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Gourmet Cooking: Teach Yourself the Basics

Jul 18, 2008
To many, learning the art of gourmet cooking might appear to be an impossible dream. But no matter what your present cooking skills are, this simply isn't the reality. There are numerous gourmet cooking techniques that you can practice to enhance your everyday cookery skills.

One way to learn these techniques is to take a gourmet cooking class, but these can be expensive and difficult to schedule.

The question remains then, how does one make gourmet cooking approachable so that you can apply it into your everyday meals?

Luckily, there are several things you'll be able to do that can facilitate learning gourmet cooking skills that you can easily use every day.

First off, you have to think of gourmet cooking in a realistic light. It doesn't mean expensive, nor does it mean rare or exotic. Gourmet cooking entails utilizing only the freshest ingredients that are of the highest quality.

An easy way to go about gourmet cooking is to examine the basic spices you use. For instance, a gourmet chef would never cook with garlic powder, bottled garlic, or any other type of garlic that wasn't freshly chopped. As well, a gourmet chef would never use dehydrated or bottled herbs. Only fresh herbs from the produce department of the supermarket would be considered.

Some ingredients in their freshest format will be more expensive than their processed counterparts. But you'll soon recognize that the cost difference isn't unreasonable, and it's still a good deal less expensive than dining at a restaurant. When you get used to gourmet cooking, you'll lose your desire to eat out. You will be capable of making scrumptious meals in your own kitchen. This way, you'll have even more chances to hone your cooking skills.

The quickest and easiest way to incorporate gourmet cooking into your everyday cooking routine is to improve the overall quality of the ingredients that you are putting into your meals. Then you will have to learn how to cook the ingredients correctly.

The best way to do this is to look through cookbooks. With these, you can learn the basics and learn at your own pace. Your local library should have many books dealing with cooking that you can use.

Your cookbook should cover all of the basics such as what types of knives you should use, how to make chicken stock, and how to clarify butter. All of these things are basic cooking techniques that can sometimes seem unapproachable because they are generally thought of as being gourmet.

Before long, you'll realize that gourmet cooking is a skill that anyone can learn. All it takes is some time and effort.
About the Author
Ashley King loves to experiment with gourmet cooking. For more great cooking articles, check out Cookbooks and Cooking at http://cookbookssite.com/.
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