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Start Here: Instructions for Becoming a Better Cook

Written by

Sohla El-Waylly


02 November 2023

Who’s the author? Sohla El-Waylly is an American chef, recipe developer and video producer who you might recognise from the vast array of food columns and video series she writes and stars in. She studied at the Culinary Institute of America and trained at various restaurants in New York, including Atera and Del Posto. Previously an assistant food editor and featured YouTube presenter for Bon Appétit, Sohla went on to collaborate with Andrew Rea on his Babish Culinary Universe YouTube Channel, before featuring in shows on the History Channel, New York Times Cooking YouTube, and HBO Max’s The Big Brunch, as well as writing a weekly column for Food52.

What’s it about? With more than 200 recipes for every day and every occasion, as well as endless tips and advice, Start Here is the ultimate one-stop resource for anyone looking to start their culinary journey or level up their cooking skills. The technique-themed chapters, including “Temperature Management 101,” “Getting to Know Dough” and “Break it Down & Get Saucy,” are packed with practical advice to help you master the fundamental skills needed to become a better and more inventive cook. You will also find plenty of easy-to-follow sweet and savoury recipes for every occasion with all manner of recipe variations ensuring there is something for everyone.

Recipes we love: Crispy Skinned Salmon with Radishes and Nuoc Cham, Charred Lemon Risotto, and Masa & Buttermilk Tres Leches.

Perfect for: Absolute beginners and experienced cooks alike.

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Sohla El-Waylly on how to taste and season your food

In this extract from her cookbook Start Here, Sohla El-Waylly shares tips on how to hone your tastebuds and season your food to perfection.


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