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Culinary Resolutions, Week 3: Learn the Cooking Basics

Jan 14 2013 - 4:25am

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 [1], 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 [2]
Master the culinary craft with technique-driven cookbooks [3]


The ultimate guide to seasonal produce [4]
Your ultimate guide to buying seafood [5]
Understanding basic stovetop cookware [6]
When to reach for a nonstick, cast iron, or stainless steel pan [7]

Kitchen Prep and Knife Skills
Knife skills to learn and master [8]
Cut a mango — the right way [9]
How to prep an entire crown of broccoli [10]
Sharpen your knife skills with these 5 basic techniques [11]

Tips to make you a better cook [12]
Crucial cooking techniques to know [13]
7 Dos and Don't for Making Pancakes [14]
Learn how to poach the perfect egg [15]
Get to know the 5 French mother sauces [16]
4 French techniques that aren't all that scary [17]
How to cook spaghetti squash [18]
The perfect dinner party menu for beginners [19]
Prevent stovetop scorching with a heat diffuser [20]

Bakeware essentials every kitchen needs [21]
10 tips for beginning bakers [22]
Common weight equivalents of ingredients [23]

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