For someone who loves food as much as I do, it’s natural to have a certain obsession with cook books…
My approach to cooking has changed a lot over the years; not to mention what I like to cook. Some things never change, though. I love to bake, even now that I’m learning to bake without sugar, cream, white flour, and all that fun stuff I used to rely on. I make a mean lasagna (kudos to dad for teaching me). I’ve never been able to cook a steak, despite of my mother’s best efforts to teach me.
No matter where I’ve been in the world and no matter what kind of kitchen (or lack thereof) I’ve had to work with, trying out a new recipe that looks absolutely ah-mazing has never failed to get me jumping up and down like a little kid. And my main point here is that I love trying a new recipe.
How often when you eat something delicious and ask for the recipe do people answer, ”Oh this? It’s just something I threw together…” They wear it almost like a badge. Look how creative I can be in the kitchen! What recipe? I don’t need a recipe cause I’m *just that good*.
Umm… okay well, that was like 0% helpful…
The things I ”just throw together” in the kitchen are usually some week-night dinner version of a recipe I followed once upon a time. Yeah, it often comes out delicious and I love the fun in free-style cooking. But what gets me really excited is a brand new recipe to conquer. You never know how it’s gonna turn out! If it’s going to look and taste as good as in the recipe! Who doesn’t like competing with Jamie Oliver?? Oooh, I just love a good challenge 🙂 (even if he doesn’t know I totally won that one time with the asparagus+chicken risotto).
Here’s why it’s awesome to shamelessly declare where you found the recipe:
- Admitting you followed a recipe does not make you any less of a cook!
It only shows you actually made an effort and that you’re remotely interested in cooking. The meal will speak for itself – if people like it, they don’t care if you came up with it or found it in a cookbook. They care about how the food tastes, and that YOU cared enough to cook a meal for them in the first place 😉
- You still get credit for it.
If you hand over a recipe and a friend tries it out a week later, they’re not likely to call up foodnetwork.com or Nigella Lawson and say, ”Hey dude, great recipe! Owe you one.” They will however text YOU and say, ”Thanks for the recipe! It turned out great! You are awesome, my friend.”
- Spread the love, yo.
Fact: the world will be a better, healthier place if more people started cooking for themselves. The alternative is eating processed, pre-packaged food which, let’s face it, is slowly killing us. If I try out a recipe, share it with two friends, and those two friends each share it with two of their friends… you see where I’m going with this? So make good food – make real food – and spread the love.
Want to see which recipes I’m currently dying to try out?
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