Leiths: How to Cook (Quadrille, £30, published Sep 12)
If you’re serious about cooking, Leith’s is the place to learn. Originally founded by Prue Leith (you may remember her from the beeb’s ‘Great British Menu’), the year-long, £20,000 diploma can set you up for a career in food. If that seems a bit extreme, you can join short ‘enthusiast’ courses or, even better, arm yourself with this guide to essential kitchen skills and classic recipes, which are all broken down into step-by-step tutorials. Best of all, you won’t have an instructor breathing down your neck as you attempt to julienne your carrot, so if you cut your finger off (as has happened), no one needs to know.
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