To cook well, you've got to know all the right moves.
Like a musician who runs scales or a basketball player practicing free throws, good cooking is built on a foundation of understanding good techniques.
America's Test Kitchen has 30 years of experimenting, understanding, and honing proper cooking techniques. Here, we've collected what we consider 100 of the essentials.
Master these, and you'll save time in the kitchen and your food will taste more delicious.
How to Use Learn These 100 Techniques
You don't need to go in order. Pick and choose the ones that interest you the most. (We did, however, break it out into three sections: beginner, intermediate, and advanced techniques.)
Each of these 100 techniques are laid out the same way:
- An explainer of why learning this technique will improve your cooking.
- Step-by-step photos illustrating key steps of this technique.
- Hand-selected recipes—rigorously tested and developed in our Boston headquarters—that show this technique in action.
Ready to become a better cook? Choose a technique and get cooking.