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LOUNMOUN Posts: 1,334
2/8/14 11:56 A

When I was looking for a cookbook gift for a beginner cook I liked the look of How to Cook Everything: Simple Recipes for Great Food by Mark Bittman.

I think soup is very forgiving for a beginner cook. A lot of times you just need to dump things in a pot and can walk away while it cooks. You might also like slow cooker recipes.

If you want something that cooks fast you could try focusing on stir fry, pasta, eggs or grilling recipes.

KENDILYNN SparkPoints: (22,924)
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2/8/14 9:43 A

A good basic cookbook is a must for new cooks (mine is Better Homes And Gardens). In addition to recipes, it includes and index of cooking times/temps for different cuts of meat, definitions of cooking methods (baking v. broiling v. braising, etc), measurement tables, and even a picture index of different fruits, veggies, beans etc if you don't know them by sight. I get a lot of my recipes from Pinterest these days, but I still refer to that one cookbook time and again.

NIRERIN Posts: 14,249
2/8/14 8:12 A

If you are really starting from square one I would recommend the starving students cookbooks. They are designed for people who do not know a pot from a pan and do not have full use of a kitchen to use either in. Once you master the basics then head to your local library to check out cookbooks that look good and to see if they fit with your lifestyle.

LAWLI56 Posts: 1,524
2/8/14 7:58 A

I learnt to cook as a child but relearnt how to cook healthier vegetarian, low salt, fat and sugar recipes about 20 years ago. Then in the last 10 years with my increasing disability I've relearnt again how to use minimal effort to produce most of the dishes I used to make on the stove top in a slow cooker and with various other non conventional gadgets which don't need my constant attention.

I rarely ever use my stovetop and I cook in family size batches and freeze individual meals once a month. I've got a vegetable tagine on the go right now which I'm looking forward to for dinner. I love my slow cooker and don't know why more people don't use them.

Learning to cook is a life-long process which changes depending on your changing needs.

Edited by: LAWLI56 at: 2/8/2014 (08:34)
KELLYFIT123 Posts: 1,312
2/8/14 7:44 A

If you want to learn how to cook, I recommend the cookbooks How to Cook Everything by Mark Bittman and Cook's Illustrated. Both give clear direction, (usually) simple recipes, and provide explanation. However, there's something to be said for just TRYING something.

A crockpot is a great way to begin, but you miss out on sautéing and seeing things transform magically before your eyes.

Good luck!

BETTERME8913 SparkPoints: (5,341)
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2/8/14 1:12 A

Hi! emoticon I'm learning to cook too at age 42, because everything I cooked before, put on weight. Have to put aside all I knew and start over. I too do alot of cooking in a crockpot. I highly recommend a book called Fix It and Forget It Lightly by Phyllis Pellman Good. She has sold over a 11 million cook books. These recipes, I credit to my weight loss. They are tasty, filling and low cal. She shows serving sizes, I measure them out and freeze them and thaw a day before and have for lunch. The recipes turn out right and are mostly some lean meat with lots of seasoned veggies in them. Tastes good. Best of luck, you can learn to cook foods that will help with weight loss and taste good. Sorry to be so long winded. Message me anytime, we can find how to cook better together. emoticon

SLIMMERKIWI SparkPoints: (247,120)
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2/8/14 12:57 A

Probably one of the best things you could do to start with is to invest in a slow cooker (crock-pot) and start off by making casseroles and soups. They don't take any effort, and you really basically just chuck everything in.

Below are some links you might be interested in, but please DO pay attention to the Nutrition Info because some are less healthy than others:

I hope that you find them helpful.

MANDIETERRIER1 Posts: 17,459
2/7/14 8:31 P

Cook salmon in a the oven 400 degrees for fifteen minutes, slice and roast yellow squash in the same oven.

MANDIETERRIER1 Posts: 17,459
2/7/14 8:30 P

I take fresh spinach, cherry tomatoes and garlic and sauté them in a pan. When the spinach is wilted, put it on spaghetti. Sprinkle with mozzarella cheese. Delicious.

I don't like to cook either, but I must or go hungry.

KANDMWILSON2000 SparkPoints: (1,077)
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2/7/14 7:04 P

I need to learn how to cook! If I am going to take charge of my health and try and cut out a lot of processed food, I need to learn how to cook. I really don't like to cook because I am so impatient with everything. Besides SP are there any blogs, books, sights that you recommend for a beginner with easy and not with a lot of complicated ingredients.

Thank you

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