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Learn culinary techniques and more on iTunes U

Go back to school with iTunes U. (Hyosub Shin /

Go back to school with iTunes U. (Hyosub Shin /

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

14 comments Add your comment


February 28th, 2012
8:25 am

Does the one with Bourdain cover “how to be a pompous ass, inside AND outside the kitchen”?


February 28th, 2012
8:43 am

That sounds like fun. Will have to check it out.


February 28th, 2012
8:52 am

I’ve done a few knife skill tutorials on line and they were extremely helpful (even with my crappy knives) And you don’t have a teacher yeling at you when you make a mistake!


February 28th, 2012
9:56 am

Study at ITunes U to earn slave wages.


February 28th, 2012
10:03 am

Perhaps if our commentators had a little more roughage in their diet, they would be happier.


February 28th, 2012
10:56 am

There are a lot of available, and free, classes online from Yale, Stanford and other universities. And they don’t require iTunes. Also, there is a wealth of free video instructions for almost anything you can think of on Youtube, including cooking and baking, also not requiring iTunes.


February 28th, 2012
1:55 pm

Isn’t this what YOUTUBE is for? Besides videos of cats, juveniles committing crimes and vlogs for people who apparently don’t have friends commenting on movies and tv shows.


February 28th, 2012
3:51 pm

Thanks Jenny! I was unaware of these. Now I’ve got another way to make more out of my commute. I promise I won’t be trying out my knife skills in the car though.

Jenny Turknett

February 28th, 2012
8:42 pm

Art — Yes, a great way to pass the time in the car!

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Good Day Fan

February 29th, 2012
4:03 pm

Merci beaucoup Edward, Openculture is a wealth of information. I would really like use it to brush up on my French and a couple of other things.

Good Day Fan

February 29th, 2012
4:41 pm

Thanks Jenny very useful info.


March 2nd, 2012
6:33 am

If you have an iPad, iTunes U is a fantastic resource to past the time anywhere while educating yourself. There are a ton of free ePubs and now iBooks Textbooks to download too.

Those that have OS X are using iBooks Author to write their own family cook books complete with photographs and multimedia.

It is so simple with the tools Apple makes available. Slip the iPad into a plastic bag and take it the kitchen as a cooking aid.

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