I would advise a beginner cook to _____

What one piece of advice would you share with a beginner cook? Thinking back to what may have been helpful to you...was it a specific cookbook? Shopping for ingredients? Being fearless with seasonings? Safety & sanitation tips? Utensil & cookware purchases? Menu planning? The SE community has a collective wealth of cooking knowledge & expertise...what one piece of advice would you give to the novice cook?

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