When I first started learning how to cook, I googled recipes like any resourceful university student does. After a school year of cooking I had a good enough arsenal of recipes that I could make something edible with any meat you could find at your average grocery store. I felt accomplished.

In the summer of my sophomore year I got hooked on the Food Network, in particular Micheal Smith’s Chef at Home. I soon realized that the reason why I liked it so much was because of how much I was learning. Before that summer I was a recipe copier. After it I became a cook. Michael Smith didn’t just tell you the steps and ingredients that went into making something, he always specified why he chose to do those steps and use particular ingredients. This obsession with why anything is done in cooking has possessed me. Looking at the “whys” of any recipe is how I’ve been approaching cooking and, coincidentally, life ever since.

In all my posts I’ll be including many general cooking tips can be applied no matter what ingredients you are using.

4 thoughts on “Why

  1. 108 days says:

    This is a fantastic philosophy to cooking and to life, Allan! Also, love the Chinese proverb.

  2. Love Chef Michael Smith too! 😀

  3. Jed says:

    Hi Allan,

    I represent a team MBA graduates and entrepreneurs who share your passion for food. We launched our mobile app 2 weeks ago which is targeted at Toronto’s awesome food scene and foodies alike. Spork publishes real-time, hyper-local promotions from our curated network of partner restaurants and eateries including Insomnia and Lick It Gelato.

    We love your philosophy on food and thought you would be a perfect person to get feedback from. Would you be available to meet (or talk over the phone if you’re unavailable) so we can showcase our app and share our ambition to take Spork across Canada and beyond?

    If you would like to know more, here’s where you can find more information:

    -website: http://www.sporkit.co/#!howitworks/c1qig
    -Apple appstore link: https://appsto.re/ca/ouhZY.i. (android version will be rolled out in a few weeks but you can sign up now!)
    -facebook: https://facebook.com/sporkit.co
    – instagram: http://instagram.com/spork_it
    – twitter: https://twitter.com/spork_it

    Thanks for taking the time to read this and hope to speak with you soon!

    Jed, Co-founder, Spork Inc.

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