If you're eager to make your own food, there are a few essential tips to keep in mind.
We browsed a Quora thread on the best cooking tips for amateurs, and chose our favorites.
1. Fresh ingredients really do make a difference. Shelling out for fresh herbs or produce is well worth the reward, cooking enthusiast Matt Wasserman.
2. Be vigilant about sharpening knives. "It's the dull knives that will get you," part-time chef Richard Schwartz shares. Sharp knives also reduce the time you'll spend prepping ingredients.