About startcooking.com

Are you a busy, talented person who just never got around to learning the basics of cooking? We built startcooking.com just for you.

Startcooking.com is all about learning the absolute basics of cooking, with short cooking videos and step-by-step photo tutorials.

You’ll learn basic cooking skills in our Tips & Techniques section, like how to wash lettuce. Then use your new moves to make quick and tasty meals from our Recipes section, like a home-made ceasar salad.

With your iPod or mobile phone, you can take the startcooking.com videos everywhere: to the gym, to the market, and even right into your kitchen while you’re trying out a new recipe.

Impressing your friends and family with deceptively delicious, home-made meals has never been easier.

Get ready to start cooking!

About Kathy Maister

Founder, Host and Editorial Director
kathy [at] startcooking [dot com]

Kathy Maister has been passionate about cooking, food, and teaching for as far back as she can remember. Kathy’s lifelong dream has been to inspire people who have never cooked before to say: “I can do that!”

Born and raised in Massachusetts, Kathy graduated from the University of Massachusetts with a major in Home Economics, then moved to Boston and became a Home Ec teacher.

When cutbacks meant no more budget for Home Economics classes, Kathy was afraid her dream of teaching cooking was gone forever.

Fast forward to the fall of 2005. While Kathy watched her husband David Maister film a series of business videos, she started thinking about all the people who are really smart, well-educated and clueless about how to cook. Despite all the TV cooking shows and cookbooks out there, there’s really nothing out there to help smart people learn the basics. Kathy recognized that videocasting could be fresh way to share what she knew, and the teacher in her came alive all over again.

In 2006, when Kathy Maister launched startcooking.com and the startcooking.com Video Cast series, it was her dream come true.

Today she’s busy writing the startcooking.com Blog, making the startcooking.com Video Casts, and otherwise living happily ever after teaching cooking basics to her heart’s content.