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Cooking is that most noble of arts, the art of crafting delicious food and drink. A good chef, while not necessary to living, is necessary to living well, a fact which almost none would deny.
Cooking is primarily used for creating meals, though it can also be used for baking and making drinks.
The tools of the chef's trade are the stove, generally a device which burns wood or coal to heat a grate or plate above, which then becomes a cooking surface. A cookware set consists of the utensils, knives, bowls and general tools of the trade, while an oven is a typically metal box intended to be heated, applying heat evenly to all surfaces of the thing to be cooked. A cookware set can be made by a woodworker or smith, but a stove or oven must be created by a smith. A meal's quality is always limited by the quality of the lowest quality tool used to make it paired with the chef's skill as noted below.
Facilities for cooking are very lenient, requiring almost nothing but the tools to make it and a surface to cook on. It is generally accepted that a clean cooking facility is preferable, as well.
Cooking is a matter of several steps, depending on what exactly you're trying to do. Baking something requires you to mix your materials in the proper way, fuel and heat your oven, and properly time the cooking of the baked good. More general cooking requires one to first prepare materials, then combine them, occasionally also requiring heating from one of several methods. Finally, grilling is much like general cooking, but with the heating step being necessary.
- Baking: Baking is the most exacting of all methods of cooking, with small inconsistencies being capable of ruining the whole product. This is mostly limited to breads and confectioneries, as roasted meats in the oven will just taste a bit off, while breads and pastries can be made completely inedible by relatively small mistakes. Regardless, baking is anything which is cooked primarily in the oven.
1. Baking starts off, much like grilling, with heating your oven so it is prepared when you're ready to put your food in. When you bake, you require very specific temperature ranges, meaning you must heat your oven for a specific time, as there is no way to accurately measure temperatures.
2. While your oven is heating, you must combine your ingredients. Sometimes this is a multi stage process. For example, if you were to make a roast, you'd probably make your marinade separately from preparing the meat, only to combine them before tossing the whole thing in the oven.
3. Once your food is in the oven, you must keep an eye on it, being ready to grab it once it is ready, unless you have some means of timing it and exact foreknowledge of how long it will take to cook.
4. Finally, you remove the food from the oven, plate it up and eat it!
- Grilling: Grilling is much less exacting, requiring similar steps to baking, but in much quicker time and with much more guesswork. Anything one cooks primarily on the stovetop is considered grilling.
1. Grilling requires a heated stove, and thus the first step to grill anything is properly heating your stovetop. Usually this is done with a woodburning stove, and requires fuel.
2. The second step to grilling anything is putting your ingredients together. Usually this is a multi-part process, creating sauces and whatnot or buttering bread before tossing your ingredients in. Sometimes this even requires one to cook some ingredients on the stovetop to create an ingredient to later be used, for example creating a roux of flour and butter is an essential step in making good gravy.
3. Finally, one has to actually use the stovetop to cook their combined ingredients! This step requires one to know when its done, typically by a combination of smell, color, and taste tests.
4. As all cooking, the very last step is to plate and enjoy!
- Tossing: Tossing is the simplest form of cooking. It requires nothing more than throwing the ingredients together! Tossing is considered any form of cooking which requires no heating whatsoever.
1. The first step to tossing is preparing your ingredients, sometimes throwing ingredients together before they're all put together into the final product.
2. After your ingredients are prepared, you toss them all together! Generally there's a particular, correct order to do this step, or a step to be accomplished on the road to tossing them together properly, though not always.
3. Once your ingredients are properly tossed, you plate and eat it!
Hunger is the best seasoning, and if your audience is extremely famished, meals should always be considered to be one step in quality above what they truly are! Furthermore, since cooking is a relatively easy profession.
Cooking requires products from either a woodworker or smith, as the cooking profession does not offer much in the way of skill in constructing long-lasting, physical goods.