Yesterday, after making yet another recipe that came out horrible, I had an epiphany: I just can’t cook and never will be able to.
I keep hearing good cooks saying stuff like: “Learning to cook is simple! Just read and follow the recipe!”
But here is what I think:
I am musically gifted. I can make my voice swoop, shimmer, float, slide, caress, and take listeners on an emotional journey through a song so powerfully that when I finish, they sit in silence and wonder, never wanting the moment to end.
But some people have no musical gift at all. They can’t sing a tune for the life of them, never mind even stay on key.
So, if you put the same piece of music in front of me and in front of them, I will sing it beautifully, while they will–even if they can read music–not be able even to sing the right notes, never mind with any éclat.
This is the analogy I wish good cooks would understand. When it comes to cooking, there are those, like me, who are stone cold tone deaf. I could take the same recipe as them, follow it to a T, and theirs would be fit for a king and mine, even a dog wouldn’t eat.
So I think that cooking ability is a knack or talent, like musical talent is for me. I don’t think that can be taught, any more than someone who can’t carry a tune can be taught to sing well.
That’s my opinion–anyone else care to chime in?