The young woman got a little older, started working at a culinary school's restaurants, and completely coincidentally started dating aspiring chefs. And she started cooking less. And by the time she got married to a man who, while not an aspiring chef, just so happened to love cooking, she'd stopped altogether.
And then she further realized that back when she did cook, her repertoire was almost entirely vegetarian. Not because of some principled stance against meat, but because meat is expensive and the woman in question was and remains
So, she decided it was time to learn to cook. Again. Now with meat!
But where to begin? How to begin? She decided to drop the third person and appeal to her invisible readers:
Peeps, if you were going to tackle (re)teaching yourself to cook, what would you do? I'm not about to work my way through Mastering the Art of French Cooking; I just want to learn to roast chicken and make, I don't know, pot roast. Ham. A turkey dinner. Classic home cooking first. The French can wait.
But who to emulate? Julia? Martha? Mark Bittman? James Beard? Irma Rombauer? The dedicated food nerds at America's Test Kitchen? Elizabeth David? Ruth Reichl? MFK Fisher? Nigella Lawson? Saint Alton Brown? Where to begin?
Seriously. Where should I begin? Where did YOU begin?