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#1 of 5 Old 07-22-2013, 07:04 PM - Thread Starter
 
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Hi Mamas, Does anyone have any resources - websites, books, blogs, maybe a link to a previous thread on mothering for learning how to cook? I am trying to teach myself this skill and I seem to kind of stink at it. I don't like to experiment with food/recipes etc, so I guess I am looking for techniques and basic recipes that don't require too much "creativity'. Thanks, orangemomma

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When I first moved into my own apartment (yikes, about 30 years ago), I had some basic skills but there was a lot of cooking from cans and re-heating frozen dinners. I taught myself "real" cooking using mostly The Joy of Cooking.  It was a great resource for information about ingredients and techniques. 

 

How to Cook Everything by Mark Bittman gets a lot of rave reviews as a comprehensive, reliable resource but tbh, I've never used it myself. 

 

If you don't want to invest in a book (although the 2 I mentioned are readily available in used book stores), a good magazine is Cook's Illustrated. They test and re-test their recipes and give lots of fabulous tips. They do special editions 

 

These days, instead of books and magazines, I think you can use Google and Youtube.  I like to read and watch about 3 to 6 different sources to get a few different ideas about a technique and to make sure the information is reliable. 

 
Epicurious is a good site but some of the recipes can be a little complicated for beginners. If you use a recipe from that site, read the comments because there's often very useful advice from people who have tried the recipe. 
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Thank you Ollyoxenfree for your suggestions!  I am going to get started with some of them by getting the titles from the library.


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www.exclusivelyfood.com has great recipes and step-by-step instructions with lots of pictures. They also usually give suggestions for what to serve things with.

Pioneer woman cooks also has step-by-step recipes with pictures

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thanks Katelove,  I will check it out!


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