Learn How to Cook: 11 Skills Every Amateur Chef Should Know

If you’re just getting started in the kitchen, you may feel overwhelmed or intimidated, but remember that cooking is like anything else: The more you practice, the better you will become. Feel like you’re too far behind to ever catch up? It’s never too late to tie on that apron and learn how to whip up a chunky flavorful soup or cheesy baked enchiladas. After all, Julia Child didn’t learn how to cook until she was in her 50s!

When you’re new to the world of pots and pans, paring knifes and strainers, and peelers and spatulas, start by mastering these beginner cooking skills. From there, build your foundation and expand your culinary repertoire by experimenting with dishes and recipes that interest you. Here are the basic building blocks every amateur home chef should learn.

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This story was originally published in 2016 and updated in 2017.