Good resources for beginner cooks?

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manny hagler
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Good resources for beginner cooks?

Postby manny hagler » Tue May 22, 2012 12:38 pm

Hi all,
I have decided to learn how to cook, having not done much of it in my 35 years (mom and wife have done that for me :mozilla_smile: ).
Can you recommend any good resources like books, websites, blogs, etc. for absolute beginners? "Cooking for dummies" is too advanced for me, I need "Cooking for retards". I will try doing some of the stuff in the Recipe sticky, but most of them still look too advanced for me.
Can you recommend resources that have recipes with:
1. Relatively few, basic ingredients - I prefer not to have recipes that require green capsicum, organic spotted himalayan capsicum and caramelised brewer's capsicum amongst 50 other ingredients.
2. Minimal equipment requirements - I'd like to stick with pots and pans, and the stove and the oven for now.
Thanks in advance.

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Re: Good resources for beginner cooks?

Postby tvi_82 » Tue May 22, 2012 7:55 pm

I was similar to you untill a few years ago, someone else always cooked my meals and i didnt know the first thing about cooking, now i`m showing the wife how to cook, Now, that's funny.

Don`t be afraid to try recipes! Trial and error is a big part of the learning curve. Some will have a long list of ingredients but most of them will be store cupboard things.

What types of meals do you want to make? No point recommending 101 ways to cook salmon if you don`t eat fish ;) Buy cookbooks on subjects your interested in. I`m always buying books from charity shops and they sell them for ~£1, asda/tesco also sell bbc good food books for £3 thats how i started now have over 40 books now, haha.

One pot... its got to be a wok! i love stir fry and they are very simple to make with little cleaning up afterwards.
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Re: Good resources for beginner cooks?

Postby tvi_82 » Tue May 22, 2012 8:00 pm

THESE are the bbc books. I have about 8 of the 101 books, very easy to follow.
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Re: Good resources for beginner cooks?

Postby Lui » Tue May 22, 2012 11:35 pm

I just learned by trial and error. It takes time. No book will turn you into a chef over night but cook books help. The internet is a great source: Youtube especially because you can watch step by step. Maybe videos will be more help at first.

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Re: Good resources for beginner cooks?

Postby Spaceman3 » Mon May 28, 2012 4:07 pm

http://www.mediterrasian.com/

That's the website I started from a few years ago. They have some delicious recipes and they cover some basic techniques.


You could try this for example. It's super easy and delicious.
http://www.mediterrasian.com/delicious_recipes_tusca_soup.htm

http://www.mediterrasian.com/delicious_recipes_scrambled_eggs.htm


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