|Red velvet cupcakes from a modified recipe|
Then you go to websites like YouTube that can lead you step-by-step through recipes and techniques if its something more advanced, or even if you run into trouble during the process.
All of these sites, and more I'm sure, have made learning to cook and bake more accessible to people, as it offers a different way of understanding. It allows for creativity most people don't even know that they have, in an area they might not believe they could be capable in.
Another thing these websites do is create a type of collaboration that didn't exist before. People can go on a recipe and comment on what techniques they used to make the process easier, or even ingredients they added or changed that improved the result. In the days that cookbooks were the only resource, there was no two-way communication on how to better the recipes or make them easier for novices. Its a great way to get other perspectives and make the best creation possible, or multiple variations of a creation.
Learning to cook from the Internet won't make you a world renowned chef, but it will definitely get you started.
Have you ever used a recipe from the Internet? Did you change anything or view the comments for extra help?