Have you ever wanted to press the rewind button so that you could attend college all over again? For those of us who would be happy as career students, there’s an app for that — iTunes U. And, it’s free.
iTunes U offers a variety of courses and lectures presented by industry leaders. Take a statistics class from Harvard, an astronomy class from Yale or learn about knives with a Certified Master Chef. Culinary learning experiences range from basic technique classes to interviews with leading chefs.
If you’re looking for an introduction to culinary school, try the Basics of Culinary series by The Art Institutes. These videos range in length from one to 32 minutes on topics like basic knife skills, how to prepare and clarify a consomme or how to braise meat. You’ll also find a series of courses on preparing ethnic cuisine (Korean, Vietnamese, Indonesian, etc).
I’m ready to delve into the science and cooking lecture series by the Harvard School of Engineering and Applied Science. Here, guest lecturers include chefs like Jose Andres, Ferran Adria, Grant Achatz, Dan Barber, David Chang and Wylie Dufresne.
I’m also enjoying “Food Talks” by 92nd Street Y. Currently, there are six audio files in this collection. One includes a discussion with Anthony Bourdain moderated by Michael Ruhlman, another features an interview with Chef Marc Murphy.
I’m still exploring to see the extent of what is available on iTunes U, but I’m excited about this developing resource at my fingertips.
Have you found other courses or lectures of note? What else would you like to see?
–by Jenny Turknett, Food and More blog