Learn to Cook For Yourself

Becoming an Indie Cook

Today, kids, teens, and young adults find themselves having to cook more often than ever before. But how does a teenager learn to cook? Instead of falling into the take-out pizza and frozen, microwaveable dinner trap, they need healthy, nutrient-dense foods that will nourish their growing bodies. Many parents don’t have the time to teach kids how to cook more than a few basic cooking recipes. Or they may lack the skills themselves. 

The Cook With Confidence series shows anyone how to prepare healthy meals, provides a variety of recipes for each e-book on a given subject, plus gives easy tips and helpful info on seasonal foods, nutrition, cooking techniques, and fun facts. With all of this at their disposal, kids and teens can learn how to plan, shop for, and create a healthy meal, from start to finish. 

My Own Experience

When I moved out of my parents’ house at 19, I had limited cooking skills. I knew my way around a kitchen, but I soon realized most of my experience involved observing. I didn’t even know how to make hard-boiled eggs or how long to cook spaghetti. The choices I made when I first moved out were both expensive and unhealthy, because I didn’t know how to make a lot of dishes by myself. I relied on takeout, pre-packaged foods, and a lot of empty calories because I wasn’t thinking about nutrition. As a result, I put on a lot of weight and let my health suffer. Unfortunately, many kids and teens who are on their own after school can easily fall into the same habits.

Through a great deal of trial and error, some useful cookbooks, several panicky phone calls to my mom, a little luck, and a whole lot of determination, I eventually figured things out. I kept my mind open and learned tips & tricks from books, magazines, television shows, and other sources. I used my reporting skills to quiz my friends’ mothers. I read labels and studied packages, reading every recipe on every box. Today I share my recipes on the web. I’m proud to say that I can hold my own in the kitchen, whether I am following complicated recipes or making something up on the go. But it would’ve been so much easier if someone had just shown me what to do before I was forced to learn on the fly. 

Now It's Your Turn

Cooking is a life skill. Knowledge is power. Whether you're a teenager, young adult, or just never learned how to cook for yourself, you need the Cook With Confidence series to guide you through this process of becoming independent. You'll save money and time, and enjoy better health as a result. 

Each e-book concentrates on simple themes, such as Mexican or poultry or salads, so that Indie Cooks can build confidence and expand their repertoire a little at a time. There is nothing like the pride a child or young adult feels when they have completed a “grown-up” task, all by themselves, like cooking and serving a meal for their family. I especially want this series to be useful for teenage boys, as this is a non-traditional skill for them, yet extremely important.