Take Your Cooking to School
“You’ll never know everything about anything,
especially something you love.” ― Julia Child
Learning something new, or striving to learn something new everyday keeps us young. It keeps our minds nimble and our hearts strong. This quote, by Julia Child gets to the heart of my passion.
The kitchen to me is a continual exploration of an art form that is both creative and endless, as all good art forms are. It is my belief that in order to learn to master this realm a certain amount of guile, tenacity and creativity will get you far, but nothing will get you further than having someone show you the way.
Lately there has been discussion about self-led learning, providing a safe environment for learning to take place, and I believe that while this may work, given the right setting, material and time for some things, it won’t help you bake a soufflé.
If you’re really interested in conquering the art of fine cooking, or baking, or just the basics of modern culinary expression, get some books, find a friend with kitchen talent, cook together or better yet take a class.
Find a master, and study. This doesn’t mean a two year internship at some fine dining Mecca, or tens-of-thousands of dollars to a culinary institute. It can be one class, a short series of classes or a weekend getaway. Whether you’re trying to eat healthier, cook more often at home for your family, or just want to explore a passion that has kindled, nothing beats a good teacher.
Immerse yourself in nothing but cooking with someone who knows the way and you’ll soon find yourself teaching somebody else, which is always the best way to learn anything – and putting smiles on a lot of hungry faces.
Louise Hasson is owner and lead chef of Bon Vivant School of Cooking. Seattle’s premier cooking school for beginning and experienced chefs. At Bon Vivant Louise and her team of chefs strive to teach culinary creativity, not just recipes, in a relaxed home environment. Visit Bon Vivant on Facebook and get more recipes on her Blog.
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