Welcome to the guide that will change the way you look at food and cooking! Until now, you probably haven't thought much about it except for repressing memories of Mom's “surprise casserole” or gossiping about the newest restaurant in town. Now that you're in the real world, you realize how fundamental making your own food can be.
Cooking at its essence is preparing food to eat and is as honorable as earning a living and maintaining one's health. In this book, I'll walk you through everything you need to know to prepare delicious food that will impress family and friends, from supplies and techniques to spices and herbs.
While the chapters are labeled Monday through Friday, you can follow any schedule you like. At the end of each chapter are exercises that put what you read into practice. I highly encourage you to complete each exercise before moving to the next chapter to commit the ideas to tactile memory. Also note I often leave out exact measurements in the exercises to get you used to tweaking recipes to your own tastes. Note the photos for relative amounts of ingredients.
I'm glad you've taken an interest in cooking, and I'm sure you will be too. We'll first look at supplies needed in the following chapter.