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I am a home cook and wanna learn proper techniques to up my cooking skills. I cook for 2 most of the time and I will order a new Japanese knife, too!

 

I have the app Top Chef university which shows lots of techniques for 20$.  Didn't buy it yet, I want you guy's opinion first!

 

Also, by learning techniques I will be able to know what to buy to upgrade my set depending on what I cook most.

 

I have a SS fry pan, non-stick fry pan, non-stick WOK, various non-stick sauce pans. I cook on an electric based oven.

 

Thanks in advance,

 

Alex

post #2 of 14

Alex,

 

Go online to youtube

 

 

Type in search terms such as:

 

cooking videos

recipes

Chef techniques

 

and keep going from there.

 

eHow, about.com, and many other how-to websites have libraries of videos (both on youtube and on THEIR websites)

 

Happy Hunting!

post #3 of 14

Here is a great video playlist that I've suggested to a few friends before: http://www.youtube.com/user/67Miloud/videos?view=1&flow=grid

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post #4 of 14
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Thank you very much! That playlist is exactly what I needed!

 

Do you guys know about Mr. Ruhlman's book about Ratios? Is that how most cook works, using ratios and principles? How are you taught to go with your thought process in the kitchen?

 

Thanks again,

 

Alex

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I learned ratios, principle and my thought processes by studying techniques and cuisines first. Then from there I have developed my own "instinct" which I believe most cooks do. Imitation of dishes you've seen or tasted in real life is the best way to get started. Have a favourite burger from your local burger joint? Try to duplicate it from the meat to the sauce. I believe that is a great way to learn.

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post #6 of 14

Here is something to look at:

 

http://www.youtube.com/user/StellaCulinary

post #7 of 14
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Thanks Lucas and Brian! What I needed!!!
post #8 of 14

Yes, Youtube can be a great source of information and entertainment.  With a little practice you get a feel for what information is actually close to reality.

 

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post #9 of 14

Youtube is great. Especially knife skills (there are one or two shitty vids out here too. Best watch several). It was also where I learned how to use a stainless steel pan the correct way so stuff won't stick.

 

One of the best sites for systematic learning is www.jamieshomecookingskills.com. There is a great collection of knife skill videos and vegetable prepping videos on there, also lots of tutorials and recipes (his sauce bolognese doesn't compare with Gordon Ramsay's though). http://www.jamieshomecookingskills.com/skills-specific.php?skill=howto-videos

 

Also check out the vids by Laura Vitale, she knows what she is doing and is fun to watch (easy on  the eyes too). Plus she uses a knife that is almost as tall as she is :lol: big point in her favour for a knife nut like me.

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Haha! Thanks! Great suggestion guys! Lots of science and basic skills to learn!

 

I am more interested in the principles, aromas, cooking techniques than actual recipes so that is perfect!

 

Keep it coming I am THRILLED!

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Yup, come visit us over at http://www.stellaculinary.com we're always happy to have new faces!

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post #13 of 14

If you are looking for videos - search for Jacques Pepin - great explanations of basic techniques to be found there. Also, his books.

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Yup, come visit us over at http://www.stellaculinary.com we're always happy to have new faces!

Thanks alot! Downloaded a lot of your videos on itunes 

 

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If you are looking for videos - search for Jacques Pepin - great explanations of basic techniques to be found there. Also, his books.

 

I stumbled on him, nice videos I really enjoy them. 

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