You'd never get very good at skydiving if you were missing the information about parachutes, altitude, gravity, and carefully following directions. The falling part you'd get immediately. That would be about it.
Cooking is pretty much the same. It's not particularly complicated. It just gets ugly when you have no clue what you're supposed to be doing.
Women have a tradition. They take all the important cooking bits, and share them with each other, and even pass them down generation to generation, while most of us are out back trying to think up clever things to do with sticks and rawhide and pigskin. The result is, we have fantasy football, and they feed the world.
Then one day, we're put in front of a stove, and dinner is expected to magically appear.
The Tool Shed has all the basic, important cooking things you need to know, but nobody bothers to tell you, because they assume you should already know it. I mean, who doesn't? Go through them in order for Dad's! Boot Camp, basic training for kitchen survival.
Or, check the recent notes below, the index to the right, or use the search box to look for something specific, like, how to tell if it's done, what tastes good, or damage control.