Learn how to cook for beginners – Simple dishes

Learn how to cook

Learning to cook will help you understand world cultures, customs and flavors. You will also learn life skills like eating healthy, budgeting your money, and cleaning up after yourself. Save some cash. … Spending money on prepackaged meals gets too expensive for a young person and families on a budget. I want to share some simple dishes along with Traditional South African dishes with you.

There are a lot of things that people have in common, one of those is the need of food.

We all need to nourish our bodies and having a good diet is the best way to do it. Who doesn’t enjoy a delicious dinner, especially after a long day at work? Reason no 1 why you should learn how to cook. You need to feed your body and brain for survival. The nice thing about the internet is that now you can learn how to cook online. There are so many ways through Blogs, Recipes, You Tube etc.

Have you found yourself saying things such as, I don’t like cooking, my food isn’t good, I just want to eat out? If you have, let me tell you are in the right place. I have been there before and I want to show reasons why you should learn how to cook.

Cooking at home is less expensive

Over 10 years, the average meal out costs about $15 with time and labor costs included versus $13 without. Compare that to $9 and $4 for home-cooked food. This means that cooking for yourself saves about $6 per person every meal when you count time and labor costs. In South Africa most families just cannot afford the luxury of eating out daily or even weekly so it is wiser to know these basic skills. You can cook a real healthy meal at an affordable price.

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Learning how to cook a healthy meal

Many people choose to eat bad food specifically because they don’t know how to cook healthy food. They wrongly believe that you have to have some special skill to be able to whip together a solid meal. This is simply not the case. If you are willing to take cooking and baking classes, you’ll be able to throw together many good meals with great ingredients. These meals will be healthier than what you might have eaten in the past. You’ll find yourself eating in more often, and you might be able to lose some weight at the same time, if this is something that you’d be interested in. You may even want to join a gym or change your body for the better.

Get yourself a decent cook book

I still have my very first cook book. I still use it today even though it looks used and abused. HAHA.

How to Cook Everything The Basics: All You Need to Make Great Food–With 1,000 Photos

The best thing to having Mark Bittman in the kitchen with you

Mark Bittman’s highly acclaimed, bestselling book How to Cook Everything is an indispensable guide for any modern cook. With How to Cook Everything The Basics he reveals how truly easy it is to learn fundamental techniques and recipes. From dicing vegetables and roasting meat, to cooking building-block meals that include salads, soups, poultry, meats, fish, sides, and desserts, Bittman explains what every home cook, particularly novices, should know.

1,000 beautiful and instructive photographs throughout the book reveal key preparation details that make every dish inviting and accessible. With clear and straightforward directions, Bittman’s practical tips and variation ideas, and visual cues that accompany each of the 185 recipes, cooking with How to Cook Everything The Basics is like having Bittman in the kitchen with you.

  • This is the essential teaching cookbook, with 1,000 photos illustrating every technique and recipe; the result is a comprehensive reference that’s both visually stunning and utterly practical.
  • Special Basics features scattered throughout simplify broad subjects with sections like “Think of Vegetables in Groups,” “How to Cook Any Grain,” and “5 Rules for Buying and Storing Seafood.”
  • 600 demonstration photos each build on a step from the recipe to teach a core lesson, like “Cracking an Egg,” “Using Pasta Water,” “Recognizing Doneness,” and “Crimping the Pie Shut.”
  • Detailed notes appear in blue type near selected images. Here Mark highlights what to look for during a particular step and offers handy advice and other helpful asides.
  • Tips and variations let cooks hone their skills and be creative.

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Don’t be afraid to try something new

When selecting healthy recipes, sticking to those with ingredients you know and enjoy is always a safe bet, especially if time is tight. But don’t forget to occasionally give a new, totally delicious looking recipe a try, or pick up an unfamiliar fruit or vegetable the next time you spot one at the grocery store. A few years ago my husband introduced me to fresh asparagus roasted with just a bit of butter or olive oil, with some crushed garlic and a sprinkle of salt and pepper. Yum it changed the way I feel about asparagus that’s for sure. The first time I ate asparagus was from a tin. YUK!!!  Fresh and roasted it is divine.



