When I first started this blog a few years back, almost all of my meals came from a restaurant.   That statement is not one of regret as it gave me a good understanding of flavours, presentation and texture.  

Last year, I spent a little more time in the kitchen and this year my New Year's resolution is to completely step up my cooking game.  There are a few reasons for this change.  
  • I was spending around 800 dollars a month eating out and that was making it hard to save money.
  • Cooking is a great talent to have and it was getting embarrassing at times when the food blogger brought ice to the potluck.
  • I wanted to re create some of the dishes that I had a restaurants.
  • I used to be a farm consultant and it was sad to say that I knew about farming techniques but not cooking techniques.
  • I got a library of cook books that I need to start using.
  • The guy who doesn't cook always has to do dishes.
So, in future along with restaurant reviews you will start to see recipes on Vancouver Slop.   Some of them may be very elementary so please be tolerant when reading recipes of dishes that you have cooked a thousand times.  And if you have comments and/or suggestions please let me know as it will only help me get better. 

Time to make use of the Slop Press Apron.




Thomas said... @ February 16, 2011 at 9:00 AM

Ad Hoc at Home by Thomas Keller is probably the perfect book for your situation. Not too complicated, but detailed.

symptoms hypothyroid said... @ February 17, 2011 at 12:25 PM

I personaly think that it is more interesting when you try different recipes and cook yourself. So have fun cooking :) and we are waiting for your new posts!

letsforking said... @ February 17, 2011 at 11:45 PM

Looks like you have a Japanese food book in there. I'm happy to teach you a lesson in J-food exchange for some of your bloggy know-how. Or you can join my cooking class at UBC...

LotusRapper said... @ February 19, 2011 at 11:24 PM

Hi Matt,

You have a good selection of cookbooks.

Might I suggest these following:

1) The Professional Chef (Culinary Inst. of America)

2) Fast Food - My Way (Jacques Pepin)

3) Fool Proof French Cooking (Raymond Blanc)

4) La Regalade - Simple French Bistro Food At Home (Alain Raye)

Bon appetit !

Anita Lee said... @ March 20, 2011 at 5:30 PM

Hi Matt!

I work at The Cookshop in City Square, and we have cooking lessons every night. It might seem like a shameless plug, but I really only work there and gain nothing of monetary value from this. I've taken a lot of classes myself, and it's a great way to expose yourself to making different cuisines. Check out the website!




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