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Old 10-25-2006, 04:33 PM   #11
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Cooking books open a world of learning oppertunity.

If I were in your shoes I would read, read, read and cook, cook, cook!

Read cook books of as many differnet types of cuisine as I could get hold of by well repected cooks and chefs, newspaper columns on food and restaurant reviews, I would cook everything I could, working out why I like one recipe books version of the same dish more than anothers. I would get a weekend/after school job in the best place that would take me and I would watch and learn.

I don't think your question is "dumb" and I think you are very sensible to find out what you can. Furthermore I think you are enterprising and lucky to have a feeling of what direction interests you at only 16 years old! Well done !
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Old 10-26-2006, 06:22 PM   #12
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(hehe, thanks :) lulu)

Awesome! thanks SO much guys for all the help!!!!
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Old 10-26-2006, 06:36 PM   #13
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When you are reading, keep a notebook to make notes. Write down any questions you might have. There are NO dumb questions. Only the ones you DON'T ask.

Make notes, too, when you are working with someone. Ask questions of them, also.

Read, read, read.
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Old 10-27-2006, 08:35 AM   #14
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You are already given loads of good advices from various points of view, if I may pitch in my 2 cents, try to experiment, get yourself accustomed to, and learn to use and care for the right equipments.
i.e. all the different knives are designed to special purposes, learn the differences and how to use them, as well as maintaining them in the best condition possible. Using the right knife will make your life a whole lot easier, and actually safer.
Also if you are accustomed to just using a nonstick skillet, try to learn cooking with different types of vessels like cast iron, SS, Copper etc. and see what kind of effect they can attain.
Don't be afraid to try new gadget, mixers, robots, food processors, slicers for just a few example, but before you jump in, read the manual and make sure you will know what you are doing, and the correct usage.
This practice will enhance your world of cooking so much.
Good luck!!
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