Welcome to I Want To Cook

This is a place where you can find recipes, tips and advice geared for folks who don’t consider themselves culinary super-stars. In other words, I Want To Cook is for every guy and gal out there who wants to make easy, affordable, delicious meals in just a few steps. Whether you can barely brew your own cup of tea or are ready to attempt a wine-reduction sauce, here you’ll find simple instructions on making easy, affordable meals.

I Want To Cook is run by Matt Degen, a Southern California-based food writer and private cooking instructor. My goal is to show you that anyone can cook.

Have a question, tip, or just want to talk food? Contact me: matt@iwanttocook.com

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  1. Jennifer said,

    July 21, 2010 @ 8:11 pm

    Hi, Matt – I’ve noticed chef contestants on a certain cooking reality show smoking heavily during their off time. Just out of curiosity, what does smoking do to a chef’s ability to create flavor combinations, and is their cooking adversely affected by their smoking habit? Thanks, Jennifer

  2. Matt Degen said,

    July 22, 2010 @ 8:50 pm

    That’s a great question, Jennifer, and one I’ve thought about myself. I’m not a smoker, so I can only guess at an answer, which I’ll take a shot at here. At first blush I would say that smoking would be detrimental one’s tastebuds, and thus would have a negative affect on their ability to create flavor combinations.

    Thinking about it further, though, I also realized that it could possibly help, for the same reason: If your taste buds are shot, one would have to use even more flavors — i.e. add more taste — to make a dish really stand out.

    Those are my two best thoughts on the subject at this time. Maybe some others will also weigh in.

  3. AD said,

    May 3, 2012 @ 6:31 pm

    Hi Matt – I am so glad to see this easy-to-understand and straightforward resource. Thank you so much! We’ll be sure to keep following your cooking adventures/advice… and I love hash browns!
    Sincerely, Anh

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