September 21

I want to learn to cook (or become a better cook) — where do I start?

Healthy Eating


I want to learn to cook (or become a better cook) — where do I start?

That is a question I am asked over and over.  The person is usually looking for a list or schedule of skills they should learn with a start and an end.  However, cooking is not like that.

Cooking is made up of ingredients and techniques.  When you put those together you get a recipe or finished product.


What does it taste like?  What preparation does it need — peeling, chopping, mincing, etc.?  What flavor is is — sweet, salty, bitter, sour, fatty?  What does it pair with?  How is it cooked — steamed, sauteed, roasted, bloomed (for spices)?


How do I chop, mince, slice?  What is the different between steaming and boiling?  What is the proper way to saute to maximize flavor?  Why should I bloom my spices?  When should I deglaze?

All of these things work together and there is no right or wrong place to start.  You need to just START!  You will be surprised at what you do know and will learn a lot more by going through the process.  The more you practice the better you will become.  That first onion you chopped probably looked like something exploded on your cutting board, but by the 20th it looks professional (or at least better than the first!).

With all the resources out there — cooking shows, YouTube videos, magazines and cooking classes (like those at Mrs. Dornberg’s), you have a wide exposure to the information and instruction you need.  It is up to you to put it to use and GET COOKING!!

I especially LOVE our hands-on classes.  Since you don’t know what you don’t know, they allow us to teach you “what you need to know when you need to know it!”  No matter what level of cook you are, I am sure you will pick up at least one or two helpful tips or techniques.  Check out our latest schedule and join us in the kitchen!   A Great Basic Cooking class that gives you all the tools you need to get started in the kitchen!

See you in the kitchen!

Mrs. Dornberg

Mrs. Dornberg

About the author

Cheryl Dornberg, NBC-HWC, is a national board-certified health & wellness coach and culinary nutrition expert who is passionate about using the power of food to achieve optimal health and increase longevity. She specializes in motivating and empowering individuals to create sustainable & consistent dietary and lifestyle habits that support the management and prevention of chronic health conditions, increase longevity, and improve overall quality of life.


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