is the art
, and hobby
of preparing food
for human consumption. The term is often used in the narrower sense of applying heat to chemically transform a food to change its flavor, texture, appearance, or nutritional properties.
Heating food has several uses.
It can sterilize the food (depending on temperature, cooking time, and technique used), in addition to softening the food by turning collagen
. A room equipped for cooking is called a kitchen
Because eating is a universal human drive, cooking is a nearly universal cultural feature. Specific techniques and ingredients are often regional. See Cuisine for information about the many regional and ethnic food traditions. Please see food writing for some authors of books on cookery, food, and the history of food.
Some major cooking (in the sense of transforming raw food with heat) techniques:
Other preparation techniques:
Vessels for cooking include saucepans, frying pans and woks.
For recipes, see the list of recipes and the list of cocktails. Also see staple (cooking).
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