What Is the Best Way To: Learn How To Cook?

All month we've been soliciting your advice on the best ways to do a few common tasks in the kitchen. From cooking a turkey to softening butter, and from cleaning granite countertops to shopping for new appliances, you've offered the best of your own household intelligence! Now, at the end of the month, we turn to one last question, and it's a bit larger and more philosophical: What is the best way to learn how to cook?

This weblog draws readers from all walks of life and levels of experience in the kitchen. We get a lot of questions from very new cooks, and we always want to be an encouragement and help to those just starting out! So we are curious about your own narratives and experiences from when you were just getting started as a cook. What is the best way to learn how to cook, and what are some things a new cook can do to develop the essential skills, tools, and experience needed to be a great cook?

Previous Best Ways To...
Dispose of Kitchen Grease?
Grate Ginger
Shop for a New Appliance
Clean Stainless Steel
Keep the Smoke Alarms Off?
Cook a Turkey
Clean the Refrigerator
Break an Egg
Cook Rice
Soften Butter
Cook Salmon Filets
Wash Dishes
Cook a Steak
Make Pot Roast
Clean Granite Countertops?
Fry an Egg
Make Coffee at Home
Cook a Chicken

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