America’s Test Kitchen Cooking School

Discussion in 'Food & Cooking' started by kaneohegirlinaz, Apr 11, 2013.

  1. kaneohegirlinaz


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    I Just Like Food
    I got an email this morning from Cook’s Illustrated/America’s Test Kitchen, offering a 14 day trial. 

    A comment made by one of the folks who has already signed up for this online course, that it doesn’t matter your skill level, we can all learn something new.

    I love Cook’s Illustrated; I watch the TV programs as well as subscribe to the magazine. 

    I noticed that CI is a sponsor of Chef and was thinking if anyone else here has seen this and have considered this program? 

    Any thoughts?
  2. kuan

    kuan Moderator Staff Member

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    Retired Chef
    Keep in mind that it is yourself who is doing the learning.  If you can read, you can learn.  All they are doing is reformatting information for you.
  3. boar_d_laze


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    Even though I'm not familiar with that particular program there are some generalities which may help you decide whether you want to participate or not.

    Every time you put your shoulder to the wheel and try to improve your cooking skills, you will improve your cooking skills.  What could it hurt?

    It's one-size-fits-all video instruction.  You have to ask yourself if you're the type of person who benefits from that or not.  "Some people like it, others not so much.  The first lesson is "knife skills," a subject poorly suited to the one-size-fits-all approach, one which particularly benefits from the opportunity to ask questions as well as instant feedback from someone observing as you struggle to unlearn bad habits and incorporate good ones.  If you try that lesson and it really helps you, you've not only improved your knife skills but discovered how well you learn from video pedagogy.     

    The first month is free, so why not?  Just make sure to cancel before the subscription is "automatically" assigned to your credit card.  

    There are other, relatively inexpensive, but in-person ways to learn.  Consider the "Free University," community college, "adult education," and classes offered by cooking equipment stores.  There you not only get live instruction, but the opportunity to interact with other people.  Another nice thing about "live" cooking classes, you get to eat.

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