How can i will improve my cooking skill

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  1. raihan farhad

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    Anybody help me plz how can i will improve my cooking skill  ??
     
  2. brianshaw

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    Read, practice, and eat a lot. One of the secrets to cooking skill improvement.
     
  3. raihan farhad

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    thanks 
     
  4. zossolifer

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    Taste while you cook.
    A great way to get into this habit is to start simple.
    For example Mashed Potatos.
    Once you have a good mash, add a small amount of salt, stir, and taste. Continue until desired saltiness is attained.
    Very simple, but its a good practice and can be done with more and more ingredients as you get into it.
    Hope that helped!
     
  5. mike9

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    Tasting, tasting, tasting - technique will come with practice, but if it doesn't taste good all the technique in the world won't help.  Remember - in order to make delicious food you must eat delicious food.  

    Youtube and websites are great places to get information too not to mention public television like the Create channel.    
     
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  6. koukouvagia

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    This can't be stressed enough! If your palette is limited then so will be your food. Well said!

    I'm one who learned by first watching great shows that inspired me like Sarah Moulton, Molto Mario, the Frugal Gourmet and Jamie Oliver. To see someone else all about food so passionately made me want to do it too.

    And start small and work your way up. Always cook for other people. Get feedback from them and cook with others too. It can be fun and a great experience.
     
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  7. mike9

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    I can't take credit for that - the quote is by the great sushi chef Jiro Ono.

    I grew up watching Graham Kerr, then Julia, Justin Wilson, Jacques, Yan and that was way before cable TV.
     
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  8. chicagoterry

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    Try new things all the time, especially when you have the opportunity to eat out. I especially owe my cooking skills to a passion for ethnic restaurants and markets. I've learned so much about flavors and techniques from eating at little mom & pop ethnic joints and reading ethnic cookbooks, then making an effort to replicate those flavors at home.

    Shop at farmers' markets, fruit markets, ethnic markets for the best produce, herbs and spices, and, often, the best meats and fish. They will inspire you and spark your curiosity. I am happiest in a market where I am surrounded by piles of unfamiliar fruits & vegetables and people speaking languages I don't understand. 

    Above all, be curious!
     
  9. canele

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    ^^^ first lesson learned..... ask questions. :)

    ^^^ second lesson learned..... you can always learn something from everyone :)

    Write everything down when you make something... add notes, tweaks, what you did right and wrong.

    improving can only come from practicing. Watch all that you can, read all that you can, ask as many questions as you can.... and then practice.  Cook for yourself, cook for others, cook just to cook.

    and as said above.... taste taste taste. Buy about 3 dozen tea spoons and keep tasting.......
     
  10. mike9

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    Terry makes a great point.  Back in Detroit in the 70's I lived near Greektown and frequented a little place called "The International" that had an amazing menu.  I got to know the owner and crew and they taught me some things about their cuisine and culture.  Gus didn't have octopus, but the Hellas did and I got a taste for that too.  Moving to New York was a huge leap forward as well especially for Chinese, Vietnamese and Italian cuisines.  It was only 1980, but things were happening.  It doesn't have to be fancy either - there is an art to making a great egg cream and anyone who'd ever had Ratners cabbage soup, or a Yonah Shimmel knish will tell you they are special.  It sounds cliche these days, but it is a journey and one you share with your family and friends through your cooking.
     
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    Mike9!

    Greektown! Hellas! I remember trying to make saganaki after eating it at Hella's for the very first time...probably 1979 or 1980! I almost burned the house down. Learned my love of Middle Eastern food in the Detroit area, too.
     
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    I left in 1980 for New York (part of the Artist Exodus) Detroit was a great "FOOD" town - Greektown, Hamtramk, Dearborn, Detroit style pizza at Buddy's or Shield's, The Turtle Soup Inn.  If you wanted a fancy umbrella drink you went to Trader Vic's, or to the Lafayette for some conies before last call.
     
  13. cerise

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    Practice, practice, practice, and keep a First Aide Kit on hand. ;-)

    Cookbooks (Joy of Cooking etc.) & TV shows are good/entertaining.  Hands-on is better.  Look in your local paper for food events & local classes that interest you.  Cooking with others with like interests and having an instructor to guide you is a plus.  Taking a cooking class with a SO seems to be popular right now.

    Having the right tools are helpful.  Buy within your budget. Over the years, I accumulated gadgets that sat on a shelf.  Donated them to the Goodwill.

    Many times I cooked out of necessity.  Take time to learn/try something new.  Learn from mistakes. Most of all, have fun in the kitchen.
     
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    Yup - Bacitracin, brown paper and electrical tape is my go to job site/shop first aid kit.  The new 3M Nexcare waterproof bandaids are great though not to mention more aesthetic.  
     
  15. ben oliver

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    Get in the kitchen and start cooking! You can only learn so much from reading. Trial and error is the best method for not only cooking but any skill to learn. Enjoy