Startup Library: Cooking (DVD + Streaming)


Item: W0220Q


Newbie in the kitchen? No problem! Chef Celeste Rogers covers the basics of good cooking in this beginner’s class. From knife skills to must-have tools to time-saving tips, you’ll find everything you need to cook with confidence.

NOTE: If you’d like to purchase only the DVD for this class, you may do so through this link. (Please note, any class PDF materials are not on the DVD itself. You must have streaming access to download those materials associated with the class.)

Class Sessions

Gear Up: Knives (07:29)
Get started with a crash course in knives. Celeste explains the top four you really need for kitchen greatness.

Knife Skills (20:52)
Up your knife game as Celeste shows you how to slice, dice and more.

Gear Up: Pots (02:12)
Celeste breaks down the different types of pots and how to pick the right one depending on the job.

Stocks (07:52)
Stocks are a flavor base for many dishes. See how to make the best chicken, beef and vegetable stock to elevate your food’s flavor.

Sauces (16:55)
Who doesn’t love a good sauce? From pan sauce to roux-based sauce to béchamel and good ol’ gravy, find out how to make incredible toppers for your dishes.

Grains (10:27)
There’s a wide array of grains out there and lots of ways to cook them. Learn how to cook everything from classic rice to a party-stopping pilaf to the ultimate creamy risotto.

Gear Up: Pans (02:41)
Ever wondered what the difference is among cast iron, stainless steel and nonstick pans? Celeste goes over the pros and cons of each, and how to choose the right one to create impressive dishes.

Sauté (15:46)
Sautéing is different from frying. It leads to beautiful browning and rich flavor. Learn how to sauté both proteins and vegetables to perfection.

Gear Up: Accessories (05:34)
There are tons of kitchen tools and accessories to choose from, so how do you know what you really need? Celeste shows you which ones are worth investing in and which ones to skip.

Frying (12:37)
How do you achieve the perfect fried food that’s crisp on the outside and tender inside? From pan frying and deep frying to safety tips, Celeste has got you covered.

Roasting (11:20)
Roasting is a tried-and-true method for creating flavorful, aromatic dishes. Celeste teaches you how to perfectly roast chicken, fish and beef every time.

Gear Up: Electrics (03:54)
Get the inside scoop on what to look for in blenders, immersion blenders and the incredibly popular multi-cooker.

Slow Cooking & Pressure Cooking (08:25)
Traditional braising and using multi-cookers are both great ways to turn inexpensive cuts of meat into soft, delicious goodness. Discover the best ways to braise and use a multi-cooker to serve up mouthwatering meals.

Steaming & Poaching (13:00)
Steaming and poaching are easy, healthy ways to cook oil-free, but food can become bland if done incorrectly. Learn the tricks to steaming, poaching, and packet cooking to create flavorful meals.

Your Instructor

Celeste Rogers
Celeste Rogers is a chef, recipe developer, food writer and a Food Network “Chopped” champion. Celeste left medical school for the Culinary Institute of America and has since cooked professionally for over 10 years across North America. She honed her skills at America’s Test Kitchen, where her work appeared in Cook’s Illustrated magazine, on NPR radio and PBS TV as well as in various cookbooks and ad campaigns.

Bonus Materials

Startup Library: Cooking - Recipes


How will I receive my DVD class?
Your DVD will be shipped in the mail using the address you provide at checkout. Your purchase also includes access to a streaming version of the class and downloadable PDF class materials. After your purchase, you can find your streaming class and your PDF class materials by logging into your Craftsy account using the user name and password you established.

How do I access the companion materials for my DVD class?
Come to and log into your account using the username and password you set up when establishing your Craftsy account or purchasing your DVD. In your “My Account” area, select the “Classes” content. On this page, you’ll see all classes you’ve purchased from Craftsy. Simply select the desired class from your content list, and you’ll be presented with your selected class page. From the class page you can easily view, download or print the companion class materials, which are in the “Bonus Materials” tab on the class page. You can log in any time, and download or print the companion materials as many times as you like. Companion class materials are not shipped in the mail with your DVD, and must be accessed on

How do I stream my class on
Come to and log into your account using the username and password you set up when establishing your Craftsy account or purchasing your DVD. In your “My Account” content, select the desired class. Stream the video on-demand from the class page any time you like; your viewing access is unlimited. You can stream your class from any computer, tablet or mobile device with Internet access.

Do I have to purchase a Craftsy Membership to get my class?
No, you do not. Every DVD purchased on includes both the physical DVD in the mail and unlimited on-demand streaming access at These benefits are yours with or without a Craftsy membership.

Are DVDs included in a Craftsy Membership?
No, they are not. DVDs can only be purchased on an individual basis and are not included in Craftsy memberships. For non-members, DVDs are a flexible way to purchase only the classes you love best. For members, DVDs are a great choice to build an at-home library you can keep forever and enjoy any time, with or without Internet access.

Do you ship internationally?
Yes, we do ship most physical products, including DVDs, to several International destinations. In addition to the USA and Canada, we ship to Australia, Brazil, India, Israel, Mexico, New Zealand, South Africa, and most Western European countries. If you live outside these countries, you can still purchase digital items including memberships, individual streaming classes, and pattern downloads.

Do your DVDs work on international players?
Yes, our DVDs should be compatible with any DVD player in use today. All our videos have been created with all current Region Codes (1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, and 8). If you have trouble viewing a DVD purchased from, please contact Customer Service.

What is your return policy?
We want to be sure you’re satisfied. If you have trouble playing your DVD, if the content is not correctly presented on the DVD, or you are dissatisfied with the content of your class, we will work with you. Contact Craftsy customer service via email or phone. Upon your request, and upon your return of the DVD to us, we will refund your purchase price or send you another DVD to replace a damaged or incorrect DVD, whichever is your preference. If you do receive a full refund, your streaming video class will also be removed from your Craftsy account, so on-demand video access will no longer be available to you.