Whether you’re a newly married couple, a working parent (married or not), about to have your first child, or if it’s simply time to move out of your parent’s home and live on your own, cooking will be a part of your daily routine. Regardless of culinary experience, people of all levels quickly learn that without the proper tools and ingredients, even the best of cooks can falter. And knowing how to use and care for food and equipment properly is just as important as knowing what to buy and where to find it. The information on tools and ingredients contained in this section will be very helpful to the novice cook setting up a “bare” kitchen, and also to the more seasoned cook who may be delving into unfamiliar culinary territory. Whenever an unfamiliar tool is requested in any of the recipes you find on this website, please refer to the following equipment section before making a purchase. (If you’re getting married, I suggest printing these pages out to help you when making selections for your bridal registry.)
After the section on Kitchen Equipment for Great Home Cooking, you’ll find a Kitchen Jargon section, which explains culinary terminology and various procedures that are commonly referred to in my recipes. Finally, since the best meal in the world will taste even better in beautiful surroundings, I’ve included a section on Tips for the Table to help you entertain with grace and ease.