Be­come a mas­ter chef

Bet­ter health starts in the kitchen, so it helps if you know how to cook – and there’s an easy way to do it. By mas­ter­ing the tech­niques in a hand­ful of sim­ple recipes, you’ll be pre­pared for any­thing in­volv­ing a knife and a pan. Grab an apron – it’s time

Men's Fitness - - Contents - Words Joel Snape Pho­tog­ra­phy Ben Back­house

You are what you eat – so we’ve gone to chef school so you can build a health­ier body by be­com­ing a bet­ter cook

“The non-cook is in a help­less po­si­tion,” says for­mer New York Times food ed­i­tor Ray­mond Sokolov, au­thor of How To Cook. “Much like that of a car owner who can’t change a tyre and has to de­pend on me­chan­ics to keep his car run­ning.” Movie di­rec­tor Robert Ro­driguez puts it more bluntly in his video recipe for puerco pi­bil, the slow-roasted pork dish fetishised in his film Once Upon A Time In Mex­ico: “Not know­ing how to cook is like not know­ing how to fuck.”

The point? By learn­ing to cook, you’ll be bet­ter equipped to prep healthy food from the sim­plest in­gre­di­ents, mak­ing it eas­ier to eat well with­out spend­ing too much time or money. And here’s the bet­ter news: cook­ing doesn’t have to mean squint­ing at end­less recipe books and buy­ing 15 sorts of fresh herbs you’ll never use.

Adam Gray (adamgray­, who’s ex­ec­u­tive chef at Bourne & Hollingsworth Group, the owner of a Miche­lin star and runs healthy cook­ing cour­ses, has se­lected the recipes you’ll find over the next few pages as the best ones to teach you the ba­sics of knife skills, in­gre­di­ent prep and cook­ing on the hob. Once you’ve nailed those, it’ll make ev­ery­thing else eas­ier.

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