I'll be the first one to admit that I have 0.1 out of 10 creativity points when it comes to cooking. I'm just not adventurous enough with putting flavors together. When I do try, it's usually a complete miss. Mind you, I've only been trying to be good at cooking for about 6 months, before that I didn't care and before the not caring I lived with my family. I don't love to cook, but I like to cook and I need to cook.
When I try to look up a recipe on the internet, the results are endless. The first 10 web sites in the search contain completely different ingredient lists and measurements. Way too much information for me. Even just surfing the food web in general is very overwhelming. There is so much out there that I wouldn't even know where to start. I've tried random people-submitted recipes and most of them weren't that good. So how do you find a place which you can trust?
Cook books are a similar story. I bought a couple pretty ones in the beginning of my cooking journey. When I flipped through them I realized that there is nothing I can cook in there! Most of the recipes contained ingredients I've never heard of, too expensive, hard to find or too many ingredients in general. I didn't bother with any more books until I randomly checked out a couple Donna Hay cook books from the library. I learned about her from watching Masterchef Australia (possibly the greatest cooking competition show). Her cook books turned out to be a gift from heaven. Easy to follow, easy to cook, short ingredient lists and good to great results. Since then I swear by her recipes, but I haven't been able to find any other good authors.
Where do you go for recipes? Do you have trusted sources or authors?