When you hear people refer to cooking as the culinary arts, it can be a bit intimidating. Cooking can be an art form, but I always viewed it as a basic survival skill. I'm a big guy. I like to eat. And I like to eat good food. So, I learned to cook. And you can too.

It doesn't matter if you are afraid of the stove or if you have books stored in your oven or if your mother never let you have anything sharper than a butter knife. With just a few pointers, you can begin to start cooking for yourself. And with some practice, you can graduate to cooking for others.

Learning to cook is a process. I'm here to give you the basics. Once you learn how to dice an onion without harming yourself and how to use herbs to create savory flavors, you'll be well on your way to preparing a satisfying meal.

Before we start chopping and dicing, there are some basics that we need to cover. Start by reviewing what you need to know about Your Stove.

Grab a coffee or a glass of wine, kick back and relax. You're about to learn something new that should get you excited every time you get in the kitchen.

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