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Seven steps to becoming a better cook

Seven steps to becoming a better cook

It happens every year about this time. Well stuffed from great holiday feasts, full of the kind of hopeful ambition that a new calendar brings, millions of people resolve that this year, finally, is going to be the one when they learn to cook better. And so they run out and buy the hottest cookbook from some celebrity chef, try two recipes and quit in disgust. That's a shame because cooking for yourself — really cooking, not just throwing the occasional fancy dinner party — is one of the most rewarding things anyone can do. It's pleasurable and it's healthful, and how many things can you say that about? And folks, it's just not that hard. Or, at least,...