10 ways to get into the
rhythm of the kitchen

Why This Guide?

People will tell you that cooking is inconvenient, difficult, and a waste of your precious time. We don’t think so. Cooking is one of the best ways to take a daily routine and make it something positive—a chance to put your phone away, be with loved ones, and get creative.

Cooking is easier than you think, it’s good for you and your budget, and it’s almost always faster than delivery. This simple guide gives you practical tips to help you get cooking and enjoy the journey.

01.

Start small. Keep it simple.

Simple meals can be delicious. Remember that cooking is not a performance. Keep in mind there’s no right way to do it—you’ll learn even faster and enjoy the journey.

02.

Learn skills before recipes.

We love a great recipe, but it’s helpful to build intuition so you don’t need one. Cooking is often about balancing qualities like sweetness, saltiness, and acidity. Taste as you create.

03.

Take inspiration from your friends.

Talk with your friends about cooking or help them out with their go-to recipe. It’s a great way to get your social time in while you learn something new. Plus, then you get to eat.

04.

Organize for how you cook.

Be flexible in your set up. No hard rules. Find out what works for you over time and you’ll grow to love your kitchen even more.

05.

Keep a notepad handy.

Smart planning can make cooking stress free. Try writing down your inspirations, ingredients you’ll need, and what you’ll need to do—like a brainstorm but fun.

06.

Try meals that don’t need heat.

Half the time we make dinner at home, we’re just combining things. Experiment to learn what goes with what and escape the heat from time to time.

07.

Get into the flow.

Cooking is a chance to get a mental health boost from the flow state, and you can encourage it with things like music or a moment to decompress before you get started.

08.

Turn mistakes into new dishes.

When you do something that you didn’t mean to (it’ll happen, it’s okay) look for the opportunity. And if all else fails, you can always cook again tomorrow.

09.

Many hands make light work.

If you’re sharing the food, it only makes sense to share the work. The best way is to choose which tasks you enjoy and split them up accordingly.

10.

A great meal is about more than food.

The people we’re with, feel-good music, and little things like candles can make a meal even more special. We love to put the phones away and enjoy what’s in front of us.

Every day is a good day when you cook.

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