You learn to cook so you don’t have to rely on recipes — Julia Child

Julia is right, of course, but if you didn’t learn to cook when you were a child you have to start somewhere. I began teaching myself to cook when I was six or seven and received my first cookbook for my eighth birthday. I loved the process of cooking at least as much as the final results, and sometimes more so. It was the exploration of ingredients, the alchemy of transforming them, and my growing ability to make foods taste delicious that enchanted me.

If you want to become a good or better cook, my advice is to first become a good eater: savor your food, indulge your curiosity, be brave and daring, eat outside the box—both figuratively and literally. Get to know fresh foods in their own true season, rather than out-of-season foods from far away. Simple cooking will follow naturally and I’m here to help. This section includes the basic recipes every home cook should know by heart, along with techniques, recommendations for equipment, and more, with new posts weekly.

How to Peel a Tomato Recipe

How To Peel a Tomato

Most chefs and cookbook authors recommend plunging tomatoes into boiling water to remove their skins. This is bad advice and I urge you to dispense with this technique, as ...

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Carrots and vegetables on plate Recipe

Fresh Two-egg Pasta

2/3 cup semolina flour 1 1/2 cup unbleached all-purpose flour 3/4 teaspoon kosher salt 2 eggs, at room temperature 1 tablespoon water  

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Carrots and vegetables on plate Recipe

Brown Butter

What is it? Brown butter is simply clarified butter, also known as ghee, that has undergone more cooking until it develops a nut-like flavor, which is why it is known ...

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