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    Quote Originally Posted by Qre:us View Post
    NO! I do not want to learn to cook.
    I agree. You should learn to grate first.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Avis View Post
    I agree. You should learn to grate first.
    After that, no, I do not want to learn to grate either. The kitchen is a deathtrap.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Qre:us View Post
    I now have a dried-up yellowish scab with a hole, it seems, in the middle, on my right hand
    Judging from that description, are you sure it isn't just a leftover slice of ungrated cheese you haven't removed yet?
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    I recommend the America's Test Kitchen/Cook's Illustrated series of cookbooks. They aren't really beginner level, but they're not super hard. And every book in the series has an article before each recipe that explains WHY each recipe has the ingredients and techniques used. They're great for learning how recipes work instead of just mindlessly following directions. Make a few of the easiest recipes and you'll soon learn to understand cooking in a fundamental way. I strongly recommend "The America's Test Kitchen Family Cookbook" as a first step, and also "The New Best Recipe", which is my favorite general interest cookbook.
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    oooh... you guys have good suggestions!

    I started learning thanks to my habit of trying everything in the kitchen out of curiosity as to what it tasted with- including getting yelled at by my mom for eating the spices out of her spice cabinet when I was younger

    After that it was trial and error with various recipes found in my mom's recipe box, different cook books and random combinations of things that seemed like they would be good together- when the dish was good I remembered it, when it was bad, my mom tended to tell me what I did wrong

    after you get the basics down, cooking is pretty much just theme and variation on certain processes and ingredients

    I'd also suggest Good Eats to learn more about the ingredients... Alton Brown is AWESOME!
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    I find cooking pretty easy. The hardest part always comes down to the meat!
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    Quote Originally Posted by Magic Poriferan View Post
    I find cooking pretty easy. The hardest part always comes down to the meat!
    I often only bother to cook the meat. The rest is stuff that dont need cooking. Simplifies things.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Magic Poriferan View Post
    I find cooking pretty easy. The hardest part always comes down to the meat!
    I identify... my biggest cooking failures are steak and bacon... and I LIKE steak and bacon

    I can grill a fish like nobody's business though
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    Quote Originally Posted by whatever View Post
    I identify... my biggest cooking failures are steak and bacon... and I LIKE steak and bacon

    I can grill a fish like nobody's business though



    Fail? At bacon?

    No one fails at bacon.

    You've got two choices, extra crispy, or chewy.

    If you didn't cook it to the desired consistency. That, is where you failed.


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    it's called a 1 second attention span... I wander off and return in a panic when the fire alarm goes off
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