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How To Cook, Part 1: Introduction

This series is for those of you who who don't know how to cook (and those of you who do know how to cook, but maybe would like an easy reference for those 101 skills). Maybe you've been inspired to try to cook something after watching a cooking video, only to glance into your kitchen and see your countertops full of mail and empty cupboards. I understand the overwhelm. It seems like all the recipes, cooking videos on facebook, or shows on food network assume that you already have a stocked kitchen, and that know what they mean when they say chop vs dice vs mince.

As I have said before, with the disappearance of Home Economics, many people never learned to cook. But, there is no shame in this! It's not because you're "a millennial", it's not because you're parents or the school system failed you, it's not because of anything that you did or did not do or learn. It's just how it is. Yet every time I am on Facebook, most of the videos I see are about cooking. How is it, then, that so many people are interested in watching videos on how to make delicious, easy meals, but roughly 1/3 of people don't know how to cook? I think it starts with setting up the kitchen for success. If you don't know how to cook, then how do you know what things you need in your kitchen to start cooking?

So, with the holidays coming up, I decided to write this series all about how to cook. Over the next month, this series will talk about what tools you will need in the kitchen, how to set up your kitchen, describe different cooking terms and techniques, and end with an easy and delicious holiday menu for you to make for your friends and family (or just yourself, I won't tell) using all of your new skills!

Is there anything specific you'd like me to include? Let me know in the comments below!

**Update: you can find part 2 here.


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