Discusses 7 Important Cooking Tips For Beginners

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Following an article published by the Houston Chronicle,, an online directory of culinary schools in New York, discusses seven tips that could help beginners improve their cooking skills., an online directory of culinary schools in New York, discusses seven cooking tips for beginners and how they can begin their career in the culinary industry.

According to a January 8th Houston Chronicle article titled “Here Are 7 Cooking Tips Every Beginner Needs to Know,” cooking is a life skill that every person should learn. However, many people find it intimidating. With a few simple ground rules, most people can learn to cook good food in a short period of time.

Andrew Girard, a representative from, says cooking doesn’t have to be hard and it can be very easy to learn with some basic lessons. The article offers 7 tips that can help beginners become more confident in the kitchen.

1.    Use fresh ingredients. “Fresh ingredients typically taste better and cook the way you want them to,” Girard says. “Generally, fresh produce is more expensive, but the taste will be worth it.”

2.    Remember to sharpen knives. “Keeping sharp knives will help cut down prep time and make it easier to slice those meats and tough vegetables,” he explains.

3.    Add some lemon juice, lime juice, or vinegar to bland dishes. “Sometimes all food needs is a dash of acidity,” Girard says. “Adding a hint of lemon, lime or vinegar can really make a difference in taste.”

4.    Start simple and advance to more complicated meals. “Don’t start by cooking a five-course meal,” he says. “Begin with a simple soup or chicken dish. From there, you
can build up your meals and then move on to baking.”

5.    Lay out all ingredients before starting. “Try to stay organized,” Girard explains. “Laying out all your ingredients will help shorten the cooking time.”

6.    Be sure to use oil and butter to enhance flavor. “Don’t neglect olive oil or butter,” he says. “These fatty substances help enhance the flavors of other foods.”

7.    Don’t overload food with seasonings. “Be sure not to over season food,” he says. “Go light on the seasonings to ensure that all flavors are present instead of just one.”

Girard says amateur cooks looking to improve their skills should look into taking cooking classes or enrolling in a culinary school. “If you’re really enthusiastic about cooking, you should take a class to harness your skills and learn more about different cuisines,” he says. “ is the best resource when looking for a cooking school or culinary class.” is the leading source for information on culinary degrees, culinary schools and cooking programs. Maintained by, a popular resource for job seekers and employers, helps prospective chefs, teachers, restaurant managers and culinary students find schools, jobs, and programs best suited for their needs. is an affiliate of, a similar directory featuring the top art schools.


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