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Learn to Cook Ethnic Food at a Cooking School

Aug 17, 2007
One of the most exciting things you can learn at a cooking school is how to cook ethnic food. Ethnic food is a delicious treat, a break from the usual fare, and most people have at least one or two favorite ethnic cuisines. Unfortunately, ethnic restaurants can be expensive, especially if you would like to enjoy your favorite ethnic food more frequently.

The solution is, of course, to learn how to make your own ethnic food. Buying an ethnic cookbook and diving right in is overwhelming for most people, however: Cookbooks do not always do a very good job of explaining how to prepare a dish, as well as what goes into it. A better approach is to take classes at a cooking school. You will learn to not only prepare your favorite ethnic food, but also all of the little tricks of the trade that will make it look and taste more authentic.

Here is a sampling of ethnic foods that you can learn to make at your local cooking school:

Italian Cuisine
Italian food is an American favorite; almost every home you walk into will show its influence. Hardly any American pantry is without at least one box of pasta, and pizza and spaghetti are the favorite dinners of many picky children. There is a lot more to Italian food than pepperoni pizza and spaghetti, however. Your local cooking school can teach you how to make a variety of Italian pasta dishes, delicious sauces, and unique types of pizza.

Asian Cuisine
Not very long ago, Chinese restaurants were the only type of Asian food you could commonly find in America. In recent years, however, Asian cuisine has become more popular; Asian restaurants now offer sushi and other Japanese fare, Thai cuisine, and Vietnamese food, as well as the traditional Chinese. With popularity, though, has come an increased price. Fortunately, Asian food is not difficult to make, and can be learned by taking classes at a good cooking school.

Mexican Cuisine
Mexican food has also become popular in America, and the number of Mexican restaurants is increasing exponentially. Like Asian food, though, it is important to remember that these dishes are things that some people make in their own home on a daily basis. Cooking classes can teach you the techniques you need in order to make authentic tacos, burritos, enchiladas, and other traditional Mexican dishes.

Cajun Cuisine
Cajun food is like virtually no other ethnic cuisine. A traditional Louisiana cuisine, Cajun blends a variety of interesting tastes and savory spices, creating unique dishes such as gumbo and delicious desserts such as bananas foster. Surprise your family and delight your guests by learning to make this distinctive ethnic food at home!

Mediterranean Cuisine
Mediterranean cuisine includes food from Italy, Greece, and the Middle East. The special combination of tastes makes these dishes unique, but they are surprisingly easy to make at home. To learn how, sign up for classes at a high quality cooking school.

Indian Cuisine
Indian food has been gaining in popularity in recent years. Unique blends of spices make Indian cuisine aromatic and flavorful. There are several different regional varieties of Indian cuisine, including Madras (South Indian) style, North Indian style, and Tappas (Street Food) style. Classes at a cooking school will teach you how to find and combine the ingredients to create these distinctive dishes.

These are just a few of the exciting types of cuisine a cooking school can teach you to prepare. Ethnic food makes an exciting change from the typical fare, but it can also be fun to learn how to prepare these unique dishes. Whether you want to improve your marketability as a career chef or just learn to cook something new for yourself and your family, a cooking school can introduce you to many interesting ethnic cuisines.
About the Author
Andy West is a freelance writer for The Culinary Institute of Virginia College. Culinard offers two outstanding culinary programs. For information on Alabama cooking schools, please visit http://www.culinard.com .
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