Help - Are there any good DVD's to learn to cook?
I love cooking, but to be honest...i dont really know what i am doing. I have been a big foodtv fan since it came on the air. You would think that i have learned something...but not really. I do a pretty good job of just winging it and throwing stuff in the pan, but i would really like to learn how to really cook and learn the techniques to make nice dinners. I have a bunch of cookbooks and recipes, but i just dont feel like i do them justice and they dont really "teach" you "how" to cook. I was wondering if there are some good dvd's that walk you through making some dishes and learning cooking techniques. I know there are a million+ cooking dvd's, but i am looking for something that i know is good at teaching...not just fluff.
Thanks a ton for any advice.
Look up anything by Jacques Pepin (especially the PBS shows). "Fast Food My Way" is great. He stresses technique over recipe. Worth watching just for his mad knife skills. "The Complete Pepin" is another one worth having.
"Julia and Jacques" is also excellent - both of them dissing each other in good humour.
Speaking of Julia Child. The original and highly innovative "The French Chef" shows are now available on DVD. This is the show that started it all.
There are also many, many videos available on-line. Just Google what you want. Don’t forget to add “video.” Here are a couple of examples.
“make a pie crust video” http://www.pbs.org/juliachild/tricks/...
“decorate a cupcake video” http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=MWfAd7...
“make stuffed cabbage video” http://www.marthastewart.com/recipe/s...
Jacques Pepin's whole technique series is available on DVD. Check out the pbs website in San Francisco. That's the station where his shows originate.
I got them for my sister last Christmas, and she uses them all the time.
America's Test Kitchen (Cook's Illustrated) has produced several seasons of excellent cooking shows where they brake down simple dishes and try to improve them. The show is a lot of fun, very relaxed and their solutions are always interesting. If you watch their episodes you will learn a lot about classic dishes, methods, kitchen products and more. The show usually airs on PBS on Saturdays, however you could get the seasons on dvd - check your local library, there's a good chance they might have them.
Awesome idea. ATK at the library! I wholeheartedly agree with the ATK idea itself -- can't tell you how many great ideas I've gotten from it. If you can't find it at the library, check your local PBS affiliate's lineup. ATK is on at 3:00 every Saturday here in Louisville, KY! :)
Alternately, Good Eats DVDs are probably available your local megamart, to use an Altonism. Good Eats would be one of my first suggestions for a new or inexperienced home cook because it's thorough, unpretentious, and practical.