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The Simple Truth About Becoming A Good Cook

Updated on July 12, 2015

When I first started cooking at home verses going out it was because of the price of the food at a restaurant. Truth is that most of the cost of a restaurant is to pay the light bill, the rent, etc. On top of that I then had to tip the waiter/waitress (something I don’t mind doing because they deserve that money) In order to maintain my going out all the time I spent and spent and when the money ran out I put it all on credit cards. After realizing that I was not only broke but that I was in debt all over restaurants, I decided to change things.

So I found recipes online and went to the grocery store bought every ingredient and spent way more than I would have if I went to the restaurant. What I found is that I was doing it all wrong and soon started searching for ways to change this, because I love good food, I just didn’t have good money.

I read anything and everything I could about saving money on groceries, how to cook foods, and how to cook specific restaurant food that I liked. There are a ton of options out there for free things. But I found that even though they were close to the restaurant food the quality wasn’t the same.

So what was the final answer? If at first you don’t succeed try and try again. I had the right ingredients, and the right recipe’s, I didn’t have the right cook. I was the problem, and maybe you’re the problem in your kitchen. If you’re reading this than its most likely that you also are having similar results. But just keep trying; keep cooking because you will get better.

After years of practice, trial and error, not only am I able to cook food way better than before. I also have created my own recipes for things. I also no longer truly follow recipes I’ve grown to be able to eat something and figure out how to make it for myself. I will still look at a recipe but it’s more to get a reference point to start at rather than to follow it. The corny thing to say is that if I did it so can you, the reason we hear that over and over again is because of how true it is. I have had no training on cooking all I’ve learned is from watching TV and trial and error. At first, it was terrible I wasted a lot of good food but it was all worth it so that I could eventually make incredible dishes in minutes that taste not only as good, but better than the restaurants we go to.


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    • peachpurple profile image


      3 years ago from Home Sweet Home

      i started to cook because my mom in law shifted out. It was hard to start from scratch

    • Tjphilz5 profile imageAUTHOR

      Tyler Philbrook 

      3 years ago

      Thank you, I've actually started writing down my recipes that I come up with and take pictures of the finished products in order to show what I'm writing about. I plan on writing many more articles on food and how to make many more dishes.

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      Linda Lum 

      3 years ago from Washington State, USA

      Tyler - Welcome to Hub Pages. I too am here because I love to write, and (just as in cooking) the more of it you do, the better you will become. Most of my hubs are, in fact, food related. I love to cook--not just out of necessity, or because it is cheaper, but because I honestly love to do it. I look forward to reading more from you.


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