When it comes to cooking, I think it’s safe to say it’s something we all have a vested interested in. Even those of us who don’t cook or don’t like to (to which I ask “why?”) we still need to eat and we really enjoy food and we all have our favorites. However, many of us also thoroughly enjoy the act of cooking, itself, and we strive to do the best we can. PArt of being a good cook is, of course, having a diverse repertoire of dishes both in your memory and written down or otherwise easily accessible for reference so that you have a dish on standby for every occasion. This means a lot of experimentation and, upon success, repetition. Therefore, it’s a good idea to get some references to help you round out your culinary portfolio. Here are a few suggestion.
First and foremost, it’s not only wise to take inspiration from the cuisine of other cultures, it’s also one of the more fun ways to cook. While you could book a room with Hotels.com and make a trip out of the research phase of your cooking journey, and I highly recommend that you do for a wide variety of reasons, the internet allows you to learn these recipes from the horse’s mouth, so to speak, and that’s a lot more manageable for those of us who lack the time and/or money to travel recreationally. Some examples of the cuisine of other cultures would be Indian food, heavy in spices for both heat and flavor, italian food, which is hardly foreign at this point, but we Americans have butchered a lot of it with our interpretations, so there’s still some value left to be found, and a litany of Asian foods that tend to blend the sweet, sour, and savory in ways that will boggle the western palette, and again, we’ve ruined a lot of the signature dishes of asian countries, China in particular, without variations on their food.
Another important part of learning to cook is learning the very basics, not in terms of cooking, but in terms of food. That may sound contradictory, but know that something like bread is time consuming to make and can put people off of making it themselves. However, it’s well worth doing it from scratch for flavor, price, and raw experience. Plus, bread is a staple of every culture, so knowing how to make your own is essential.