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Old 03-21-2005, 08:09 PM   #1
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I don't know how to cook.

I don't know how to cook. In fact, I don't have the slightest idea where to start. Cooking interests me for two reasons:

1. I am trying to lose weight and have been told several times that it would be a valuable and beneficent skill to learn how to cook

2. I want to impress members of the opposite gender.

So... Where do I start? What are some useful tools to start out with? And, most importantly, do you have any easy, healthy, recipes I can try.

Thanks a bunch :-)


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Old 03-21-2005, 08:15 PM   #2
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Oh Boy, bobby, did you ever come to the right place!

This is the most helpful bunch I've ever seen - you just need to tell us what your situation is with respect to utensils, pots, pans, kitchen...etc...and something about what sort of foods you like!

We're glad to help you!

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Old 03-21-2005, 08:21 PM   #3
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Welcome bobby. You really did come to the right place. My first piece of advice is to get a good cookbook. Personally I really like Mark Bittermans book "How To Cook Everything". I think it is a very well rounded book that has good explanations as to why you do what you do when you cook. Find a recipe that looks interesting and jump right in. With cooking it is best to learn by doing IMO. There are a ton of very knowledgeable people on this board so ask as many questions as you can think of and I promise you will get a ton of great advice.

And I love your motivation...Women love men who cook
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Old 03-21-2005, 08:30 PM   #4
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Bobby, you have already taken that first step. Having the desire to cook. There are many ways and options to learn to cook. Watching cooking shows, reading food section of newspaper, magazines, cookbooks, and other cooks. And now days you have the Internet. Check locally, community college, etc for cooking classes.

Search newspaper and cookbooks, etc for recipe that interest you, simple ones to start, and then try it. Practice, practice,practice.

Of course, if you have any questions, just holler. We have a good cross-section of helpful, knowegeable folks here.

You never know, we all might learn something!
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Old 03-21-2005, 08:38 PM   #5
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Wow, Im overwhelmed.

I was hoping to make something with mostly vegetables and maybe a little bit of chicken or fish.

As far as my situation goes, as of now, I'm limited on my utensils and cookware, but I am willing to start building up supplies as necessary.

I'm limited on my cookware vocabulary, but I will do my best.

Stovetop: Pots, Saucepans, and one of those flat thingies

Bake: Glass and metal rectangular things (like to bake casseroles in) cookie sheets, muffin sheets

Utensils/other: colanders, both kinds of spatulas, potato peeler, cheese grater - I'm willing to pick up anything within reason that'll fit into this category.

I have access to an oven, microwave, blender, and maybe a few more things(if my mom doesn't have them)

While we're at it, is there a "complete idiots guide to cookware terms" someone could link me to? hehe
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Old 03-21-2005, 08:40 PM   #6
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ah, and while I was typing up that last one, two excelent ideas! thanks GB and Rainee. I sure don't have to worry about being ignored here
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Old 03-21-2005, 08:45 PM   #7
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Welcome to Discuss Cooking Bobby. I'm happy you found us! Don't be a stranger my friend.
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Old 03-21-2005, 08:51 PM   #8
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Check out the Terms & Techniques forum. Bunch of stuff in there. Cooking terms, ingredients, temp/cooking times.
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Old 03-21-2005, 08:51 PM   #9
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Hi Bobby. You are not alone. My cooking skills are very basic. Here is a link to a book that might help. I'm not calling you a dummy now. I have lots of dummy books to help me with my computer and the internet. Good luck.

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Old 03-21-2005, 09:04 PM   #10
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Is there a community college nearby? Maybe a cooking class. I think it's horrible that home ec barely exists in schools. It was always my favorite class.

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