Wednesday, February 21, 2018
I was watching Worst Cooks in America, for those who have avoided this bit of torture, it is a reality television game show that starts with selecting the least talented and most neurotic home cooks, and tries to teach them how to cook. The results of teaching people how to cook are somewhat remarkable, you can teach old dogs new skills. The starting point for people who can't cook astounds me at how little they know and how afraid they are of the kitchen.
My grandmother (who was not a great cook) instilled in me the importance of understanding ingredients and basic technique. I took it from there, learning how to handle a knife, I can mince, dice, chop, slice, julienne and chiffonde. I know the difference between braising, broiling, frying, roasting and baking. I have a basic understanding of a wide array of ingredients, I am willing to experiment with new foods, new preparations. I view recipes as a starting point, not a chemistry formula. I won't say I am a great cook, but I am not the worst.
What Worst Cooks leaves out of the show is the basic cooking boot camp that they work through. They don't show the instruction in the basics, that so many people really need. I miss Cooking with Julia and The French Chief.
Do you like to cook?