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Knowing your way around the kitchen is vital

Knowing your way around the kitchen is vital

The best way to get better at cooking is to practice. You don't need to know your souffles from your frittatas, you just need to get stuck in and experiment a little.

With a handful of culinary spices at your disposal, you will be able to tackle most types of cuisine - it will be a lack of confidence that holds you back if anything. But as mentioned above, this can be overcome with practice.

Having said that, some cookery knowledge is necessary. You'll be forgiven if you don't know how to chiffonade basil for instance, but if you don't know where eggs come from you may have to go back to basics.

According to a recent survey by charity Linking Environment and Farming (known as Leaf), more than a third of 16 to 23-year-olds don't know that bacon comes from pigs and a similar amount were unsure of the origins of the ubiquitous hens egg - astonishingly 11 per cent thought eggs came from plants.

Commenting on the study, Leaf's chief executive officer Caroline Drummond said: "We often hear reports that our food knowledge may be declining but this new research shows how bad the situation is becoming."

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