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Culinary Resolutions, Week 3: Learn the Cooking Basics

For many of us, today marks the first workday of 2013. But that's not all: it also happens to mark the beginning of our brand-new series, Six Weeks of Culinary Resolutions, in which, in an effort to improve ourselves over the course of the New Year, we master a different gastronomic goal each week.

Welcome to week three: by the end of this resolution week, we're going to make sure you've mastered the cooking basics. We've got your back on any cooking basic, whether it's bettering your knife skills or correctly pronouncing French food terms. What fundamental cooking elements could you use help with? Let us know below in the comments.

Required Reading
Kitchen essentials: cookbooks everyone should have
Master the culinary craft with technique-driven cookbooks

Shopping
The ultimate guide to seasonal produce
Your ultimate guide to buying seafood
Understanding basic stovetop cookware
When to reach for a nonstick, cast iron, or stainless steel pan

Kitchen Prep and Knife Skills
Knife skills to learn and master
Cut a mango — the right way
How to prep an entire crown of broccoli
Sharpen your knife skills with these 5 basic techniques

Cooking
Tips to make you a better cook
Crucial cooking techniques to know
7 Dos and Don't for Making Pancakes
Learn how to poach the perfect egg
Get to know the 5 French mother sauces
4 French techniques that aren't all that scary
How to cook spaghetti squash
The perfect dinner party menu for beginners
Prevent stovetop scorching with a heat diffuser

Baking
Bakeware essentials every kitchen needs
10 tips for beginning bakers
Common weight equivalents of ingredients

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