So, you figured out how to feed yourself with a spoon and a fork and drink from a big boy cup; what’s the next step? It’s time to learn how to cook.
The ability to cook is something that I think is truly important. One doesn’t have to be a gourmet chef or go to a culinary institute, but I think cooking is a skill that more people should have. I’m not saying this from the perspective of a “foodie,” either. The stereotype of people who know how to cook is that they slave away for hours in their kitchens to create a masterpiece on a plate, but it’s a lot simpler than that. Cooking skill can be as plain as knowing how to steam some rice or bake a cake, and it’s not nearly as terrifying as it’s made out to be.
Cooking meals at home has its benefits, too. Buying fresh ingredients and preparing them yourself is much healthier than buying prepared or fast food. It’s also cheaper— a massive vat of soup or chili can mean meals all week for a small family or a healthy, inexpensive meal for a large family. It means that you get to pick and choose what goes into your food. When was the last time you went to a restaurant and they put sardines in your milkshake when you specifically asked for anchovies? Never again will you face that dilemma! Besides all that, cooking can be fun, too. Nothing’s as satisfying for me as the smile on my mom’s face when I offer to cook dinner for her after a long day at work. In fact, the only bad part about cooking at home is having to wash your own dishes!
So, you want to start cooking, but you’re not even sure how to boil water on the stove? Fear not, because the library has cookbooks that you can check out! For a neophyte chef, I highly recommend The Way to Cook by Julia Child. It has easy recipes and a lot of simple tips on how to get started. Bon appétit!
~Georgia, 17, Teen Center Advisor