Helpful Habits

Becoming a proficient home cook takes practice and demands dedication.

That said, there are a lot of myths about good home cooking that we at the New Boston Cooking School want to debunk. When you’re done reading, click on the links below to start learning helpful habits for becoming a good cook.


Myth: Cooks are born, not made.
Truth: Like any other skill, cooking is learned. With practice and commitment, anyone can become a good home cook.

Myth: A good home cook makes something different every night of the week.
Truth: Home cooks know a few cooking techniques well and have a handful of recipe templates they rotate through weekly. New spices and vegetables might add variety, but the basic actions are the same. And all home cooks start with a repertoire of several tried and true recipes for affordable, healthy and delicious meals that they practice over and over.

Myth: A good home cook spends at least an hour preparing meals.
Truth: Once you are comfortable in your kitchen, home cooking saves time (and money). You can get a nutritious and tasty meal on the table in the amount of time it takes to call, order, and wait for more expensive, less healthy food to be delivered.

Resources for Building Home-Cooking Habits

        Start building your home-cooking foundation with these helpful guides on everything from how to read a recipe to how to shop intelligently.

      • 10 Steps to Becoming a Great Home Cook Follow these guidelines and home cooking will become easier, with better results.
      • How to Read a Recipe Learn how to read a recipe for cues for preparing ingredients, organizing time, and making a tasty meal.
      • Shop Smarter Our shopping tips will save you money and time and help you cook more nutritious meals.
      • Cooking Safety With these simple suggestions, you’ll avoid any potential safety concerns as you cook.
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