Cooking Lessons

There is a whole world of difference between knowing something and having studied it.  I speak English.  I believe I speak it fairly well.  But I have never studied it.  And this shows whenever I compare my writing to someone who did.   Likewise, most adults have some ability to cook.  It’s something we teach ourselves out of necessityt.  Despite what the internet might try to tell you, there is only so much ramen noodles you can eat.  So you move on to Hamburger Helper, but it get’s old quick.  Then you decide it’s time to “learn to cook” and make some salsa chicken.  You learn by experience as you go.   Experience is a great teacher, but it is not the same as studying.

When you only learn from experience, you end up with a lot of gaps in your knowledge.  You’ll know the things you’ve done very well.  But you won’t know anything about the stuff you haven’t tried, and you won’t even know that you don’t know it.  That’s why a planned curriculum is important.  By planning the lessons, you can make sure that you cover all the gaps.  And with complete knowledge, each new experience is far, far more effective at improving your skill.

And that’s what the lessons are about.  The more experienced you are, the more inane the initial lessons will seem, particularly at first.  But you should read them anyhow, just to make sure that you don’t have any gaps in your knowledge.  Additionally, the early lessons contain experiments.  I wanted to make the lessons accessible to children, in case you want to use them to teach your kids how to cook.  Particularly during the early skills, your children will want something to DO to keep their focus.  When possible, the lessons include instructions on how to turn the by-products into useful ingredients.  But you should expect some waste, so cost estimates will be included.

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