Food preparation at the Naval Air Station, Whidbey Island, Washington state

The following outline is provided as an overview of and topical guide to the preparation of food:

Food preparation is an art form and applied science that includes techniques like cooking to make ingredients fit for consumption and/or palatable.

Essence of food preparation

The process of food preparation includes selecting the ingredients needed and correctly handling ingredients to produce the components of a meal.

General food preparation concepts

Preserved food

Cooking techniques

Cooking with dry heat

KitchenAid Stand Mixer in action
Baking bread at the Roscheider Hof Open Air Museum
Roasting, medieval illuminated manuscript (Tacuina sanitatis casanatensis 14th century)
Cooking with charcoal on a barbecue grill

Cooking with wet heat

Water and other liquids

Frying with oil

Other food preparation techniques

Chemical techniques

Mechanical techniques

Cooking tools



Main article: List_of_food_preparation_utensils

History of food preparation

International cuisine

Seafood gumbo, an example of Cajun cuisine

Main articles: Global cuisine and List of cuisines

A sample of some cuisines around the world:

General ingredients

Decorated bread loaves
Olive oil
A platter with cheese and garnishes
Japanese silken tofu (Kinugoshi Tofu)
Lamb cutlets
Eggplants, also called aubergines.

See also

Thai Kaeng phet pet yang: roast duck in red curry


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