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Cooking Using A Teaching Cookbook from a Chef Can Teach So Much

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When my friends suggested that I write about my experiences about spending the month cooking out of Rebecca Katz’s books, I thought it was a wonderful idea but I also was a little concerned about what people would think of me using someone else’s recipes. I have found at times that because I am a doctor who focuses on natural health and healing, people sometimes think I know all the answers about health and wellness. The fact that I love to cook and share that passion with others makes people think that I am a chef too. Of course, I don’t know everything about health, wellness or cooking--I am learning about these topics just like everybody body else. I learned a long time ago that when I don’t know something the best thing to do is to be honest and say I don’t know the answer and I will look it up. In fact I have learned really great information from questions people have asked me.

I thought sharing my experiences of cooking out of an award-winning chef’s book could be a lesson for us all. For me, cooking out of a book that is focused on teaching you how to prepare healthy foods and make your taste buds sing was absolutely fantastic. I would recommend it to everyone. I learned how to do some simple techniques that improved the way the recipes turned out. I learned some spice combinations that I have never tried before that were great. There were so many simple recipes that took 15 minutes to prepare. I am more prepared to work with sea vegetables in my meals and I found stores that have them available all the time. It increased my knowledge of how to use pots and saucepans that I have not really used correctly in the past. I learned the difference between flat leaf parsley and curly parsley they really are different. I will have to say flat leaf parsley is one of my new all time favorite herbs--I will not go back curly parsley ever again!

I can recommend that if you are interested in learning to cook better you could benefit from using a teaching cookbook like Katz's or some other chef you like. Be prepared to spend time with the book and use the same one over and over for a couple of months.

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