We really don’t know what we are doing most of the time but luckily a lot of resources exist for us to double-check ourselves before something bad happens.
Here are the resources we find ourselves using time and time again:
Epicurious is a fantastic online resource for recipes. One of the great things about it is that the recipes have ratings and reviews so it’s easy to figure out which lasagna recipe is the most popular and what sorts of tips, tricks and variations people have tried and had success with.
Alton Brown does an amazing job explaining how to cook from a painlessly scientific perspective. Yes, there are recipes inside but these are not just cookbooks. If you are like most people, then knowing why something happens will help you to remember what to do (or not do) in the kitchen. Also, he is pretty funny.
I’m Just Here for the Food: Food + Heat = Cooking by Alton Brown
I’m Just Here for More Food: Food x Mixing + Heat = Baking by Alton Brown
Rocco Dispirito will teach you Italian foods. Between the two of us, we eat a lot pasta and pizza and Rocco is helping us do that better.
We use YouTube all. the. time. To learn basic techniques and then become a master, turn to this resource and see how to do things.
EATING & GATHERING FOOD WELL
I know, I know. Even if you haven’t read his books then you have at least heard his name: Michael Pollan. I hate to beat a dead horse but you really should read a word or two this guy has to say. Right now we are working on two of them but he has many.
The Omnivore’s Dilemma: A Natural History of Four Meals by Michael Pollan
In Defense of Food: An Eater’s Manifesto by Michael Pollan
We eat meat but Jonathan Safran Foer doesn’t and, still, this book is friendly to omnivores. Get inspired to learn more about where the creatures you eat come from and where to go to get ones that were treated well while they were alive.
Eating Animals by Jonathan Safron Foer
…more to come!