The Very Best Cooking Advice

6What’s the best cooking advice you’ve ever received?

The best piece I ever received was found in a random, fluffy memoir that I read several years ago.

The author had fallen passionately in love with cooking and her words of wisdom were both basic and sage:


If you love an ingredient, use more of it.

If you’re making a cake, and you love vanilla, then slosh in a little extra. If you’re making cookies with cinnamon, and you just love cinnamon, dash in a little more. If you’re making garlicky bok choy, and you just love, love, love garlic, then forget mincing up a single clove and dice up 6 or 7.

This advice has served me well time and again. Be brave. Cook without reserve. Bake with gusto.

What is the best kitchen advice you have ever received? Scroll down to share in the comments!

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6 thoughts on “The Very Best Cooking Advice

  1. Kait L says:

    Ouh I’d have to say the best tip I ever got was to learn to cook by following your sense of smell and taste. A great recipe is a perfect spring board for guiding you thorough making a new dish but I always taste my way through it and think of flavour I might want to add to make it perfect for me! This tip keeps even the oldest recipes new and fresh every time!

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    • Lauren says:

      That’s a good one! So true. I remember watching Gordon Ramsay rant on about that on his show Hell’s Kitchen. Great cooking advice for everyone from novice to pro! Love it. :)

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  2. Rebecca says:

    My MIL always says that if you can read you can cook. That advice has gotten me over my mental road block that I am a hopelessly bad cook.

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    • Lauren says:

      That’s so true! I hadn’t thought of it like that before. I learned so much about cooking from reading the cookbook How to Cook Everything- it was like having my hand held as I attempted different dishes. Thanks for sharing. :)

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  3. Joanne James says:

    My Nanny’s advice served our family to make a really good pie crust. She always said: “Don’t over-work your dough. If you do your crust will be hard.” And she was right!

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