.. it's the only way to learn. Getting burned once in a while is good, and learn from mistakes. That's how we learn, right? We take the test, and then learn the lesson. This, I think, is the same when it comes to cooking. Even though there are millions of cookbooks around, you'll never learn how to cook if you don't try it yourself. At first, you'll be cooking not-so-extraordinary dishes, but along the way you'll learn how to create amazing food. Through experience. That's the only way.