This summer, I would like to start to learn how to:
1. Cook fish well.
I am about to buy Fish Without A Doubt. I like that it has a focus on sustainable seafood. What I would like to do is learn to cook a variety of fish - whole and filleted - in a variety of ways. I especially need to learn to cook fish to the correct doneness. I feel like when I cook fish, I either overcook it or I destroy it digging into it, trying to figure out how done it is.
2. Cook chicken well, and maybe quail, cornish game hens, etc.
Really, I have the same problem with chicken as I have with fish: I cook it but it isn't that great and I don't really don't think what I make has been very interesting or good. Though I do like to roast chicken or chicken parts with olive oil and herbs.
3. Make sauces to go with the above.
I am thinking of buying Peterson's Sauces. Can somebody with experience with this book tell me whether you think it'd be a good way to build some sauce-cooking skills and also compliment my poultry and fish cooking goals?
Lastly, would a 12-inch clad stainless steel fry pan be good pan for most of my fish-cooking needs? I have to buy new cookware in the next few months, so I thought I might start my venture with a new pan. My roommate has a cast iron skillet that I really like, but It's a bit on the small side. Plus, is stainless steel better for making pan sauces?