Teachers tell their students there’s no such thing as a stupid question (trust me, there is). But the real issue? The simple questions that aren’t asked. Questions so essential that the success of a dish often depends on them. So, I’ve prepared a short video covering the most basic detail people should ask when preparing a plate of pasta:
How much salt should I add to the pasta water? Sounds trivial. But getting it right is critical to making any pasta dish taste delicious. And there’s no hope if you miss the mark. None. You’d be surprised what some experts are telling you (or not telling you).
So what’s the moral of this story here? Details matter. What we do at The Northwest Method is to compile the key questions you should be asking so you can develop an eye for details, and a nose and palate for evaluating them. When we teach—either in-person or online—we break the content into bite-sized portions to make it easier for you to grasp those vital details. Instead of glossing over them, we highlight them. In The Northwest Method Handbook, the companion book to our courses, we go into even greater depth on the what, how and why of everything we teach.
Tomorrow, Jonathan will show you another detail worth paying attention to. Without it, cooking is basically a chore. And not to sound overly dramatic… but… we believe it will change your life. Talk soon,
Co-Founder and Co-Curator, Northwest Culinary Academy of Vancouver and The Northwest Method
P.S. Fundamentals 101 is available now. If you want to get in on the ground floor and change the way you perform in the kitchen, please consider joining us.