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These 10 recipes could change your life - for the better. They'll give you confidence in the kitchen and comfort at the table. They'll help you win friends and influence people. Who needs social-media hashtags when you can make the perfect #tartetatin?
We're not talking about one-night-only showoff cooking, such as whipping up Peter Gilmore's snow egg dessert, or Tetsuya Wakuda's perfect confit of ocean trout. We're talking about recipes we should all know inside-out and upside-down, recipes our mothers should have taught us, and we should teach our children, and our partners. These are the mother recipes, the ones you want to cook time and again, the ones that pass on the skills, techniques and accumulated instinct that are the foundation of all good cooking.
Take the omelet. Everyone knows how to make an omelet, right? But the perfect omelet? That takes time - and a helpful recipe.
Ten recipes to change your life
Jill Dupleix nominates 10 recipes to take you through life. 'If you can cook these recipes well, you can cook anything', she says.
Photos by Marina Oliphant. Food styling and preparation by Caroline Velik
I've learnt from the best chefs and country home cooks and I've picked up a couple of tricks along the way. So although the recipes here are mine, I share them with a long line of wonderfully skilled and generous teachers from around the world. Each recipe comes with a tip from one of the greats - the sort of wise or helpful thing they might say if they were standing next to you in the kitchen.
If you can cook these recipes well, you can cook anything.
What do you think of the list? Is there a classic dish in your repertoire that you would add?