Cooking More at Home Is About Developing Systems, Not Memorizing Recipes
The recipe community makes it seem like one-and-done type meals are the pinnacle of
Say you want to cook a typical, single-meal recipe you found for dinner. Think about that process for minute. You have to decide on the recipe, stop at the store on your way home from work, pick out all the
Sure, meal-kit services like Blue Apron and Hello Fresh can ease some of that pressure. But, as Tom Philpott at Mother Jones points out , this still keeps you on the "one-dinner-at-a-time treadmill." This time consuming process turns a lot of would-be cooks off, sending them straight for the take-out menus.
Instead of trying to work your way through cookbook after cookbook, develop a system for making a few of your favorite dishes with as little wasted effort as possible. If you can find a way to make a week's worth of different dinners out of the same four or five ingredients, you're on the right track. Not only do you save time and money doing this, you make cooking a habit and get better at it through repetition. After all, if you only do something once, you're not really learning it.
Then, once you've got a good