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    Quote Originally Posted by Alphaeus View Post
    Also, let's be clear. I'm into cooking, and homemade (or otherwise well-made using good ingredients) pizzas can be some of the healthiest things you put in your mouth. Organic, millions of topping options, all natural -- literally anything healthy you can think of can be in or on a pizza, and taste wonderful. Creativity is awesome.
    But isn't the dough thing unhealthy? Something about it taking a lot of time to digest and stuff?
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    Quote Originally Posted by S.A. View Post
    But isn't the dough thing unhealthy? Something about it taking a lot of time to digest and stuff?
    Not really. That depends on the quality/type of flour used. Good quality pizza dough is actually one of the better breads you can eat from a health standpoint, and there are dough variants in California style pizzas that use ancient grains, sprouted wheat, etc.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Veir View Post
    Dude pizza is amazing. Buddy of mine actually won free pizza for a year a while back and we feasted for like 2 months lmao
    my best bud's family owns a greek pizza restaurant, and every day after school we would have like 6 dudes and we'd go to the restaurant and eat free pizza and hundreds of wings and play DnD and videogames on the TV

    for his birthday we came in at like midnight and just made our own pizza in the kitchen and fucked around with the ingredients and it looked like a fucking mountain with all the bacon and shit we put on it

    man, I'm nostalgic as fuck for that shit.

    He's a programming teacher at FSU now, life is weird man

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    Quote Originally Posted by Alphaeus View Post
    Not really. That depends on the quality/type of flour used. Good quality pizza dough is actually one of the better breads you can eat from a health standpoint, and there are dough variants in California style pizzas that use ancient grains, sprouted wheat, etc.
    That sounds delicious! Now that's the kind of pizza I'd like on my table. I'm interested in learning about cooking actually, was planning to start learning soon. Any advice?

    Quote Originally Posted by Cook View Post
    my best bud's family owns a greek pizza restaurant, and every day after school we would have like 6 dudes and we'd go to the restaurant and eat free pizza and hundreds of wings and play DnD and videogames on the TV

    for his birthday we came in at like midnight and just made our own pizza in the kitchen and fucked around with the ingredients and it looked like a fucking mountain with all the bacon and shit we put on it

    man, I'm nostalgic as fuck for that shit.

    He's a programming teacher at FSU now, life is weird man
    Sounds like it was great fun. Life is strange, indeed.
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    Quote Originally Posted by S.A. View Post
    That sounds delicious! Now that's the kind of pizza I'd like on my table. I'm interested in learning about cooking actually, was planning to start learning soon. Any advice?
    Sure!

    So, first advice is to get some good cookbooks/magazines. Personally, for someone starting out I would recommend getting the America's Test Kitchen cookbook. "America's Test Kitchen" is the same kitchen the turns out the highly esteemed "Cook's Illustrated" monthly magazine, and they do TONS of work. Reading that book is a great way to learn about all sorts of techniques, pairings, equipment, etc. They have whole pages of product reviews where they have tested, say, all types of blenders and found the absolute best one (and they typically do things for the AVERAGE budget of a home kitchen, not some fancy-schmancy shit).

    Once you feel comfortable in the kitchen with a variety of meals, the next thing I'd recommend is find a meal you like, and challenge yourself to replicate it. Keep doing this until you like your own cooking as well as restaurant food.

    The next big thing is get a good grasp on the quality of food, and where to get good stuff. Some things can just be bought at the local grocery without any worry and still be "good enough." For other things, however, dip into local culture. Find a reputable butcher. Find local farm stores/farmer's markets with good produce. Figure out the best fish markets for you, etc. Get connected with the places you get your food from...learn how to tell quality stuff from cheap stuff (there are TONS of books, magazines, websites, articles, etc that focus on this as well).

    The next thing I'd recommend, really, is find someone really good at cooking (doesn't have to be professional -- I know some "home cooks" who cook many times better than some "professional" chefs). Then, just watch them cook. Help a little in the kitchen, but the big thing is just watch (doing this in your own home or their home is optimal...restaurant kitchens are a whole other ballgame, but still fun). Pick up their techniques and wisdom.

    Baking, of course, is another matter. For that, there are some great resources. There is one book called "The Bread Bible" that's highly reliable and good for beginners. In light of our discussion of pizzas, my go-to book for that is The Pizza Bible by Tony Gemignani (11+ time World Pizza Champion, World Champion pizza-tossing acrobat, First American to ever win the Naples Pizza Competition, a judge of World Pizza Championships, etc).

    The biggest thing, really, is learning about cooking in general, but then finding your interests. If you just have a casual interest in cooking, then you can merely hone your interests without worrying about what you can't do. I, personally, found I loved cooking and went all-out with it, but that's just me.


    Also, feel free to toss any specific questions you have my way.
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    Awesome. Will definitely research and look more into all those resources you stated.
    I have a feeling I'll be serious regarding cooking because I love the whole idea of it - you get to create something which can be bettered and it fills your stomach lol.
    I'm also someone who loves perfecting his craft to the extreme, be it whatever. Currently improving my badminton skillz and want to beat everybody at my coaching center. YEAH >:D
    Quote Originally Posted by Alphaeus View Post
    Also, feel free to toss any specific questions you have my way.
    Will do.
    Thanks for taking the time btw, appreciate it.
    I'll keep the post saved for future reference.
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