If you can’t cook, what do you do? Buy a book or just learn via trial and error? I’m currently traveling up north for my birthday and New Years and made a pit stop at the mall to check out some of the after Christmas sales. Considering the traffic, we vetoed the idea and headed to Barnes and Noble.
This particular location in Santa Clara has 3 aisles of varying cookbooks however I couldn’t find a single book that just had an odd assortment of recipes. Everything was catered to a specific need – cupcakes, cookies, international cooking, grilling, slow cookers, etc. I even a spotted dummies version of how to cook that included a diagram of a kitchen and how to walk through it. I may not know how to cook but I can navigate in my kitchen. Clearly, that one wasn’t for me and there wasn’t really a beginner’s guidebook. I also noticed that most cookbooks cater to family needs (each recipes makes 6-8 servings), what about something for a solo cook who has no family to feed but just herself?
After an hour, I finally settled on a vegetarian cookbook even though I occasionally eat meat. Why vegetarian? Because I need more veggies in my diet regardless of me being a vegetarian for most of my life I never really ate any “veggies.” Don’t ask me how that works. According to Amazon, it’s got 4 1/2 stars so I’m looking forward to all it has to offer.
At home I have books signed by Giada De Laurentiis and Bobby Flay that I will be adding to the mix. I figured if I’ve bought them, I might as well put them to use vs having them sit on the shelf. I may not have an apron or any fancy cooking supplies but the books are a step in the right direction. Now let’s see if I can follow instructions and create a meal that’s edible. 🙂