I’m an okay cook. I never learned to cook fancy recipes or how spices work together or how to put foods together from scratch on a whim, but I can follow recipes just fine. Cooking, I’ve learned, is like high school chemistry experiments in that you have a pretty good idea of what’s going to happen. If I follow the directions things will turn out just fine. Actually, cooking is better than my high school chemistry experiments, which were more often frustrating than not. This may have had more to do with my perfectionism than with the subject matter itself.
So how does one make that leap from following recipes to really exploring the world of cooking and all that it has to offer? Cooking is a huge world, and I want to create more in it in the same way that I create worlds of fiction. The problem is that there’s so much out there that I have no idea where to start. Help?