First Cookbook

Sup anons. This is the first time I'm living alone and need to prepare my own food. I've followed some recipes online for the past few weeks but I want to actually "learn" cooking. Out of these books, which one should I start with:
>How to cook everything
>the joy of cooking
>the flavor bible
>on food and cooking
>escoffier
People were saying TJOC's new editions are kind of shit but I'm not sure.

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  1. 2 weeks ago
    Anonymous

    so just get an old edition...? are zoomers really this fricking mentally challenged that they cant imagine buying a used book holy shit how about getting nothing and starving to death and saving the world from dealing with your fricking stupidity

    • 2 weeks ago
      Anonymous

      I'm trying to figure out which one to pirate and was hoping someone could elaborate on the changes rather than just "they removed squirrel"

      • 2 weeks ago
        Anonymous

        https://letmegooglethat.com/?q=differences+between+joy+of+cooking+versions

  2. 2 weeks ago
    Anonymous

    Just do what Chef John tells you

  3. 2 weeks ago
    Anonymous
    • 2 weeks ago
      Anonymous

      People say this is a meme book.

      • 2 weeks ago
        Anonymous

        How? Do you want to learn how to cook or do you want recipes you can Google in 10 seconds?

      • 2 weeks ago
        Anonymous

        people on this site claim they're edgy but really they hate anything unconventional. it's great, and the show that goes with it on netflix is great too. its true that it's beloved by a certain type of very annoying reddit cook but that doesn't mean it's bad

  4. 2 weeks ago
    Anonymous

    Don’t buy books. A book can have hundreds of recipes. It’s unlikely that the author has cooked all the dishes. Most of it is going to be trash.

    And don’t focus on recipes. Learn techniques through recipes. Watch YouTube for techniques. Pick up a French book from the old masters if you want to learn the vocabulary.

    I would start with whatever you want to eat and type into YouTube. It helps if you have money, a stocked pantry is likely thousands of dollars deep.

    • 2 weeks ago
      Anonymous

      >Don't buy books. Watch YouTube
      literally cant even parody gen z anymore than they parody themselves

      • 2 weeks ago
        Anonymous

        new tools make old ones obsolete. get over it.

      • 2 weeks ago
        Anonymous

        >not the heckin zoomers!!!

  5. 2 weeks ago
    Anonymous

    This Betty Crocker was my first, my mom gave it to me when I got my first apartment.
    It comes across as a bit weird but it's solid.

  6. 2 weeks ago
    Anonymous

    just keep following recipes and eventually you'll start learning things intuitively. you'll notice you're using certain techniques across different recipes, you'll get comfortable with heat & seasoning by practice, you'll make mistakes and learn from them, and pretty quickly you should be able to see how recipes are structured and can start modifying them to your taste, and then eventually not needing them at all. but it's just about practice & repetition. if you run into things you're unsure of, do a google search and find discussions on it. I think you'll learn more this way than by just reading a bunch of theory. that can be good, but it's hard to put into practical use. instead learn as you go.
    watch videos too if you're a visual learner, you can pick up a lot by seeing the dish actually being put together, and sometimes the chef will go into more depth than if you were just following a recipe. I know he's a meme but Marco Pierre White's homecoming videos are honestly really good for beginners. he explains fundamental techniques in a really accessible way.

  7. 2 weeks ago
    Anonymous

    I feel like the grand master chefs of the world would tell you not to read anything and just get in the kitchen and frick around.

    • 2 weeks ago
      Anonymous

      Ah, no
      First they'd make you scrub the floors on your hands and knees for a year then you get to do all of the dishes for another year, and if you don't quit by then they have you washing and organizing the stores for your third year
      Then you get "promoted" to peeling vegetables all day and if you manage not to cut yourself and bleed all over everything and keep the peels properly sorted for the guy whose sole job is to take leftover bits from around the kitchen to make stocks with maybe, maybe, you'll get "promoted" to the guy whose sole job is to chop all the vegetables into the right shapes because uniform shapes are fricking important maybe you'll get to start helping with prep
      See a pattern?
      At any time any frickups can absolutely bust you down to dishy or floor-scrubber for another year before they let you even think about touching vegetables again

      • 2 weeks ago
        Anonymous

        >implying the best chefs do it as a job
        bless your cotton soul

    • 2 weeks ago
      Anonymous

      I'm learning a little bit but all I'm doing is following directions.

      • 2 weeks ago
        Anonymous

        yeh bro just get in there and make the kitchen yours. Don't start reading books until you see them as suggestions rather than orders.

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