Food is more important than you may realize. It’s the focal point of holidays (Thanksgiving, Christmas and 4th of July, for example), it’s a vital part of the dating scene (dinner and a movie), and regardless of what you’re doing, you’re going to need some every day. Whether you like it or not, food is almost as important as the air we breathe.

It’s this importance that makes us look for variety in the foods we eat. One would get awfully tired of toast and soup if eaten at every meal. What can you do to liven up your cooking? Read on to improve your cooking skills, learn more about international and American cooking styles, and add some new recipes to your collection.