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Where to start? Best resources for complete newbies?

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Hi all,

I don't have any skills in cooking. In fact, the only thing I can do is make maraconi and cheese and boil eggs. 

So, I've decided to take the leap, jump the gun, and dive right in. 

To start my journey in the wonderful world of cooking, are there any absolute must-read cooking resources (threads, blog posts, articles, forum posts, books, videos, etc) for beginners that you'd recommend I take a look at? Where exactly should I start? 

Thanks in advance.

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Where are you located? If you are in the States, I would recommend The Joy of Cooking for a good, solid reference for the basics.

 

People will tell you to seek out the pre-1997 editions but I have a 1966 ed, the much maligned 1997 edition and the 75th Anniversary edition and find I use the 75th Anniversary edition the most. It has more up to date information on ingredients that were not widely available when earlier editions were published and it restored many of the features that were left out of the 1997 edition. (although it does not, as pre 1997 editions do, show you how to skin a squirrel.) 

 

The 1997 ed. and the 75th Anniversary edition are in print and available on Amazon or at bookstores currently. Make sure you get the 75th Anniversary one.

post #3 of 4

I would say the best resource out there for newbies is probably http://www.rouxbe.com

post #4 of 4

I wouldn't call mac n cheese easy unless you're making it out of a box.... in which case it's a good idea to start cooking yourself and avoiding all that processed food!

 

Preparing good food and cooking don't have to be complicated.  Start simple like composing a fresh salad, maybe grilling a chicken breast and adding that, making a good tuna sandwich, making stellar scrambled eggs or making a simple pasta.  Being that we're all foodies around here I doubt many of us know of any blogs aimed at newbies.  But we're certainly capable of advising you whenever you want to attempt a dish.  Also, searching for a recipe on google or the foodnetwork will show you several results that are rated in difficulty, have the prep and cook time indicated and are rated by other people.  I have found some beautiful and simple recipes on tastespotting.com

 

So, what do you feel like cooking today?

"You are what you eat, so don't be fast, cheap, easy, or fake."

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