"Can't Cook, Won't Cook"

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"Can't Cook, Won't Cook"

"Can't Cook, Won't Cook"

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To calculate the overall star rating and percentage breakdown by star, we don’t use a simple average. Indeed, for the beginner, even the easiest recipes are full of subjective or unclear language, such as “desired consistency”.

Whenever I tried to motivate myself to cook, I’d find a recipe that excited me, then mess it up and be discouraged from trying again.

It is the same for tools and equipment: I can’t be without a blender; I don’t think my flatmate ever used one. The test, he says, should be: “How badly can you mangle the recipe and still get something incredible?

Self-help guru and entrepreneur Tim Ferriss surveyed more than 100,000 of his (mostly male) Facebook fans to discover what turned them off cooking and found an array of reasons: too many ingredients or tools, intimidating skills, different dishes finishing at different times, standing at the stove, food waste. You might uncover a false assumption – for example, that you don’t deserve to enjoy food, that any time not spent working is wasted, or that cooking is anti-intellectual or even women’s work. Even the simplest meals can be elevated above a survival mindset: in Solo, Johansen dedicates a chapter to things on toast. The effort bar was supposed to be: if you can tear the film off a ready meal, you can probably chop some sweet potato and put it in a tin.

I rarely make anything fancy – just a bowl of stew or pasta, or daal eaten on our laps on the sofa; delicious and nourishing – but this is something I would not have thought I’d ever be comfortable doing. That is certainly my fallback when I don’t feel like cooking, but it doesn’t mean that it can’t be delicious and nutritious,” she says.

I think we always underestimate our capacity for change,” says Signe Johansen, author of Solo: The Joy of Cooking for One. The first cookbook I connected with was Rukmini Iyer’s The Roasting Tin: a deserving bestseller for its ratio of preparation to payoff. You can change your choices at any time by visiting Cookie preferences, as described in the Cookie notice. Having learned Alison Roman’s internet-famous stew, I swapped chickpeas for butter beans, coconut milk for tinned tomatoes and turmeric for oregano, then followed roughly the same process.Part of the reason I have been able to go so long without knowing how to cook is that for several years I lived with a friend who enjoyed taking charge in the kitchen. Iyer tells me that she developed the traybake concept when her own enthusiasm for cooking was at an all-time low, after a bad breakup. People who watch this show only watch it as 'Ready steady Cook' was too varied with too many other crap presenters! Where I used to cook once and eat it night after night, I now freeze the other portions or add an element I’ve made from scratch, so as not to break my cooking streak.

According to a 2014 YouGov survey of 10,000 Britons, one of the largest ever conducted about food, 10% of us cannot cook a thing – equating to 5 million people. On the odd occasion that my flatmate and I threw dinner parties, the stress of preparation, timing and the implicit expectation to impress prevented me from fully enjoying the evening. Once you start to see results, that’s when the magic happens, even if it’s something really simple like scrambling eggs,” says Johansen. Covering main courses with poultry, meat and fish, vegetarian and pasta dishes, and puddings, the book includes advice on food preparation, equipment, cooking temperature and ingredients. I alternated between the same two dinners for nearly a year, and the same sad desk lunch for two years.

Photograph: Linda Nylind/The Guardian View image in fullscreen Hands on …Elle Hunt preparing a meal in her kitchen. The novelist Hanya Yanagihara recently said that she “deliberately never learned” to cook as a teenager for fear of being trapped in the domestic sphere; I suspect my own historical resistance was similar. Combined with a few cookbooks, I can now put my phone in another room as I cook, and meals hardly ever get burned.



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