The Art Of Cooking


Cooking is the artistic act of preparing food or dishes for eating and consumption. Cooking encompasses a very broad range of tools, methods and combinations of different ingredients to modify or improve flavor, appeal and food digestibility.

Cooking in general requires and involves the selection, combination and measurement of ingredients in an orderly manner or procedure to achieve a desired result or final product. However, successful cooking is hindered by a number of factors that may include the availability of tools, the pricing and accessibility of ingredients, and of course, above all, the skill and talent of the cook or the person cooking. Globally, the diversity of cooking reflects the myriad aesthetic, nutritional, economic, cultural, religious and agricultural situations, environment or considerations that may influence or affect it.

To cook, heat must be applied to food. The process will chemically transform the food, changing its flavor, its appearance, its texture, and of course, more importantly, its nutritional characteristics and properties. History have it that cooked food stuff, both animal and vegetable, in human civilizations from the ancient times used fire to cook food. Cooking techniques There a number of cooking techniques used by modern cooks to prepare sumptuous meals for guests and people. Because cooks have turned very systematic and exact or meticulous on procedures and ingredients, be aware that cooking has somehow turned into an exact science. It will be amusing to know that nowadays, cooking has also become a very important profession.

Around the world, lots of cooking schools and academies have proliferated. Lots of students and young people have changed their perspective of cooking and some of them even chose to make the activity or task a life-long commitment or profession. The art of cooking now has become more sophisticated. Five-star hotels around the globe has turned very requiring and particular about the food they serve their clients. There are a number of techniques on how people cook food the most common and the most advanced techniques will be described here. Read on. Baking is one form of cooking that has advanced through the years. It involves meticulous following of procedures and utmost attention and focus to the measurement of the ingredients.

Take note that when you cook, you have to be exact. Too much flour or egg yolk or sugar can ruin your project or recipe. Baking involves the use of the microwave for heat requirements. Boiling is the process when the raw food material is immersed in water and the whole thing is put up under fire until the water boils down. You know that boiling kills germs so this is a process where it is ensured that contamination in food is eliminated. People have devised ways on how to make food taste better through boiling. In the Philippines, there is a dish called ‘sinigang’ where raw meat of pork, beef or even fish is boiled with water. After the water has boiled, other food ingredients are added.

Frying is that kind of cooking where the food is cooked by immersing them in boiling oil or very hot oil. The oil temperature will do the cooking. Most fast food dishes are cooked. The most loved cooked foods include fried chicken, fried fish and other fried delicacies. It should be noted though that fried foods are oily and contains more cholesterol than other food cooked the other way.

Why Hand Craft Jewelry Is The Best


People who travel to African or Asian countries are always dazzled by the beauty of the local handcrafted jewelry and handmade jewelry array and the low-cost at which these are available. Most Americans instantly fall in love with this type jewelry and they are hooked on it forever. Many times, people who are gifted such souvenirs become fans for life, too. Did you know that such jewelry is indeed a great thing to buy for many reasons? Here are the top five:

1. Beautiful and unique beyond any possible description in words – each of these handcrafted things are superb. You can see the love of the artisan reflecting in it. Each piece of jewelry is a celebration of life and is unique and heart touching beautiful. Every time you wear such jewelry you would love the admiring glances it would attract, which further goes to prove that you are wearing something too beautiful for words.

2. Match with anything and everything – you could wear such jewelry at office as you could wear it on formal occasions and at parties. There is no place or occasion where this type jewelry would not fit in perfectly. The elegance it exudes always adds a little grace and extra beauty to the apparel you are wearing and it can match your accessories with ease, for example a high end leather handbags made in Italy.

3. Encourage artisans – the people who create these lovely pieces of jewelry in almost all cases, live in abject poverty. When you buy their work you support in your little way an artisan somewhere across the continents. Many artisans have renounced this art because it can not afford them a living anymore. Left with no option, they migrate to become mere wage earners struggling for their livelihoods in various cities. From proud artisans they are reduces to mere menial workers without any dignity of labor or pride in their work. Buying their wares would ensure that this art lives on.



