Have you ever gotten halfway through cooking a meal only to realise that you don’t know how long it takes to roast a potato? By the time you’ve done a Google search and scrolled for the crucial information you need, the chicken has burnt, the side salad has gone soggy and you’re left wondering why you even bother.
We’ve all been there. Everyone is a basic cook at one point in life and it’s a steep learning curve. You need to keep at it because once you’ve mastered the basics of roasting, boiling, scrambling and steaming you can cook anything.
Understanding the basic principles of cooking is essential to anyone who wants to prioritise their health. Yes, the food you get in restaurants and takeaway shops is delicious but more often than not it’s because they pack the meals with obscene amounts of oil, fat, salt and sugar.
Knowing how to cook for yourself will improve your life in many ways. Once you’ve learned how to make pasta sauce from scratch, you’ll never again pay for a salty, sugary, additive-filled supermarket bottle. You can make an enormous batch of fresh Napoli and enjoy it over and over again. Once you’ve mastered cooking a tender chicken breast with just a few simple herbs and spices and a side salad with a homemade dressing, you’ll wonder why you ever spent so much money and calories on dirty old Nando’s.
To take the stress out of cooking, we wanted to create a book that has everything you need to know in one place. If a recipe calls for a roast chicken, a steamed courgette or a poached egg, just open this book. It’s also perfect for learning the basics. If you move through this book and cook each item, you can use what you find to create thousands of recipes. Cook them all a few times, you won’t need the book anymore; you’ll know how to roast a leg of lamb off by heart.