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Help Me Become A Better Cook

snax | | Oct 13, 2009 03:46 AM

I am somewhere in between a beginner and an amateur cook. I learnt basically nothing from my parents, a little from school, and a decent amount from the internet and books. What I really want to do is to fill in the gaps (at least the basic ones) so I can move on and be a confident cook.
Cooking for my dad was to buy the cheapest cut of meat, fry it, and have it with a side of boiled potatoes. As for my mother, well her cooking was eating deli goods such as dips etc and then going out for a coffee.
Even with a lot of research on the internet I find that I just lack basic knowledge and confidence.

For instance;
I know how to make an excellent lasagne (which takes about 5 hours)
I velvet the chicken when making sweet n’ sour chicken
I know how to test an egg for freshness

But I have never and would have no idea how to:
Poach an egg
Deglaze a pan
Roast a chicken or lamb without using a Glad Oven Bag
Make bread crumbs

I’ve got my eye on three books that I’m hoping will cover the very basics of cooking, food safety, techniques, buying food etc
- How to Cook Everything
- Where's Mom Now That I Need Her?: Surviving Away from Home
- Joy of Cooking

Can anyone recommend any additional reading texts? Also as an Australian I’m used to terms such as minced meat not ground meat, Kilograms instead of pounds, and “throw another prawn on the barbi” so I hope the books are still going to be beneficial to me.

Thanks in advance

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