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8 Tips for the Beginner Cook from Anne Burrell and Rachael Ray

On Worst Cooks in America, the recruits arrive at Boot Camp clueless as ever, but it doesn't have to be that way for the home cook. If you're a beginner, read these invaluable tips from Anne and Rachael to sharpen your skills and boost your confidence.
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1. Make the Kitchen Welcoming

"Make it an environment you want to hang out in," says Rachael. Her ideas: "Fiddle with the lighting, burn a candle, have a cup of tea, glass of wine, put on your favorite mix."

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2. Get a Few Pots and Pans

"Don’t buy pot sets," Rachael advises, as they're often overpriced. And you may likely not need all the sizes "unless they’re mine, because I made big ones," Rachael adds, half-jokingly. Instead, build your equipment as you grow, and add more pots and pans as needed. Anne's idea: "Ask for them for birthday presents."

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3. Buy a Good Knife

"Learn how to use a knife," says Rachael. Anne recommends it be of good quality. And of course you'll need "a big cutting board," Rachael adds.

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4. Decide on What to Cook

"Don’t have it be the hardest recipe that you’ve ever tried," says Anne. Rachael agrees, saying, "Keep it simple." Starting small is a great way to build your confidence in the kitchen, Anne recommends. "Teach yourself to cook your favorite meal first," Rachael says.

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