Understanding ingredients  – how to select, store and prepare them, is the very foundation of all cooking wisdom. More than half your success in the kitchen depends on the ingredients you use.

What cuts of meat are best for grilling? How do you know your eggs are fresh? What’s the difference between baking soda and baking powder? Why is vanilla so expensive?

Our basic ingredient profiles will not only answer questions like these but will provide all the essentials the home cook needs to know. Our more in-depth articles explore the history, culture and science behind the foods we eat. Whether you’re a seasoned-cook or just starting out, there is always something to be learned about ingredients.


You only get out of cooking what you put in.
For the very best results,  start with quality, fresh ingredients.