The Basic Gourmet

100 Foolproof Recipes and Essential Techniques for the Beginning Cook


Learning to cook can be like learning to ride a bicycle. Since kitchens don’t come with training wheels, lots of people skin their knees in the process of getting started. The Basic Gourmet comes to the rescue with a wealth of valuable tips and simple techniques that make cooking both fun and productive.

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Dinner Guest

The gamification of cooking

Earning points

Most of the time with cooking and eating, the rules are clear.

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First Person

The secret sharer

A father’s legacy

The Culinate Interview

Mollie Katzen

The vegetarian-cooking pioneer


Down South

Barbecue, tamales, cocktails, and more

Local Flavors

A winter romesco sauce

Good on everything

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