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20 Online cooking classes to satisfy your culinary curiosity

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These online cooking classes are perfect for busy moms on the go

If you're like most of us, you'd love to take some cooking classes, but life won't get out of the way. Modern technology to the rescue! These online cooking classes, many of them free, are perfect for people who need to learn new skills without leaving the house.

1. Top Chef University

This interactive course created by professional chefs and taught by former Top Chef contestants is a graded course that comes with a certificate of completion. (Top Chef University, $25/month or $200/year)

2. Learnist cooking classes

Learnist is an online school where you can go to learn about a variety of things. Some lessons are free, others are paid. Cooking classes can be found in both the how-to section and the food and drinks section. (Learnist, prices vary)

3. Vegetarian Cooking School

Vegetarian Cooking School brings you 12 lessons for cooking delicious vegetarian food online and a sampling of free videos online. (Vegetarian Cooking School, $97) 

Or sign up for the customized private lessons, which are shipped to you on DVD after a consultation, to get lessons filmed just for your specific needs. (Vegetarian Cooking School, $579)

4. Food Techniques

BBC has a nice selection of cooking videos for people with a variety of skill levels. Don't even know how to cut an onion? There's a class for that. But there are also classes on advanced techniques. (BBC, free)

5. Chef2Chef Cooking Basics Class

If you do better with text than videos, check out the Cooking Basics lessons, with two bonus advanced cooking techniques courses. (Chef2Chef, free)

6. Cooking with The New York Times

One of America's most popular newspapers, The New York Times, has launched an online cooking school with video lessons brought to you by one of its four chef instructors. (The New York Times, free)

7. Gluten Free Cooking School

Learn to make delicious gluten-free foods — even bread and pizza — with the Gluten Free Cooking School courses. (Gluten Free Cooking School, prices vary)

8. Dinner Tonight

Texas A&M has a variety of classes to teach students to make quick and healthy dinners. (Texas A&M, free)

9. America's Test Kitchen

America's Test Kitchen classes are a lot like Good Eats without the silliness (unfortunately), but they're very detailed and teach you the perfect way to make anything as tested (sometimes several hundred times) by the America's Test Kitchen chefs. (America's Test Kitchen, $20/month or $180/year)

10. Epicurious Online Cooking School

If you're looking for something a little more involved, check out Epicurious Online Cooking School. Each course features several hours of instruction separated into eight lessons. (Epicurious Online Cooking School, $49)

11. Allrecipes How-to Videos and Cooking School

Allrecipes has more than recipes. They also have literally hundreds of free videos to teach basic cooking techniques. Or you can check out their paid cooking school classes. (Allrecipes, prices vary)

12. Kitchen Chemistry

Most people associate MIT with building those crazy robots that rip each other apart in a ring, but they also post online versions of their real classes, including one called Kitchen Chemistry. (MIT, free)

13. Delia Online Cookery School

Delia Online features a host of cooking technique articles of varying levels of difficulty. Each lesson features step-by-step instructions with photos. (Delia Online, free)

14. Craftsy Cake Decorating and Food and Cooking Classes

Craftsy is an online learning site where students can buy classes in a variety of fun disciplines, including cake decorating and cooking classes. (Craftsy, prices vary)

15. Rouxbe Cooking School

Rouxbe provides courses in which students get lessons, practice recipes, exercises and more to help them learn to cook. A certificate of completion is provided. (Rouxbe, free)

16. Better Homes and Gardens How to Cook

Learn the basics in the cooking classes at Better Homes and Gardens. (Better Homes and Gardens, free)

17. Canadian Living Cooking School

These image-based cooking tutorials range from basic skills to advanced techniques. (Canadian Living, free)

18. Feast

Learn to cook in a month-long cooking bootcamp. This is literally a class for beginners, starting with classes in developing the habit of cooking, keeping the kitchen stocked and grocery shopping. (Feast, $49)

19. Nourished Kitchen online cooking classes

Nourished Kitchen has cooking classes for people who want to go back to eating healthy recipes based on whole foods. (Nourished Kitchen, prices vary)

20. Healthy Baking Bootcamp (gluten-, soy-, dairy- and sugar-free)

If you have a food allergy but don't want to live life without your baked favorites, check out this healthy online cooking class. (Real Food For Life, prices vary)

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