Help Me Learn the Basics of Buying and Cooking Meat

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Q: I was vegetarian for 16 years. Now I am in my mid 30s and have no idea how to cook simple proteins such as fish, or meat, or even chicken. I don’t know how to clean or buy meat, and I have no idea where to begin. Can you suggest a few recipes that I can try that are descriptive enough for a “reformed vegetarian” such as myself? I don’t eat a lot of meat, but I would like to know how to cook a few simple, healthy basics.

Sent by Jenny

Editor: Jenny, this is a big topic we’d like to cover more extensively in the future, but for now, here are a couple of how-to tutorials from our archives that show clearly how to deal with a cut of meat:

Readers, what else would you recommend for Jenny?

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