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Can You Learn to Cook from Cookbooks?

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One of our favorite cookbook authors, Monica Bhide, asks in this blog post: Can you learn to cook from cookbooks? Her question stems from a discussion with the New Yorker's Adam Gopnik, who contends that you can only learn from watching someone in the kitchen. Personally, I think you need a little bit of both — someone to teach you the basic techniques hands-on and then trusted sources to cook from. And of course it helps if you've had exemplary dishes to measure your progress by. But what do you think? Is it possible to make your bones from a book alone?

See also: How Did You Learn to Cook [SE Talk, 1/2/2010]

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