What’s the Best White Wine for Cooking? Here Are the Top Bottles (and How to Choose Them, According to 3 Food Pros)

You’re whipping up a classic chicken Marbella, and the Ina Garten recipe you’re following calls for “dry white wine.” You can’t exactly phone the Contessa herself, but come on, Ina: What the heck does that even mean? Pinot grigio is dry…but so is sauvignon blanc. What gives?

Cooking with wine can be totally confusing. While you might be tempted to grab whatever is hanging out in the back of your fridge, it actually does matter which bottle you choose—to an extent. We asked three food professionals (including a master sommelier, a chef and a nutrition director) to find out once and for all how to choose the best white wine for cooking.

1. Choose a white wine with high acidity and light fruit flavors

Celine Beitchman, director of nutrition at the Institute of Culinary Education, suggests a light- to medium-bodied white for cooking. “Unless you’re making a sweet

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Scared of shrimp? Top tips for cooking this seafood perfectly every time

Shrimp is a seafood seen on many menus, but some home cooks are still intimated by the idea of making the popular shellfish.

Not only do these cost-effective crustaceans pack a serious protein punch, they’re also compatible with most cooking methods, making them a win-win for cooks with any level of expertise. Chef Guido Horst Jendrytzko, who has managed hundreds of cooks aboard Caribbean cruise ships, knows a thing or two about seafood. When they’re at sea, Jendrytzko and his team feed thousands of travelers each day — and there are lots of shrimp dishes served onboard.

He loves cooking with shrimp because it’s versatile (i.e. great for crowds) and it’s also quick. “A good steak, takes a minimum of 10-15 minutes to cook,” said Jendrytzko. “With shrimp, you can have a nice meal in just six to seven minutes.”

If you have 10 minutes to spare, and a source

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