Learning how to cook is an exciting, sometimes-scary thing. It's a rite of passage, a stepping stone to self-sufficiency. Soup is not just soup anymore, but a magic amalgam of vegetables, meat, spices, broth, and heat that you made yourself. Huzzah, bright new world! — where the pizza isn't takeout, and the chicken is oven-roasted, not store-bought.
Like anyone learning a new skill, those first cooking attempts are full of mistakes, doubt, and do-overs. It can be a frustrating experience, especially when more experienced cooks hover about trying to "help" out. If you really want to support and encourage a new cook, here are three things you should never say to them —and what you could say instead.