Nobody really uses recipes
At least not in the way the normal person thinks about it
Recipes that give you 27 steps and incredibly specific instructions to follow are just not sustainable....
Especially when you're cooking 3x meals EVERY single day
This is why I've always said techniques > recipes
You're far better off learning TECHNIQUES that transfer over across dishes, that allow you to cook on the fly
Simply learning the fundamentals of a good sear helps you cook everything from fried eggs to steak to a filet of fish
Sure, recipes act as a safe bet against uncertainty in the scenarios you "need" recipes — say you want to impress someone, or you're cooking for 500 people in a restaurant
But if you’re just cooking for fun? You’ll enjoy the process so much more by just getting a rough idea of the crucial elements of your dish and taking a swing at it.
Randomly crack some pepper. Add salt as you wish. Tweak the recipe based solely on what herbs you have available. Combine different flavors, try something new!
Nothing removes art from cooking like constantly having to refer to a recipe list and worrying about the smallest details.
You don't learn how to cook by simply following recipes
You learn how to cook by actually being in the arena, constantly iterating and experimenting as you go
"COOKING IS A PHILOSOPHY,
NOT A RECIPE"
— MARCO PIERRE WHITE