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Old 02-11-2009, 10:21 AM   #1
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Best way to become a better cook

I have a strong interest in cooking, and the things I know how to cook I am decent at. I am a big fan of easy to prepare meals that take around a half hour. My problem is that I find one thing that is easy and keep doing that, and don't know what to expand to or get to lazy. When I was younger I used to be a lot more creative, when I had more free time on my hands. I am 27, and work pretty long hours, so at the end of the day I want pretty simple things to cook. This site is a great asset to me, I love the recipes everyone shares and tips and techniques but I was just wondering if anyone knew of a book, class, or anything that would provide me with a better general cooking education :)

I appreciate the help!

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Old 02-11-2009, 10:42 AM   #2
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Hi Matt,
I would suggest picking up a copy of this:
Cook With Jamie


Cook With Jamie

This is my guide to making you a better cook and it's the biggest book I've ever done! I think it looks beautiful and is full of simple and accessible recipes (160 of them!) that will blow the socks off your family and any guests you might have round for dinner.

And that's not all... there’s information on the equipment that I think you should have in your kitchen, advice on how to recognize and cook loads of different cuts of meat, as well as on how to get the best value and quality when you’re out shopping.

With Britain consuming more processed food than the rest of Europe put together, it’s a sad fact that most people just aren’t confident enough to cook any more. I'm hoping that with this new book, everyone will get stuck in and reclaim our fantastic cooking heritage!

PS: By the way, every single penny made from this book will go to the Fifteen Foundation. So go out and get yourself a copy!

• first published: UK hardback – Oct 2006

I'm sure this will be very helpful, I buy my cookbooks 2nd hand from Amazon, you may be able to pick it up there.
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Old 02-11-2009, 11:10 AM   #3
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Will check out that book, sounds good to me. Thank you :)
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Old 02-11-2009, 11:20 AM   #4
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Hermes House has a series of cookbooks that you can usually pick up really, really cheap. I like them because the recipes are written in a way that really makes sense, but they offer the flexibility to be creative.
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Old 02-11-2009, 12:06 PM   #5
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Rachel Ray (30-Minute Meals) might have some recipes you will enjoy
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Old 02-11-2009, 12:20 PM   #6
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Very Interesting Topic. I am competent at a fair amount of dishes and really good at a few, but have many areas that need to be improved upon. I will be interested to see how this topic develops.
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Old 02-11-2009, 12:28 PM   #7
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Saw a book "Cooking for Idiots" Guide for men.. lol wonder if it's any good. :)
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Old 02-11-2009, 12:36 PM   #8
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no idea. but it put me in mind of another book you might like: A Man, A Can, A Plan.
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Old 02-11-2009, 12:44 PM   #9
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no idea. but it put me in mind of another book you might like: A Man, A Can, A Plan.
ha ha ha interesting!
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Old 02-11-2009, 01:25 PM   #10
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Cook with different people.
Grandma, learned to make pasties, and not to unbeat eggs.
Other Grandma, learned to bake bread and make soups.
Mom-try every ethnic food you'd ever want to try.
Sister- presentations make a difference and chocolate and caramel fill the cracks in a cheese cake. lol
Brother-gardening and canning.
Grown kids--see how the local subsandwich shop make their sandwiches.
Aunt Ursula-how to make perogies.
Aunt Marie and Ruth-how to make different Chinese dishes.
Friends-Roger-how to roll sushi.
Friends-Brian-how to make sausage gravy and biscuits.
Friends-Ron-grilling.
Friends-Lisa-tons of great recipes she shares.
Friends-Sam-tons of healthy cooking tips.
Friends-Will-Teas.
Friends-Jeff-Roasting his own coffee and sharing.
Friends-Linda-how to make some awesome salsa.
more...Usually if I share cooking with someone, they share things with me.

Go to restaurants to try things you later make at home. Buy premade things in the grocery Deli and then recreate them at home.
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