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There are little things that you pick up along the way in the kitchen—small tricks and lessons that subtly change the way you cook. Things that make you feel brave and confident and curious and excited! These, says cookbook author Julia Turshen, are the small victories. They're what her cookbook, Small Victories, which comes out September 6th, is all about.

As Julia sees it, a small victory can be anything: In her recipe for Buttermilk and Pimentón Fried Chicken, there are four: a buttermilk soak that both provides flavor and tenderizes the chicken; a cornstarch dredge that makes for a super-crunchy crust; a shallow-frying technique that means less oil (and less mess); and a handy-dandy splatter screen that keeps the oil in the pot.

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Next up: We want to see want your small victories look like. And we want you to show us on our (Not)Recipes app!

Here's how to do it:

  1. Sometime before August 31st, take a photo of a recipe or tool or trick that's made you a smarter cook.
  2. Post it to the (Not)Recipes app and tell us how you made it.
  3. Hashtag it #f52victories—and click through the hashtag on the app to see what other cooks are submitting.
  4. Share it on social media and encourage your friends to favorite it in the app! The app post with the most likes will win our a signed copy of Small Victories and a Staub French Oven. (Lucky!!!)

Need a little inspiration? See what else the community's posting to the app!

Tags: julia turshen, small victories, food52 app, not recipes