Think Like A Chef (Clarkson Potter; Reprint edition (July 18, 2012), 2007)

Think Like A Chef is one of my favorite books of all time. You can get it in paperback, Kindle, or hardcover formats.

This book will allow you to really think about food differently. You will go from following recipes to cooking from the heart.

The Simplest Way To Add Flavor To Your Pasta

When you are cooking pasta, whether it be fresh or dried, the best way to add flavor is to salt your cooking water. Your cooking water should taste like the ocean.

This will provide a nice base for you to add flavorings down the road.

fresh raw pasta

From David Ragusa courtesy of

Also… Keep some of your pasta water after cooking. It can be used to help correct the consistency of your sauces.