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Is professional cooking suppose to be genetic?

No matter how hard I try, I can't seem to get the taste and flavor of the pros. I by the best ingredients I can, I measure, I take each step slowly and carefully but it never comes out awesome, fantastic, great. Why?

Am I fated to being just another wife that cooks okay?

asked by Pecan-Ann over 3 years ago
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added over 3 years ago

I've heard from others that cooking gets better with practice. If it didn't come out the way you wanted the first time around, try again by tweeking the ingredients. Hope this helps.

added over 3 years ago

If you are buying good ingredients and using good recipes, I'd suggest making sure you are salting properly. Salt makes a huge difference in both sweet and savory preparations. You might also look into buying Michael Rhulman's books, which discuss the main principles of cooking.

added over 3 years ago

I was told by more than one chef that they use salt "liberally", and that gives the impression of flavor.
I don't use salt at all in the cooking process,but add as a top-dressing - and that works fine without in increasing your blood pressure.

added over 3 years ago

I gather from your question that you are following recipes to the letter. Think of the picture of the beloved mother in the kitchen, making meals her family adores -- she doesn't measure, just puts ingredients in by the pinch or handful. I've often read (in cookbooks) about following such a role model around in the kitchen, trying to get specific quantities measured as the dish is made to put into a conventional recipe. The point here is, trust your instincts -- your senses of taste and smell and the overall impression that the food presents. I remember watching Julia Child in her original TV shows as I held her cookbook on my lap, pencil in hand. Her recipes are extremely specific (good learning tool!), but when she cooked she took many liberties as I took many notes. You've asked a good question, and there is a lot of good advice in these answers, but I have to add -- trust yourself, let your innate sense of what tastes good steer you in the right direction for your taste and your family's. Enjoy and relax!