13 Recipes Everyone Should Know How to Cook by Age 30

Jan 3, 2018 at 1:30 p.m. ET
Everyone should know how to cook these recipes by age 30.
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OK, so we're not teenagers anymore. Burnt toast and takeout pizza just won't cut it now that we're proper adults and expected to do proper adult things, like throwing dinner parties. Here's the good news: we don't need a fancy menu or the culinary skills of a Michelin star chef to cook our guests delicious food. Often, the best dishes are the simplest ones (and those Michelin star chefs would probably agree). 

By the age of 30, we should all have some basic, fundamental recipes in our skill set — for ourselves, our families and those last-minute dinner guests. The key is to start with recipes we love to eat, like a really great pasta dish, an exquisite chocolate cake or a stack of buttery pancakes. We'll love them even more once we've made them ourselves. And once we've mastered those, well, the sky's the limit.  

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1 /13: Pancakes

1/13 :Pancakes

2/13 :Salsa

3 /13: Basil pesto

3/13 :Basil pesto

4 /13: Tomato soup

4/13 :Tomato soup

5 /13: Grown-up grilled cheese

5/13 :Grown-up grilled cheese

6 /13: Pasta carbonara

6/13 :Pasta carbonara

7 /13: Fish tacos

7/13 :Fish tacos

8 /13: Baked salmon

8/13 :Baked salmon

9 /13: Spaghetti and meatballs

9/13 :Spaghetti and meatballs

10 /13: Mac & cheese

10/13 :Mac & cheese

11/13 :Curry

12 /13: Lasagna

12/13 :Lasagna

13 /13: Chocolate cake

13/13 :Chocolate cake