The summer of 2017 had me itching to learn how to cook properly. The interest was first born in the fall of 2016 out of a desire to diet with food prep for a week to help myself and a close friend of mine with fitness goals. With this friend I first found the keto diet. We bought a couple of cookbooks, did some reading on diet and exercise, dove into it for about a month and then it got dropped as life wound it’s way ever onward.
I can’t speak for her, but part of my reason for abandoning the plan was trying to do all the home prep. I have a general idea of how to prepare food for human consumption. However, trying to cook, actually follow complex recipes with techniques and methods to yield specific results, was beyond me. When a 30 minute recipe took me two hours to prepare, cook, and serve, it was frustrating. When that resulting dish looked as sad and strained as I felt, discouragement gradually crept in. Repeating this same event a few nights a week for a month had me back to eating fast food and pan frying everything. Enter hiatus. Start it up again a couple months later.
This pattern played itself out on and off from that fall of 2016 to summer 2017. My perspective on cooking changed, that summer, when I ran into The Four Hour Chef by Tim Ferriss. It was the cookbook for me and the first book of Ferriss’ I had the pleasure to read. It was the introduction to cooking like a professional that I didn’t know I needed. Since then, I’ve done a lot of reading on the lives and practices of professional chefs and now I’m ready to start down the road of learning to cook again.
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