Welcome to Cookery Nation
Cookery Nation is a website dedicated to making the art of cooking fun and easy for everyone. We are not just for those who already know how to cook. We aim to help teach the written as well as those pesky “unwritten” rules everyone already seems to know.
We present our recipes and resources in a clean and uncluttered environment free of excess distractions.
This site has been created with a few main groups of people in mind.
- People with executive function challenges: Traditional cooking resources are not constructed in a way that accommodates short term memory, organizational or time management issues. Cookery Nation is designed with this in mind and presents recipes in an accessible and clear format.
- Novice cooks: From college students just starting out on their own, to parents who had not learned to cook previously. Often, these people are intimidated in some way by the thought of cooking. We strive to remove that intimidation and make the learning process much less stressful.
- Experienced home cooks: Cooking is a life long learning opportunity and we aim to provide resources to continue learning new recipes and techniques.
Cookery Nation Features
Cookery Nation offers recipes, articles, and additional resources to make cooking more accessible and less stressful:
- Recipes with comprehensive step-by-step instructions and highly detailed pictures for every step.
- Checklists that act as reminders about things that need to happen before and after making the recipe.
- Detailed articles, many incorporating infographics, explaining basic and advanced cooking concepts.
- Recipes include additional information regarding their ingredients and cooking techniques.
- Printable kitchen resources, such as shopping lists, meal planners and labels, to help users keep organized and stay on track.
How Cookery Nation Started
The idea for Cookery Nation began quite some time ago after I made some realizations about my own cooking skills.
Here’s the back story:
I have cooked for most my life. However, just because I could cook, doesn’t mean that I knew how to cook. I was able to get by, because there was always a frozen whatsit that could be thrown in the oven.
But, in early 2013, I was diagnosed with celiac disease. Foods containing gluten, such as wheat, rye, and barley, were now strictly forbidden. As a result, my old meal repertoire of boxed mac and cheese, frozen pizzas, and other pre-packaged food was no longer permissible.
My only option was to get in the kitchen and cook from scratch. I soon came to realize how little I knew about cooking as opposed to simply reheating. Instead of just focusing on gluten-free food, I needed to learn how to cook.
Once I started mastering the fundamentals, I soon discovered an exciting world of flavours, ingredients, and techniques opened up that I had been missing out on all these years.
Looking back, the biggest stumbling block I encountered was finding resources to help me fully comprehend the cooking fundamentals I was lacking. In the end I realized that the hurdles I encountered would be magnified for those with less experience, or other challenges. These revelations spurred me to create a resource that would address this gap.
Cookery Nation is still in its infancy and we look forward to growing to meet the needs of our visitors. We love receiving suggestions, feedback and comments that will help make the site better for everyone.