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What is the art of cooking?

Updated on December 17, 2008


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The art of cooking, well perhaps this is one reason that too many people do not cook, beyond tossing something prepackaged into a microwave, they think cooking requires great skill. Well basic meal preparation does not. It is very simple and once you have got the basics down and understand them you can expand your skill and try more complicated dishes.


Cooking can be art, though, do not get me wrong. Even the simplest meal involves transforming a substance from one form to another; art is not essentially difficult but more about communication and dialogue and what better way to strike up a conversation than during the preparation, consumption and cleaning up of a meal.


I have been cooking meals for many years and had two grandmothers who each contributed to my enjoyment of this essential skill. There is no question, cooking is indeed a skill but that is actually a matter of degrees. There is a major difference between a chef and a short order cook, in both training and the types of meals they prepare but do sell the short order cook, short. They can whip up a great cheeseburger and a side of firs that you will deeply enjoy.


A clubhouse sandwich, eggs and bacon, chili, stews and soups all rest within the domain of the short order cook and are all part of our every day foods.


If you are interested in vegetarian fare, stir fries and rice are very quick and easy to produce and you can enhance the meal by using vegetables that are in season.


I have often considered that attitude played a large role in our ability to cook but then again I think that attitude has a great deal to do with all that we do.


Art is about process and technique, yes, it is more than that but without process and technique not much happens. Cooking is also about process and technique. If you want to be an artist you can go to school; you can also go to school and study cooking.


Or, you can acquire the needed materials, get a good book, or read a few hubs and develop yoru own talents.


To cook food you need utensils, at least one pot, one fry pan or wok, a stiring spoon, ladle and a stove or hot plate. You need plates, bowls, knives, forks and spoons to consume the meal, naturally.


Get the best equipment you can afford. If you are not a cook but want to learn, follow a recipe. You can buy cookbooks but when you are beginning I suggest using the Internet to find the recipes for foods you know you like and follow them. Hubpages is a great place for recipes. Print them out and keep the one you are using close by as you prepare the meal.


First read the recipe. Do you have the proper tools (pot, pan etc)? Do you have the ingredients? Can you readily get them?  Don’t forget a measuring cup.


Once you have what you need assembled and handy, follow the recipe step by step do not deviate. You can experiment after you are able to make the dish without reading the recipe.


You will gradually find new recipes and alternative ways to prepare older ones. If you do the work and get yoru hands dirty, so to speak, you too can cook.


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    Bob Ewing 8 years ago from New Brunswick

    Thanks Journey,hubpages is most useful for many things.

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    Nyesha Pagnou MPH 8 years ago from USA

    Dear Bob, this is a nice hub. I agree that hubpages is a nice place to find recipes. I enjoy writing my recipes on hubpages.

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    Bob Ewing 8 years ago from New Brunswick

    Thank you.

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    Pankaj Pathak 8 years ago from Delhi

    You have explained The Art of Cooking is a unique style. I am your fan.

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    Bob Ewing 8 years ago from New Brunswick

    Thanks for the comment Dottie; it is always encouraging to now someone has tried your recipes and enjoyed them.

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    Dottie1 8 years ago from MA, USA

    I totally agree that Hubpages is a great place for recipes. Trying new recipes every week makes cooking and being in the kitchen more enjoyable. I'm now filling my 2nd folder with hubpage recipes. As you know Bob, some of your recipes are in there too. ;)

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    Bob Ewing 8 years ago from New Brunswick

    We learn by doing and enjoying what we do makes learning easier.

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    VioletSun 8 years ago from Oregon/ Name: Marie

    I love to cook, and usually what I make comes out good, but wish I knew more; reason why I enjoy recipes, tips, etc so I can learn more. I tried your Shepperds Pie and the taste was very good, but the mash potatoe topping came out too watery- guess, I have to make the mash potatoes thicker the next time.

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    Bob Ewing 8 years ago from New Brunswick

    "I replied - "trust me - not everyone", lol." exactly the point, each step is vital and recipes enable us to take each one until we know the procedures by heart. Thanks fot he comment.

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    Katherine Baldwin 8 years ago from South Carolina

    Great Hub, Bob and so true. Anyone can learn to cook even the most basic dishes. There are lots of recipes on the internet that can help even the most inexperienced person learn to cook. I worked with a young women whose young son loved chicken and one day she asked me how to cook chicken, complaining that, when she cooked chicken, it was always overdone. I asked her how she cooked it and she replied that she baked it on 400 degrees for an hour! I asked her why she did that and she replied that she had heard that chicken needed to be thoroughly cooked to prevent salmonella!!! Now, I know this woman's mother and she is an excellent cook, so I couldn't figure out how this had happened. She explained that she didn't do well reading a recipe, but she could follow a video. Scary, particularly since she is our company's CPA, lol. Well I told her how to cook the chicken so it wasn't a hockey puck and all ended well.

    That was the inspiration for my meatloaf video (she requested that I make it for her). Believe me, it took me awhile to write the steps down. My husband kept saying "honey, you don't have to include that - everyone knows that step". I replied - "trust me - not everyone", lol.


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    Bob Ewing 8 years ago from New Brunswick

    While I agree that understanidn why each part of the act is important, it is not necessary to do so when you first make a meal. Even if you do not know why a particular spice is added in a given amount you can still make a tasty dish as long as you add it. The understaning comes with time and getting to know what you are doing.

    On another note ornamental can be essential.

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    Aya Katz 8 years ago from The Ozarks

    Bob Ewing, great hub. I agree that not all cooking has to be art to be effective. However, in order to properly follow a recipe, it helps to know why each step is there. When people are new to cooking, and they follow the letter and not the spirit of the recipe, there can be some comical mistakes. In all forms of imitation, you need to understand which part of the act is essential and which is just ornamental.