Sometimes it is nice to enjoy a meal out, but too many meals out can become expensive and make it difficult to maintain a healthy diet. But not everybody enjoys cooking, and some people may even find it difficult to cook a healthy and nutritious meal.
Most people would agree that eating out and staying in are two very different experiences. Chef and author of Dining In, Alison Roman explains that being able to have people over and cooking for people you love provides a different way to spend your time and money. Cooking can make people feel good.
However, this feeling usually relies on the outcome of the meal rather than enjoying the process. In her cookbook, Roman does a few different things to encourage people to try a new recipe. She says the recipes in her cookbook all contain accessible ingredients and doable tasks, making her recipes approachable. If a person can easily conceptualize what a recipe requires, they will feel more encouraged to cook it. Furthermore, she explains that the names of the recipes play an important role. People are going to be more interested in trying a recipe that sounds appetizing or sounds like something they would want to eat. Overall, Roman emphasizes that cooking does not have to be a daunting task, and with a little practice, it can become something you love to do.
- Alison Roman, chef and author, Dining In.