Well Mr Dwyer, I just ordered all the books you mentioned along with a Julia Childs book and I'm bidding on The Joy of Cooking 1975 on ebay. I figure thats old enough to not be the new and improved version but either way, it's all new to me. :)
Thanks for all the help and suggestions.
I can’t tell you how thankful I am for the time, information and care extended to me as I pursue this latest endeavor of mine. I started compiling a list for Amazon, and I just couldn’t resist the 3.5 qt dutch oven and the 5 qt covered braiser I found at Marshalls today. Whoopee!
I’m not young in age but very much in experience. I’m over 40 and actually just made my very first roast, which I must say was not bad at all. Between school and work I never really took the time to learn how to enjoy cooking. Now, I work at home and have the time…but something is up with this developing interest/obsession; a few weeks back I was considering weight watchers to lose a few.
I've been reading here for awhile and thought I'd jump in with my first post.
I 'm one of those cooks who see a recipe and make it but it doesn't go any further for me and even those recipes tend to be pretty basic.
I grew up in one of those homes where both parents worked. As kids we'd come home and brown the meat and throw it in a pot and my mother would make alittle stove top or mashed potatoes and canned corn. My desire is to be alittle more creative than that and just "know", ok, maybe not just know, but minimally be more comfortable.
To narrow down my question; because of what I had read here, I picked up my first Le Creusent 5.5 qt Dutch oven. (pretty cheaply at Marshalls) I cooked french onion soup last week, so now what? Is there a great book you could recommend?
I don't know about meats and what and how to cook them best. What works well in the oven vs the stove. I really haven't cooked many roasts, pork or beef and I'm feeling alittle lost.
I know this is a very broad request, but just where do I start?