One of the secrets to becoming an accomplished home cook is to master the classic cooking techniques. When you do, you will understand the how's and why's of cooking and which methods work best for particular types of foods. For example, roasting is a dry-heat method that is most effective for cooking tender, well-marbled cuts of meat, such as a beef rib roast. Tougher cuts like beef round and chuck are ideal for stewing, a technique that involves long, slow cooking in flavorful liquid to achieve tenderness.
Here you'll find information about three classic techniques—roasting, stewing and pan roasting—plus recipes that feature these cooking methods.