- Be careful what you google when looking for a dish. There are no editors or recipe testers for this information so you are better off with cookbooks and magazines.
- Look at the season of the year that the recipe is intended for. Summer? Focus on sweet and salty flavors with an acidic backbone. Winter? Smooth and silky is the way to go with luxurious textures and flavors.
- Get yourself a go-to handbook that you'll always have by your side during your kitchen battles. I recommend "The Food Lover's Companion" and "The New Professional Chef". Both can be found on amazon for cheap.
Good luck and good cooking!