What Is the Best Way to Learn Kitchen Basics?

published Jul 21, 2014
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Q: I feel like I have no natural ‘sense’ when if comes to cooking meals. And I’ve put no time or real effort into learning before now.

What are the best books or online courses to use to learn those fundamental concepts that good cooks just seem to know…

…that would elevate me from hack to actually making tasty food that we would enjoy, not merely tolerate?

Sent by Kris

Editor: Anjali picks her 5 most useful cookbooks here, check them out:

Also check out our ever-growing list of step-by-step Cooking Lessons, which cover a lot of basics that are helpful to know by heart.

Last but not least, stay tuned for The Kitchn’s own Cooking School, coming to you this October!

Readers, what cookbooks or online courses do you recommend?