Thanks to modern-day technology, you need not buy those expensive cook books in case you wanted to try out new recipes to serve your family. A lot of alternative means are now available within reach if you happen to suddenly take interests in cooking and aspire to be a self-taught chef. You can browse hundreds upon hundreds of recipes online for free, print them and bind them into a book and viola, you’ve got your own cookbook! You can also get those food magazine back issues for a much cheaper recipe source. Also, you can check out your local video shop and scout for discount dvd of cooking shows which you can watch at home in your own sweet time.
You are bound to be a good chef if you practice hard, it does not matter whichever medium of instruction you chose to be your sous chef.
Cooking shows inspire me to try out new recipes and continuously improve my cooking skills. And regular practice has indeed help improve my cooking so I practice it 3x a day…breakfast, lunch and dinner =)