The bachelor’s life certainly has its pros and cons. On the one hand, most guys at some stage reach the point at which they are ready to enjoy the love and companionship of a committed relationship. On the other, there’s a lot to be said for being able to leave your used laundry on the floor for days and drink out of the bottle without fear of recriminations from She Who Must Be Obeyed. There is one facet of life in which many guys face stern challenges: the kitchen. Let’s face it, many of us would burn water if we ever wielded a saucepan in anger. Uber Eats is fantastic, but a constant diet of restaurant food will expand your waistline and shrink your wallet. So, whether you want to save money, maintain a balanced diet, or perhaps prepare a sumptuous meal to impress a special someone, here are a few simple things you can do to brush up on your culinary EQ:

Tools of the Trade

The first step is to ensure you have the right equipment. Great quality cookware, knives, plus a few select appliances and implements are essential to get you started. With the right tools in hand, you will be ready to tackle even the more strenuous tasks. The market abounds with kitchen tools and gadgets ranging from the exceptionally practical to the downright ridiculous. Make sure you don’t waste your money on stuff that you don’t need and focus on those things that will be most useful. You can handle that, right? Hmm, maybe you’d better take your mother with you.

Recipe for Success

Recipes? Pfah! Just like we’d rather drive aimlessly for hours than pull over for directions, most of us would prefer suffering through a charred lump of unidentifiable charcoal than admit defeat and resort to using a recipe. Gentlemen, it is time to suck it up and get over it. Put down the game console for a minute, get online and research the abundance of recipes that are so simple, even you can’t mess them up. I promise nobody will think any less of you!

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A Touch of Class

Almost everything that happens in the kitchen can be boiled down to a few core skills. There is no shortage of reasonably priced cooking classes tailored to rank beginners that will give you a grasp of the basics that can be applied to most any dish. Aside from the knowledge that you will gain, a close friend of mine met the woman he would later marry at one of these classes, so the deal might be even sweeter than it first appears.

Tech Me By The Hand

Forget what they say on Avenue Q, the internet is your best friend in the kitchen. Whether you’re trying to figure out the difference between a tablespoon and a teaspoon, what the heck a courgette is, or how to core an apple, you can learn all about cooking online. In most cases, you will be able to find videos that will hold your hand through the entire ordeal. Don’t worry; it can be our little secret. I promise I won’t tell anyone.

Start Simple

Your car doesn’t go from 0 to 100 in a second, and you cannot go from burning toast to beef Wellington overnight. Shooting for the stars will almost certainly end with you crashing in flames, so start with some simple dishes that you like and master them before moving on to the next challenge. Baby steps, my young Padawan!

Learning to cook is a never-ending process. Nobody expects you to be a professional overnight, but with practice and adherence to this sage advice, you will be on your way to kitchen confidence.