COOKING & FOOD

100 Techniques: Master a Lifetime of Cooking Skills, from Basic to Bucket List

America’s Test Kitchen. Apr. 2020. 448p. ed. by ed. by America’s Test Kitchen. ISBN 9781945256936. $40. COOKING
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is based on the guiding philosophy: “We make mistakes so you don’t have to.” Framed around techniques rather than meals or ingredients, the recipes included run the gamut of flavor and cuisine, making this a great tool to develop cooking skills in new home chefs. Divided into three parts, the sections include: “Essentials Every Home Cook Should Know,” featuring techniques such as seasoning with salt, making vinaigrettes, prepping vegetables, prepping rice, and roasting; “Techniques You Didn’t Know You Couldn’t Live Without,” such as using aquafaba, brining beans, caramelizing onions, and cooking pasta in sauce; and “The Bucket List,” complex and aspirational techniques such as fermenting pickles the traditional way, smoking ribs with tea leaves, and baking and assembling a layer cake.
VERDICT Multiple recipes illustrating each technique allow for experimentation and different options to master each method. Perfect for newbies who want to impress or experienced cooks looking to level up.

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