“Six Basic Cooking Techniques”

We wrote a cookbook just for you!

Six Basic Cooking Techniques: Culinary Essentials for the Home Cook is a vividly-photographed cooking manual that has something to offer to every home cook, from the most beginner to the well-seasoned amateur. Written by HCNY founder, Jennifer Clair, it is the book version of the school’s most popular cooking class for 12 years running.

What’s Covered?

Detailed visual instructions (and recipes) to help you:

  •  Properly handle a chef’s knife,
  •  Cook meat to perfection,
  •  Create impressive pan sauces, and
  •  Prepare restaurant-worthy vegetable dishes (3 ways)

Plus, learn which certain ingredients really make a difference in a home kitchen (kosher salt, extra-virgin olive oil, and Parmigiano-Reggiano cheese, to start).

“Students Ask” sidebars throughout the book answer commonly-asked questions:
  •  “Is sea salt better than table salt?”
  •  “Can I use a garlic press to mince garlic?”
  •  “What kind of wine should I use for cooking?”
  •  “What is ‘extra-virgin’ olive oil?”
  •  “How do I know when meat is done?”

Look Inside

Browse through a few selected page spreads.

Read the Reviews

Press Reviews + Customer Reviews

Plus, Awards!

(we published this cookbook independently, so are particular proud of these recognitions!)

IPPY Book Award (Bronze Medalist; Cookbooks)

Indie Book Award (Finalist; Best Cookbook 2018)