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Sauce Guide

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A Guide to Mother Sauces and Beyond

A good sauce can take a meal from mediocre to spectacular, but sauces can also be incredibly intimidating. We'll all heard stories of sauces simmering in large stockpots in restaurant kitchens for hours, sometimes days on end. While that kind of prep is a little extreme for home cooks, understanding sauces and how they are made can really elevate your cooking.  

This guide is full of basic knowledge about the Mother sauces (think of them as the building blocks of all sauces) as well as modern versions and the sauces chefs actually use today. 

In our How to Make Great Sauces, you'll get:

  • Tips on making the classic Mother sauces, plus a slew of modern sauces, 
  • Lots of step-by-step videos showing you how to make each sauce, 
  • Essentials for making stock,
  • Recipes that have been tested for years in our cooking classes,
  • and additional resources to get you started with sauce-making at home.

Whether you want to learn how to make a quick pan sauce to drizzle over steak, a simple tomato sauce for pasta or an easier-than-ever Hollandaise sauce, you'll master them all with the help of The Chopping Block's How to Make Great Sauces.

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