Improve My Cooking
August 2, 2008 9:04 AM Subscribe
What resources will help me move from a proficient to a (one day, hopefully) great cook?
posted by ecab to Food & Drink (20 answers total) 46 users marked this as a favorite
I love food and cooking, and think that for a 23 year old guy I'm pretty good at it. I worked as a line cook for a while in high school and learned a lot of basic skills, and I've cooked pretty regularly since.
I can make some good things, and I can follow recipes with a pretty good success rate. What I'm looking for, now, is how to learn the more advanced skills, and gain the more advanced food and flavor knowledge, that will take my cooking to the next level.
Mostly I'm looking for cookbooks and the like, I suppose, but I'm not interested as much in getting books of recipes as learning techniques and basic skills that can be altered and reused in many ways. For example, one of my Mexican cookbooks taught me how to make sauce out of dried peppers, and while I've never followed that recipe exactly I use the skill fairly often. I want more things like this.
For a bit of further guidance on my food interests, I am most interested in more traditional European / Mediterranean / American (especially Southwest and Latin) cooking. While I love many Asian foods, cooking it holds less interest for me. I also don't particularly love Italian food, mostly because I'm not big on pasta (other parts of Italian food I do like).