Learning how to cook can be a daunting task. However, if you focus on starting small, preparing your kitchen and building fundamental skills, learning to cook can be a fun and rewarding process.
When learning how to cook, it is important that you have some basic tools and ingredients that will be used throughout a number of recipes. Having a well-stocked pantry and kitchen should be the first step when learning how to cook. This includes stocking your pantry with staples such as salt, flour, sugar and spices. This also includes stocking your kitchen with at least one good knife, a cutting board and a basic set of pots and pans. Having a well-stocked kitchen allows you to focus only on the few items you may need from a recipe.
Next, practice building fundamental skills such as chopping or sautéing. Allow yourself to practice with a number of recipes and techniques, and do not become discouraged if recipes do not turn out on your first attempt. Learn from your mistakes, and remember what went wrong so that you can apply what you've learned to future recipes. Just like any other skill, learning how to cook takes time, practice and patience.