Finally getting around to making those Pinterest recipes you saved forever ago? We feel you. Though eating out is fun and takeout convenient, nothing beats the efficiency and personalization of cooking at home. The only issue is getting started.
Since we fully understand how hard it can be to go from foodie Pinterest board to straight-up Ina Garten status, we’ve gone ahead and highlighted seven essentials any starter chef needs. consider this your unofficial guide to fleshing out your kitchen (and your cooking expertise).
1. Learn to Cook: A Down and Dirty Guide to Cooking
We know, we know—cookbooks can be seriously intimidating. But the Down and Dirty Guide to Cooking does a great job catering to beginners. In this book, you’ll find more than 150 eye-catching recipes that’ll give the ones you found on Pinterest a run for their money.
Even better? Most of the recipes in this cookbook are easy to make and don’t require a ton of time. So the next time you get hungry, whip out this quick and dirty guide—you’ll be devouring delicious food in no time.
Learn to Cook: A Down and Dirty Guide to Cooking, $18 at Amazon
2. How to Cook Everything: The Basics
Another great-for-beginners cookbook, How to Cook Everything: The Basics will help you lay the foundation you need to become a culinary queen. Work through the recipes chronologically, and you’ll notice you’re building skills little by little—and challenging yourself a little more each time.
How to Cook Everything: The Basics, $21 at Amazon
3. 14-Piece Kitchen Knife Set
This knife set will have you slicing, dicing and chopping your way to kitchen success in no time. The 14-piece set includes knives for paring, slicing, cutting bread and more. Plus, there’s a professional sharpening rod to keep your blades working as they should.
14-piece kitchen knife set, $54 at Amazon
4. 22-Piece Cooking Utensils Set
Before you can start cooking, you’ll need something to cook with. And this deluxe set of kitchen utensils is just the thing you need to whip up your first masterpiece. The 22-piece set includes a whisk, vegetable peeler, cheese grater, slotted spoon, measuring cups, tongs and more.
22-piece cooking utensils set,$10 at Amazon
5. 15-Piece Nonstick Cookware Set
Now that you’ve got the books, the knives and the utensils, you’re gonna need some pots and pans. That’s where this 15-piece cookware set comes in. The starter kit includes pots and pans, as well as a handful of heat-resistant cooking utensils (nice supplements to the set you scored above).
15-piece nonstick cookware set, $60 at Amazon
6. Essential Cooking Skills
Now that you’re tangible basics are in place, stock up on intangible ones—like the knowledge you’ll gain from this Essential Cooking Skills course from Udemy. In a little under two hours of on-demand video, you’ll learn how to chop and blanch vegetables, butcher a whole chicken, make stock, create sauces, correctly cook eggs, prepare rice and boil pasta.
These basic techniques can then be used to create a whole range of dishes, meaning you’ll have exactly the skills you need to cook anything from everyday meals to that out-of-the-world gourmet dish you’ve been dreaming of.
Cooking classes, $10 at Udemy
7. Kitchen Basics
Another solid video course? Kitchen Basics on Udemy. The best part of these classes is that they’re geared toward beginners. For just $20, you’ll get more than two hours of on-demand video and 13 supplemental resources. (Like homework, but fun.)
Kitchen Basics class, $20 at Udemy
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