Cooking Essentials (Part 1)

By Owen Jones

Without a doubt, the greatest difficulty confronting the human race is the growing of sufficient food for the populace of the world. After all, food, including water, is the one thing that we can not do without. Everyone has to eat enough, although lots of individuals do eat too much every day. However, it is not only a question of putting something or enough in our mouths, the food has to provide enough energy and enough nutrients.

Our bodies require the nutrients it takes to allow it to fight off attacks from disease, repair itself if it temporarily loses one of those battles and to just grow as we mature from childhood. We also need nutrients and energy to be able to move about, do our job and bring up our children. Therefore, in order to get the most out of life, we all need to eat enough food of the correct quality.

However, having enough of the right sort of food is only part of the difficulty. You also have to know how to get the most out of that food by serving it properly and mixing it with appropriate foods. This normally involves cooking.

Therefore, the capacity to cook is one of the most important skills that a person can learn otherwise lots of the nutrients will be lost and so precious food will be lost as well. However, cooking does not merely mean serving the ingredients properly so as not to waste nutrients, it also means providing the complete range of nutrients and fibres that we need over the period of, say, a week.

Cooking has traditionally been seen as a woman's occupation in most parts of the world but this is understandable because women were frequently at home with children for a large part of their early lives, however, that has changed in numerous societies. Since the introduction of the birth control pill, numerous women have taken on a different, more equal role in society. Not just that, but more and more individuals are selecting to live alone and indeed individuals are also living longer.

This all points to a need for everybody to learn how to cook. Each man an and woman ought to understand at least the essentials of cookery so that they can take care of themselves or / and take an dynamic part in taking care of their family. This is not an simple job, if you prefer to get it right. In many societies, children begin helping their parents and grandparents prepare food from an early age.

This is something that went out of fashion in many Western countries in the Seventies and Eighties. Luckily, this trend is reversing, however what is noticeable is that young Asian individuals living in the East are shunning learning to cook as 'old fashioned' as they are getting more prosperous. This is a real pity , yet we cannot expect Asian youth to learn from our mistakes.

The family cook has additional responsibilities other than only those outlined above, the family cook also has to learn how to use the household budget wisely. In many families, the food budget is the largest proportion of the total household budget. That is a big obligation. This just emphasizes the importance of cooking in the correct manner, acquiring the most nutrients possible from food and minimizing waste.

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