You Don't Always Need a Recipehttp://www.bonappetit.com/test-kitchen/cooking-tips/article/fall-soup-ideas
We routinely teach Peo how to cook food without needing a recipe as a 100% literal source to follow. Sometimes we cook from recipes and adjust ingredients to satisfy our dietary needs, our ingredients on hand, or just for taste preferences. Sometimes we just throw things in a pot and cook and then eat it.
Being a slave to recipes means you won't enjoy cooking because you'll stress out when you can't find the right ingredient or if something turns out differently. You'll also keep finding recipes that turn you off because nobody else is writing for you
and your specific desires. I mean come on, so many of the recipes you can Google are trumped-up foodie nonsense with ingredients you'll have to work to find in your regular grocery store, are overpriced, and (if you're fussy like me) may not even taste that great.
Free yourself. Learn the basics from articles like the one below, from +Hilah Johnson
's book (http://hilahcooking.com/learn-to-cook-book/
), and from watching shows like Good Eats by +Alton Brown
(if you can find it). These sources tell you what ingredients are for, how swapping them out changes things, and empower you to feed yourself without always relying on someone else's recipe, someone else's pre-made box, someone else's tastes, someone else's foodie trends.
Better yet: if you do know how to cook, share these sources with a friend or relative. Teach your kids. You don't need a recipe book (and honestly every time I see a kids' recipe book I'm disappointed because it's just sweetened-up, mini versions of regular recipes anyway). You do need time and patience - which are in short supply for me personally at the moment since I also have a toddler - but we strongly advise folks follow the rule Corran and I agreed on when we were first married: no child leaves our household without knowing how the basics of cooking with or without a recipe. #cooking #empowerment #food