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Cooking Fundamentals

From the Show: Talk Healthy Today
Summary: Anxiety in the kitchen is quite common and has led to many folks ordering in more often than utilizing the stove.
Air Date: 3/24/17
Duration: 22:25
Guest Bio: Patricia Wells
Patricia-WellsPatricia Wells is a journalist, author, and teacher who runs a popular cooking school, At Home with Patricia Wells, in Paris and Provence.

She has won the James Beard Award for The Provence Cookbook, Patricia Wells at Home in Provence, and Simply French. Also nominated for the James Beard Awards were Vegetable Harvest and The Paris Cookbook. Her other works include The French Kitchen Cookbook, Simply Truffles, The Food Lover’s Guide to Paris, The Food Lover’s Guide to France, Bistro Cooking, Patricia Wells’ Trattoria, l’Atelier of Joel Robuchon, and with her husband, Walter, We’ve Always Had Paris... and Provence.

The French Government has honored her as a Chevalier de l’order des Arts et des Lettres, recognizing her contribution to French culture. A former New York Times reporter, she is the only foreigner and the only woman to serve as a restaurant critic for a major French publication, L’Express. For more than 25 years she was the global restaurant critic for the international Herald Tribune.
  • Book Title: My Master Recipes: 165 Recipes to Inspire Confidence in the Kitchen *With Dozens of Variations
  • Guest Facebook Account: https://www.facebook.com/patriciawellsfrance?ref=hl
  • Guest Twitter Account: @patriciawellsfr
Cooking Fundamentals
Anxiety in the kitchen is quite common and has led to many folks ordering in more often than utilizing the stove.

However, Patricia Wells, author of My Master Recipes: 165 Recipes to Inspire Confidence in the Kitchen, there are some simple fundamentals you can incorporate to ease the burden.

Organization and preparation is key. Having everything together and ready makes the experience much simpler. There's nothing worse than starting a recipe and discovering you don't have all the ingredients. 

Also, the simple act of "cleaning up" keeps you calmer, more organized, and it may even allow your food to taste better. When your kitchen is a pig-pen, it makes you nervous and is reflected in your end result. 

You can take your dishes to the next level if you understand and differentiate various terms and techniques. Each of the recipes in Patricia's book teaches particular techniques -- blanching, searing, simmering, sweating, steaming, braising, deep-frying -- with additional recipes that take your skills in directions both savory and sweet, simple and profound... giving you the knowledge and assurance to expand your cooking even further.

Listen in as Patricia joins host Lisa Davis to explain some fundamental factors of cooking.


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