Frequently asked questions!!
This FAQ is a short list of most frequently asked questions. For more information about Cooking Confidential or what is planned in the next few months, please feel free to contact me.
What is Cooking Confidential?
Cooking Confidential is all about cooking and food. I love to travel, eat, cook, take cooking lessons, try out new recipes and apply the learning from one cuisine to another and then share it with all. I write about my experiences as an amateur lover of food and cooking with the fond hope that this may provide an alternative insight into cooking the recipes on Cooking Confidential. If not, it is a great outlet for me to talk about something that I have been passionate about all my life and this is something that continues to bring joy to my family, friends and me.
How much is your app?
Nil – available for free to download from http://cookingconfidential.in. This is presently under development.
Where does the name come from?
I loved the book Kitchen Confidential by Anthony Bourdain. I totally identified with his foul mouth and the hilarious escapades in the book. The name of the book inspired the name Cooking Confidential.There is nothing confidential about the recipes here. I will even go as far as to say that none of these are my creations. Where possible, I have credited the recipe to its rightful author/owner/chef/recipe book/website. Some of these came off the internet and now I have no record of where I compiled them from in my collection. All I can say is that I have cooked each of these recipes numerous times over the years. Some more recent than others depending on which cuisine I am currently focusing on OR which country I last visited / which cooking course I last attended. I continue to cook these regularly and my menus at home are created using them – be it for just the two of us or a party with friends and party of over 20+ people.
How did the idea come about?
1. I wanted to compile an inventory of recipes that I have cooked at some point or the other over the last so many years. I wanted them to be available in one place for me to refer to. I wanted to be able to have an easy to search recipe compilation that could be searched on things like recipe types, courses, cuisines and ingredients.
2. The choice of what to cook in a planned event for guests is generally driven by cuisines and courses. Being able to quickly search for recipes on these criteria is key.
3. On a daily basis a lot of the decision of what to cook is largely a function of what ingredients are available in the refrigerator, what may soon go bad if not consumed in a day or two etc. So it helps having all the recipes in one place to by able to quickly search and use.
4. Anyone who loves to cook loves to experiment. You change the recipe to suit your tastes, you learn new tricks of chopping, cooking, presentation and have your moments of ‘ creative brilliance’. Recording these so that I could consistently repeat the results was one of the reasons.
5. Portions in existing recipes books are sometimes difficult to follow as is as that would result in enough food for the next 3-4 meals! The same is true with measures as I prefer spoon, cup sizes as opposed to grams and ml. Hence to document and record these changes so that I could repeat the results was also one of the reasons why I needed all the information in one place.
6. My daughters also enjoy cooking and with them being away, I am hoping this is one way in which I can share what is being cooked at home and also have the recipes available to them for use!! Over the years my extended family of nieces, nephews, sister, brother-in-law and close friends who are now spread all over the world have also enjoyed meals with. This is very much for them too!!!