4. Environment friendly – you are doing your little bit for Mother Earth when you buy these artisan wares. Artisans use age-old practices that are completely environment friendly. All the material used in making these jewelry are biodegradable unlike the plastic and other synthetic stuff regular custom jewelry are made out of.

5. It saves an ancient art from dying – when you buy this type jewelry you are creating a demand for it and in turn people who have passed this art on from generation to generation would be motivated to continue to nurture and promote this art. It is a pity that many such ancient arts have died a slow death because the artisans could not support themselves any longer with the means they earned form it. When you buy these pieces of jewelry you are helping this art survive a little longer.

All the good that you would cause by buying this jewelry the fact remains that when you buy it, you get something of high value both in quality and beauty; and that itself is reason enough to seek out and buy these masterpieces whenever and wherever you can.

The Art Of Making Music


Mixing is an art and not a science. Professionals spend a considerable amount of time mixing a song, simply because it can make such a big difference.

How did we get to this state in the evolution of music technology and performing arts?

A song which hasn’t been mixed very well stands almost no chance at all nowadays to reach the charts. Times have changed. In the 70s and 80s a song didn’t necessarily have to be mixed well, as long as it had a good melody and a well known vocalist who sang. A song could even sell just because that $25,000 sampler was used, which only studios could afford.


All that changed during the mid and late 90s. As equipment got cheaper, everyone could record a song in their bedroom using a computer, a few sound modules and a decent sound card. As more people could produce professionally sounding tracks, the competition intensified. And the requirements got higher. Everything had to sound extremely professional, simply since it was possible from a technical point of view. Consequently, the overall mix was given more attention. The advantage of using expensive equipment was gone, so if you could produce a good mix, you had an advantage over those who couldn’t. And that’s where we are today.

One of the most successful producers of pop music, boasting dozens of songs on the top ten charts all over the world, said in an interview that he spends approximately one week mixing every song. So even professionals, who actually know how to produce music need to sit down with every song that they produce to check what needs to be done in the mix.

No song is similar to another, because the complexity of the mix will depend on which instruments the song makes use of, how much bandwidth each instrument occupy of the frequency spectrum and if there are instruments which compete for the same frequency spectrum interfering with each other.

In addition a mix might contain mostly non velocity sensitive synthesizers which don’t add much dynamics to a mix, while another song might have a number of instruments which change very much in their dynamics. In the latter case you’ll have to spend more time getting these instruments to fit into the mix without destroying too much of their dynamics, a fine art which takes time to learn.

The fine art of mixing covers territories, such as levels, panning, filters, in which order to do things, compression, reverbs, effects in general, vocals, cymbals, adding punch, send or insert effects, commercial styles, listening to the end result, mixing down and much more.

If the levels aren’t right, the listener will judge the recording as unpleasant, if he or she doesn’t know exactly what’s wrong. It’ll be just a feeling they have.

Wrong panning can create problems in certain situations, listening to a recording in headphones, which has a strange panning, will be unpleasant too.

Too much treble on certain drums sounds won’t work. A common trick is to reduce the treble on the snare drum and increase it on the hihats, but it also depends on the genre.

Instruments that haven’t been compressed jump up and down in the mix. When it comes to producing a commercial mix; to make use of compressors, this is one of the most important factors.

Too much reverb can drown the instruments in a mess which makes it hard to separate the instruments or even individual notes of an instrument. Limited use, or even absence of, reverbs can make the mix sound sterile and artificial (although sometimes that’s actually a desired effect).

Vocals might need perhaps simple or de-essing filtering to remove bass regions. Or you might want to boost the middle region to push the vocals closer to the listener in the mix, without raising the overall volume.

Cymbals which are mixed to high can disturb the overall impression of the song. Usually, the cymbals are subtle, used as a kind of foundation for the remaining instruments.

Almost all commercial music nowadays make use of compressors to add punch. Most drum sounds are compressed and often the other instruments are too.

There are plenty of tricks to consider. We have already revealed a few ones in this article. You might want to read a book on mixing if it sounds exciting. Or search the Internet for mixing techniques or mixing tips. A good source of information is