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I like cooking and I love to try different meals from international cuisines. So finding the ingredients for different cuisines might be expensive (no need to mention all those kitchenware) and it requires hard-work. And sometimes you just don't like the original recipe and want to tweak it in a way you like. Trying different recipes and different versions multiplies the expenses and so forth time. So do you have any suggestions for amateurs?

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closed as too broad by Aaronut Sep 15 '13 at 16:44

There are either too many possible answers, or good answers would be too long for this format. Please add details to narrow the answer set or to isolate an issue that can be answered in a few paragraphs.If this question can be reworded to fit the rules in the help center, please edit the question.

Sorry, but I think this question is too general. The answers depend completely on your budget, what ingredients are locally available, seasonality, your level of skill/experience, attention to detail, how sensitive you are to taste, which cuisines you're trying and the perishability of ingredients... please try to be a lot more specific and maybe we can be more help. – Aaronut Sep 15 '13 at 16:44
I don't think this is too too far from a good question; you might want to have a look at Good Subjective, Bad Subjective for some tips on ways to ask questions like this. I hope you'll come back and add some more detail about what you're trying to do and the problems you're running into, so we can reopen this! – Jefromi Sep 15 '13 at 19:28
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This question is very, very general so I am not sure how to provide a clear answer. here are some thoughts:

  • Take a cooking class or series. You may have to provide ingredients, but equipment (the major investment) is usually provided. See also: What should I look for in a cooking class?

  • Cook with a friend, and share the costs.

  • Look for dishes of the common people. Many cuisines are full of inexpensive dishes that were the staple of ordinary people. These are often vegetarian or use meat products minimally.

  • Pick a cuisine you are interested in, and explore it more thoroughly. This will let you invest just once in its common signature pantry ingredients.

  • If your cuisine is ethnic (particularly, at least where I live, Asian or Mexican), find a local market specializing in that cuisine. They may have the staple ingredients very economically.

  • Get a dog. Very few mistakes go to waste with a dog.

(Okay, the last one probably won't work.)

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But isn't garlic toxic to a dog? Where garlic is an essential condiment in most foods. There is a point of contention about it. IMO, big dogs should be able to handle garlic but not small dogs. But NEVER feed any dog chocolate or grapes. – Blessed Geek Sep 15 '13 at 13:49
@BlessedGeek It was a joke, don't feed the failures to a dog. – SAJ14SAJ Sep 15 '13 at 13:55

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