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    Is Cooking a skill or just following directions?

    Is cooking a skill or just following directions?

    People tell me I'm a good cook, but all I'm really doing is following a recipe or directions. Is it making the recipes where the skill comes in?

    By the way, I know a lot of you on PSU are men, so do we have any mean men cooks or chefs on this forum?

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    I think its a little bit of both lol. It's more of a hobby i got into. I'm good with chicken and pastas. I don't think I'm good but I've been told many times I cook well.

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    Its simple. Cooking with a book is following directions. Cooking without the book is a skill.
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    It starts out from a book or learning from someone else..however it fast becomes a skill as you add your own unique spin on recipes. Which is what I tend to do when I cook.
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    Quote Originally Posted by zzKurozz View Post
    I think its a little bit of both lol. It's more of a hobby i got into. I'm good with chicken and pastas. I don't think I'm good but I've been told many times I cook well.
    Mmmm . . . Do you happen to have any pictures of anything you've cooked? Yummy.

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    Yes, cooking is a skill. Although, like anything else; there are varying degrees.

    I've recently become a big fan of home cooking, trying lots of different recipes etc. An interesting combination of stress and enjoyment, Lol.

    Here's a little soup I made last year, really easy - but went down amazingly well. Cook good food and people are amazed, regardless of you knowing how easy it was.

    http://www.bbcgoodfood.com/recipes/2...nd-lentil-soup

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    Quote Originally Posted by The Black Wolf View Post
    Mmmm . . . Do you happen to have any pictures of anything you've cooked? Yummy.
    I took one on my phone. heres a pic

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    It comes down to how many risk and things ur will to try when cooking. I can follow directions and food comes out good but its when people add thing and try new ways that u get a difference

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    It depends on what you are cooking. If you follow steps no, its not a skill

    But you try something different and unique and then yes its a skill
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    I can say I have a unique skill of experimenting with BBQ sauce. I try all types of ingredients, mix them up and see if it's good. Some work, some don't. They mostly work, mostly.


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    I make bomb ass ground beef lol I throw mayo while cooking and a couple types of seasoning as well

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    I can make homemade chips and that is the max cook skill for me
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    Quote Originally Posted by claud3 View Post
    I can make homemade chips and that is the max cook skill for me
    That sounds good! Lol

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    I like the way cup system Amerca uses its so much esier than measuring ut 250g of flour 100g sugar and so on.

    i like making an omelette with a pot noodle poured over it, then fold it over. mmmm.

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    World class chefs are only notable because they are the worlds best direction followers.



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    I love homemade chips, me and my mum have a funny fight over who makes the greatest homemade chips
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    I think cooking is a art, we have need skill for that.

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    Depends on what you are cooking, I doubt even with good instruction most people can cook like this:



    The puff pastry, the piping on the potato cases and the carve pattern is incredible and takes training, skill and practice.

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    It is a skill is to be able to follow directions. This is why a lot of people read the books and only a few can actually cook.


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    I think knowing what to put in stuff as per directions isn't a skill. Knowing WHY you should use certain ingredients is skill.
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