4 simple ways to become a better cook

Cooking is a fundamental skill of life. People cook so that they can nourish themselves, so that they can experience the pleasure of putting delicious food into their stomachs, and so that they can look after the people they love the most by cooking meals and treat for them. But for some, cooking is just not a very developed skill, and they miss out on all this greatness that comes from cooking their own meals. If this sounds like you, you'll be pleased to know that the situation is far from hopeless. Here are four ways to become a better cook.

Start a vegetable plot. If you develop a better relationship with the core ingredients of a meal, you are going to find more joy and more patience in the whole cooking process. Start a vegetable plot in your back garden and you'll have the desire to use those vegetables to create something delicious. For instance, you'll soon have a long list of things that you can do with your plump and juicy tomatoes.

Cook every day. As the saying goes, practice makes perfect. If you want to learn a language, you have to have difficult conversations. If you want to learn to meditate, you have to sit in silence regularly. And to cook, you have to cook! Do it each day, and it will become a habit. Don't worry if you mess up now and again. Learning is about trial and error, and the most important thing is that you improve over time.

Learn from the pros. Of course, when you want to learn something you seek out a teacher. A whole cooking course might sound scary, so why not ask a great restaurant in town, such as Valentino's Woodfire Pizzeria & Restaurant, if they would be willing to give you a cooking class? This will take learning away from being a scary, academic activity to something fun that you are doing in a restaurant you love. Plus you'll return home with recipes that will wow your family and friends at dinner parties.

Use the right tools. Okay, a workman should never blame his tools—except when he should. If you have a sharp knife, you will simply be better at chopping those onions finely and creating a more refined pasta sauce. If blended soups are your thing and you don't have a blender, then you are going to get stuck pretty quickly. So equip your kitchen and then get cooking.