For some people, food is medicine. Food can act as medicine for serious or minor medical conditions. For others, it is just for sustenance. Food may have a medicinal purpose or it may be there for a decorative effect.
Food as medicine, especially in the form of a recipe, has become extremely popular in recent years. A recipe for lasagna is one example of this. A quick search on the internet reveals thousands of recipes for all kinds of comfort food, from classic favorites like chicken fingers and spaghetti to the latest fad items like comfort food lasagna.
The most common goal of these recipes is to use the least amount of cooking time possible to create a dish that provides as little preparation as possible. This has led to the use of shortcuts in recipes and the mixing of ingredients in ways not possible in other types of cooking. However, some cooks are discovering that adding ingredients in random ways can bring out or conceal the qualities of the food, turning something bland and flavorless into something delicious and interesting. Using the wrong combination of spices can also lead to unpleasant tastes in the end product.
Some chefs have developed their own versions of a recipe design. For instance, many cooks have learned to use certain combinations of ingredients to give specific results. Certain combinations of ingredients can produce certain tastes or aromas or other things that are important in cooking certain dishes. However, the best way to learn how to use a combination of ingredients to get the results one wants is to read through a recipe and then practice experimenting with those recipes. Once a person has developed a great technique with a recipe, he or she can begin to apply that same technique to other recipes.
Food written recipes date back to ancient days when gladiators and athletes would prepare their meals on their own. The techniques they used varied depending on the type of dish they were preparing. For instance, if a Roman athlete needed to cook a meal that would keep him from becoming weak, he would add salt to his dish or milk to his drink. The dish would then be cooked in an oven and when it was done, the salt or milk would be removed to prevent from being affected by any acidic properties in the stomach of the eater. This is what we know today as the word, “apicius”.
Early English cookery recipes were composed of very simple recipes for foods that are still popular among cooks today. These were written in medieval style cookery manuals that often only included very simple instructions. They served to teach the people who would come to a country house or town house some of the basics of civilized dining. Food written recipes have had more detailed instructions and recipes in modern times. Modern cooks have taken these recipes and have improved them over the centuries. Modern recipes include everything from appetizers to main dishes and desserts.
The English cooks that wrote these recipes were more concerned with providing people with food that was tasty and nutritious than that they had to avoid being affected by the properties of the spices or the other ingredients they used. They learned to cook by trial and error from experience rather than from theory. Moderns have improved on this basic principle and now anyone can learn how to cook using one of the many different modern recipe books available. Whether you need a basic recipe book for soups, stews, or desserts you can find one to match your taste and your pocketbook.