F&W talked to top chefs around the country to learn everything from the quickest way to prepare chicken to the must-have condiments that make almost any dish instantly delicious.

By Ratha Tep
Updated March 31, 2015

“I’m obsessed with artisanal ingredients, but for baking, it’s hard to beat Quick Quaker Oats from the supermarket,” says Matt Lewis of Baked in Brooklyn, New York. “No one has ever come out with a luxury oat that works more beautifully.” Lewis mixes the oats into chocolate-chunk cookies and pie crusts. $3 for 18 oz; quakeroats.com.

20 Lessons from the Pros

More Tips & Recipes from Chefs

Amazing Pies and Tarts

Baking Tips & Recipes

This is Jacques Torres's recipe for sablés, a classic French butter cookie with a sandy, crumbly texture (sablé means "sandy")—though this fabulously dense version is actually more like shortbread. Just add some orange sprinkles and you’ll be set with a tasty Halloween sweet. Plus, you’ll want to be eating leftovers all week long.

Favorite Cookie Recipes