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Most ingredients in cooking are derived from living organisms. Vegetables, fruits, grains and nuts as well as herbs and spices come from plants, while meat, eggs, and dairy products come from animals. Mushrooms and the yeast used in baking are kinds of fungi. Cooks also use water and minerals such as salt. Cooks can also use wine or spirits.
Naturally occurring ingredients contain various amounts of molecules called proteins, carbohydrates and fats. They also contain water and minerals. Cooking involves a manipulation of the chemical properties of these molecules.

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  • A Make-Ahead Game Plan for the Ultimate Cinco de Mayo Fiesta
    This Cinco de Mayo, give your friends something to taco ’bout with a festive Mexican fiesta. Unlike a Thanksgiving turkey or an Easter ham, the food for this holiday doesn’t take all day to cook — in fact, you can even start to prepare the feast a few days in advance. Check out our game […]
  • Alternative Fries That Will Make Everyone Want to Eat Their Vegetables
    TGIF isn’t only for kicking off the weekend — any day can be fryday if you put your mind to it. Classic french fries are deep-fried until crisp, sprinkled with salt and devoured instantly, but other vegetables can be made equally craveworthy for side dishes with less guilt. Check out five of our favorite alternative […]
  • Feast Your Eyes on 4 Roasted Carrot Recipes
    Roasting is usually associated with the cold winter months, but as the temperature fluctuates and spring showers have us staying inside, it makes sense to crank up the oven. Bring out the natural sweetness in vegetables like carrots with a slow roast in the oven, allowing them to get tender and crisp while you save time […]
  • What Would the Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt Cast Eat If Trapped in a Bunker?
    Kimmy Schmidt is alive, dammit, and after breaking out of the bunker in Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt’s first season, she’s ready for more New York City adventures. Ahead of the Season 2 premiere (all episodes stream on Netflix beginning April 15), we caught up with the cast members to find out what they would eat if […]
  • 25 Ways to Use Asparagus
    Asparagus season is in full swing, but before you go grabbing bunches of it at the farmers market, take a look at some of our favorite recipes for inspiration. Asparagus is one of the most versatile vegetables, because you can eat it shaved raw in salads, chopped and cooked in brunch or pasta dishes or […]