More Ingredients, Glossaries

Garbage in, garbage out. So true of cooking. The qualityof ingredients is paramount to quality dining. And there are subtle but important differences among salts, vinegars, oils, flours, and so on. In this section we will try to explain the differences.

"If olive oil comes from olives, where does baby oil come from?"

Morton's Kosher Salt
Salt is the single most important flavor enhancer of them all. Period. This tiny water soluble rock reduces the taste of bitterness, balances... read more
Barbecue definition
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olive orchard
Despite their bad press, oils and fats are essential to support life. Your body needs them. You cannot live without them. They do far more than clog... read more
oil and vinegar
I'm a vinegar fan. She wields a painfully pleasurable whip. Some men collect Playboy magazines. I collect vinegars. There are typically a dozen or so... read more
Dario wearing hat
Lean in and I'll tell you the most important secret to eating well: Get to know your butcher. That's my favorite butcher wearing an read more
Mushrooms unwashed, washed and soaked
There are hundreds of mushrooms suitable for cooking, but you should never eat a mushroom you find in the wild unless you know exactly what you are... read more
sage leaf
Meats and veggies often taste great unadorned. A great ribeye steak or a filet of fresh Chilean Sea Bass need nothing more than a little salt and... read more
Grated Parmesan
Parmigiano-Reggiano (pahr-mih-JOHN-o red-gee-YAH-no), properly called "The King of Cheeses" in Italy and prosaically called parmesan in this country... read more
tradizionale balsamic on a spoon
A decade ago only restaurant chefs knew about balsamic vinegar, and today the most mundane supermarkets stock several brands as well as a growing... read more
yeast sponge pizza dough
Yeast is a living fungus, Saccharomyces cerevisiae, and it is everywhere in the air. Yeast eats carbohydrates, farts carbon dioxide, pees alcohol,... read more


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