooking knowledge to start with?

Learn the language

Learning how to cook for the first time may feel like learning another language. There can be words or composition of words that your brain is not yet familiar, leaving you clueless, hanging and even lead you to unwanted cooking outcomes. If you want to progress though, you should give yourself enough time to correctly understand every cooking jargon, term or phrase you encounter. If you’re following a cooking book, there might be attached explanations of these unfamiliar words or phrases. To solidify your learning of new cooking terms, back it up with research. Dig more about them and support your learning with facts.

To summarize:
–    Thoroughly understand any unfamiliar cooking jargon / term / phrase.
–    If following a recipe book, see attached explanation of unfamiliar words.
–    Backup learning with research and support understanding with facts.

Start with the easy first

While you can definitely begin with the hand ones, that’s a matter of preference, it is recommended to start with the easy recipes first and expand every earned learning from there. Most cookery books provide assessment in each recipe recorded, so checking on them guides you if a recipe is something you should already be doing. Some recipes may require your experience of a collection of other recipes in order to execute the accompanying process with less difficulty. You may also want to start with the ones of your interest. Sometimes, it’s hard to execute things when your heart and mind is not up to it.

To summarize:
–    Start with the easy recipes, and then grow from there.
–    See recipe assessment; this tells of you what is required.
–    The recipe must be your interest; things can be easy when you like what you’re doing.

Duplicate the Masters

Some of us may learn more effectively when taught by, and when teaching comes from, the people we look up to, like our role models; our cooking idols and the kitchen experts we want to be like. If this is also you, then there are a couple of things you can do to learn from your idols. First, watch their video tutorials. Second, watch their cooking shows, if they have any. Third, collect the recipe books they authored or published. When attending to these “learn to how to cook” materials, be sure to observe carefully and watch closely how they transition from one preparation to another. Grab or take note of any technique you discover. Listen when they speak of important things as they may fill the missing pieces in your learning progress.

To summarize:
–    Watch video tutorials of your cooking idols.
–    Watch cooking shows of the experts you look up to.
–    Collect cooking books of the masters you want yourself a duplicate yourself of.

Explore the universe of tastes

No master of cooking lacks the ability to tell exactly the recipes behind the different tastes. If your aim is to become great in producing mouth-watering meals, you should have the ability to identify every taste. And to be an expert in the kitchen, you need to be an expert of taste. The way to deal with that is to explore the universe of different tastes. How exactly are you going to do that?

Well, you could start the tasting journey in your kitchen. Taste every edible thing you have and be a genius about recalling their unique flavor. Don’t forget to try and mix them up differently. Then move forward by exploring the different cuisines and pinpointing the recipes that make them unique. If your budget allows, try dining out in as many restaurants as you can. Restaurants do have specialties, which taste you might want to be familiar with for future reference.

To summarize:
–    Be a genius in recalling tastes.
–    Explore the different cuisines.
–    Dine in a unique restaurant each time.

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