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Just wondering if anybody still uses recipes or do they just cook from memory?
I do both. If it's baking, using a recipe is always a good idea. Baking is chemistry with applied heat! With the exception of biscuits and bread (which I make so often that I KNOW the recipes) I use recipes for baking.
For most dinner type meals, I usually forgo a recipe or read one and then do it my way. If it's something new, I'll read the recipe and then make it my own (usually by first removing any dairy products)
When I first learned to cook, I learned almost exclusively by reading recipes. I was clueless and had never cooked before, nor seen anyone other than my grandmother or aunts cook (my mother wouldn't bother to cook... then blame it on my father... made no sense)
I started getting cookbooks from the library and reading them as soon as we got our house. I learned quickly and am a pretty good cook, now. Before I was in my early 20s, I had no idea what to do with food. Most of what I had eaten came out of bags, boxes and cans.