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Cooking Basics For Dummies, 5th Edition by Bryan Miller, Marie Rama

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Chapter 22

Ten Ways to Think Like a Chef

In This Chapter

arrow Discovering techniques for success

arrow Remembering to save those chicken bones

arrow Building dishes from the bottom up

In observing and interviewing many chefs, we found a consensus among them about how to progress as a cook. The ten points in this chapter reflect their thoughts.

Know the Basic Techniques

Cooking is so much more fun — and successful — when you approach it with confidence. Chefs say that confidence arises from knowing your techniques so well that they’re second nature. Part II is chock-full of information about the basic techniques you need to know.

Use Only the Freshest Ingredients

Use only the freshest ingredients and buy in-season fresh fruits and vegetables. Seasonal produce offers the highest quality at the lowest price. Why make an apple pie in the summer from mealy fruit held in storage all year when you can make a pie with fresh, ripe peaches or juicy plums? Let what’s fresh and available at the market help you spontaneously decide what’s for dinner. And definitely seek out farmers’ markets in your area.

Get It Together

So much of cooking, even for professionals, is preparation — slicing, peeling, dicing, and ...

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