Discovering the Joy of Cooking
Some people hate cooking and everything that is involved in the process. This is often due to unsuccessful cooking experiences that resulted with less than tasty meals and messy kitchens. With a little planning and foresight you can soon discover the joy of cooking. You might soon find that cooking is actually enjoyable and that you are getting pretty good at it.
Learning New Things
If you have never really cooked before it might be a good idea to take a cooking class. Find one that suits your skill level and you interests, whether it's a cuisine you've always wanted to try or a specific method of cooking that has always escaped you. Learning to cook in a class environment is fun as there will be lots of other people who are eager to learn just like you. Having a class makes it more fun than learning to cook on your own. Trying each others dishes and learning from each others' mistakes only adds to the joy of cooking.
Learning how to prepare a new type of cuisine is also a great way to develop a love for cooking. If you like travel and exploring think of cooking as a way to discover places, you will find yourself learning about new tastes, flavors and textures very quickly. Learning to cook an ethnic food is also a great way to learn about another culture as food is always tied closely to culture, the excitement of learning will soon translate into the joy of cooking.
Involve people in the cooking process, cooking is often no fun when you have to do it alone. Have someone prepare the ingredients and another read out the recipe. Friends and family in a kitchen will soon start talking and gossiping and it only adds to the joy of cooking when you have your loved ones near. It is only lately that cooking has become a solitary affair, cooking has long been a way to establish community and foster relationships.
It's a great way to bond with kids, even if the food doesn't come out as you wanted the memory of the time together will always be with you. Most importantly don't take it too seriously, it should be fun, that's the joy of cooking. Cooking doesn't always have to be an art, choose simple recipes with easy to cook ingredients. Simple flavors when cooked well often stand out better than lots of different complex ones.