In conclusion, anyone learning to cook has their advantages and cooking is actually fun and it’s very exciting when you get to create new dishes for your family or friends and hear them compliment on the meal they just ate which you made.

As more and more emphasis is placed these days on eating whole foods and having meals at home, some people may be eager to embrace this home-cooking lifestyle but aren’t sure where to begin.

Teaching our children to cook helps prepare them for the future. Giving them these skills may help prevent them from getting stuck when necessity or principles call them to cook their own food. I believe that teaching children from a young age is a much-needed necessity and an advantage in life. No matter what age you are, you are never too young or too old to learn how to cook. Have a look at some of my simple and easy dishes to make. No brainer. Check us out weekly and discover a new dish. Go on test it out and don’t forget to let us know how it goes we love hearing from you.

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  1. Just recently, I decided to cook my own food. And like  you said here in this article, there are a lot of benefits of doing so.

    For two decades, I was buying prepared food outside which is something I learned from working a corporate job in the city. You know, when you’re working a job, you usually don’t have enough time to cook so the usual option for many working people is “fast food”. 

    But then, I realized that I got no freedom with fast food. If I want my food to be less salty, then I got no choice but to eat what is being served in a restaurant. With my body already aching with multiple health problems, cooking my own food is a better option.

    • I agree with you Gomer and you also tend to get bored with the same types of fast foods I found that when I went to America for 10 days their fast foods are really oily and salty It was shocking. I am so happy you enjoy cooking your own foods now.

  2. I recently moved out of my parents’ house and I don’t have the slightest idea about cooking besides boiling an egg and making pasta with cheese 😛

    I usually order takeout but it’s indeed very expensive not to mention unhealthy.

    Do you recommend that I should buy that book you are mentioning? Will it help me be able to sustain myself with my cooking?

    • Xaric takeout is so expensive, I highly recommend the cookbook, Since it is a book for beginners it will help you to learn the basics as well as open your mind and tastebuds to trying new foods which you would probably never even considered trying before. I am gradually adding my own easy recipes, many of my bachelor friends love my cooking and often come over just to learn and taste. Soon you will be creating great meals for your friends too. Once you start experimenting you will really enjoy it and may even start growing your own fresh herbs. Best of luck to you and let us know your cooking goes. 🙂

  3. Dear Mark,

    You said it right that using packaged food or going out for a dinner is becoming a very costly affair nowadays. Another reason for loving your article is my son is a very good cook & he has started his own snack bar in our town. To tell you the truth he has got a lot of customers from day one. He is always thinking of new dishes for his customers. 

    As we are & our community is vegetarian,  I want to ask you, in your book ‘ How to cook everything The basics’, have you explained about veg dishes also? Can it be helpful to my son as he is always after a variety of snack dishes? I may plan to gift him this book on his birthday in the near future.

    Thanks for your informative article.


    • I love it when you new cooks surface we can learn a lot through them, “How to cook everything The basics” is a really great book and covers a wide variety of dishes, it does offer a few great vegetarian dishes. As you mentioned that your community is vegetarian I would advise “How to Cook Everything Vegetarian”  Today, the issues surrounding a plant-based diet—health, sustainability, and ethics—continue to resonate with more and more Americans, whether or not they’re fully vegetarian. This new edition has been completely reviewed and revised to stay relevant to today’s cooks: New recipes include more vegan options and a brand-new chapter on smoothies, teas, and more. Charts, variations, and other key information have been updated. And, new for this edition, the recipes are showcased in bright full-colour photos throughout. With these photos and a host of recipes destined to become new favourites, this already classic vegetarian cookbook will continue to be more indispensable than ever. This may just be a better option for the client base in your community. I hope this helps. 

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