So you want to know how to cook! And you're starting from scratch. (Unless Top Ramen counts?) Your kitchen consists of a college mug, one big bowl that you use for cereal, and a frying pan that's kind of...flaking? The task of stocking a kitchen, let alone cooking in it, seems insurmountable.
We're here to help. In honor of our Dansk Kisco Dinnerware, the starter dinnerware set to rule all starter dinnerware sets (it packs four 4-piece place settings for less than $80!), we've gathered a little rah, rah, rah for you, in the form of twelve basics for your kitchen and table.
But first, the Food52 team rounded up our best, most basic cooking advice. And we're talking basic. Six words basic. Presenting:
Our Best Most Basic Cooking Advice in 6 Words or Less
Read the whole recipe first.
Read it again.
Recipes are guidelines, not gospel.
Never use dull knives.
Don't be timid with knives.
Bring meat to room temperature first.
Garlic goes in everything.
Low and slow.
Kosher salt, not table salt.
Salt as you go.
Taste as you go.
Wet potatoes, hot oil, no good.
Herbs are not just garnish.
Let yourself “fail”.
Worst case: order pizza.
Good company makes the whole process even better.
(You got us, the last one is eight words—but it's a really good one. And be sure to share your own 6-word advice in the comments!)
Our 12 Best Most Basic Kitchen & Table Staples
A sturdy goes-with-everything dinnerware set. Neutral, muted shades can mix and match with just about anything else. Buying a set gives you the advantage of setting yourself up with small plates, large plates, and bowls, all in one fell swoop.
Multi-purpose, clean-lined glassware. A 12-ounce glass is versatile for water, juice, and beer—or mix in some shorter and taller to accommodate wine and milkshakes. Because wine and milkshakes are very important, too.
Now it's your turn. What would you recommend for the beginner cook to stock in their kitchen?
Then tell us your best, most basic cooking advice in six words or less. Go!
A New Way to Dinner, co-authored by Food52's founders Amanda Hesser and Merrill Stubbs, is an indispensable playbook for stress-free meal-planning (hint: cook foundational dishes on the weekend and mix and match ‘em through the week).