Do you recognize the 5 signs of Mageirocophobia keeping you out of the kitchen?


If you have a fear of cooking, be assured, you are in good company. I have literally cooked for a 1000 people on many occasions and I've been fearful in those moments. But you don't have to let the fear of cooking keep you from learning how to cook like a chef. Honestly. In fact, learning basic cooking method can help you to eliminate your fear of cooking while you learn to cook!

The fear of cooking comes in different forms and one of the best ways for you to eliminate a fear is to understand the source of the fear. You may find out that your fear is much easier to overcome once it has a name. Overcoming your fear will not only help you to learn how to cook like a chef, but will allow you to eat better food. In my desire to help you to cook like a chef, I feel that it's necessary to explain the 5 sources of Mageirocophobia (fear of cooking).

Mage –iroco – phobia is the fear of cooking.

It can be the fear of cooking for a large group, which we all have, or cooking for two.

Fear of causing illness: The first fear of cooking revolves around the idea of how food may cause illness in those that you serve it to. Some of this has been accelerated out of proportion because of the "foodborne illness" stories that make headlines in the media. On the other hand, you may be someone that is actually more concerned about undercooking and poisoning someone. Please understand that this category of "fear of cooking" is easily overcome by understanding some basic cooking rules.

Fear of serving bad food: This fear of cooking is mainly associated with someone who is uncertain about their ability to cook like a chef in the first place. In fact, they may even doubt their ability to mix flavors or understand when an item is done cooking. This person will typically overcook or undercook dishes on a regular basis.

Over-perfectionist: This person's fear of cooking is a little less pervasive and less obvious. This person will fret about how their food looks or worry incessantly about how well their dish is received. They will sometimes display a heightened fear of dinner parties or providing enough variety for their family.

Fear of Cooking Process: This person is hypersensitive to the idea of potentially cutting or burning themselves in the cooking process. Their fear of cooking is obvious as they are also noticeably afraid of new techniques or techniques that they haven't ever used in their journey to learn to cook.

Fear of recipes: Recipes are complicated and full of ingredients that most home cooks don't use or have in their pantry which allows the fear of cooking to cripple their creativity in the kitchen. Another difficulty with recipes is having to have very precise measurements that may or may not work for the overall desired effect. What is the desired effect? Having people tell you that you cook like a chef.

The fears that are listed here are a big reason why I do what I do. I know that I can help someone to get rid of their fear of cooking by simply helping them learn to cook using simple cooking method. This method encompasses a more thorough understanding of how certain foods go together, how to create a meal without a recipe and stop worrying because you will cook like a chef!

About Chef Todd

Chef Todd Mohr is a Certified Culinary Educator who has empowered home cooks all over the world with the reliable, dependable, repeatable METHODS behind cooking that build confidence, generate creativity and enable anyone to cook with the ingredients THEY desire.

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